Kristin Bedford is a photographer who focuses on long-term visual studies of where we live – the streets we walk down, the places we worship in, the homes we create, and the spaces between them all. Her subjects have included religious movements, street culture in numerous urban centers, the modern day legacy of historic African American communities, and Chicano lowrider car culture.
Bedford’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, The Huffington Post and Slate. Her photographs are part of the permanent collection at the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University and are included in numerous private collections. Bedford has had solo exhibitions at the Daylight Project Space, The Brehm Center, and the Allen Gallery at Duke University. She has given talks about her work at Pop-Up Magazine, Parsons The New School of Design, Emerson College, the Los Angeles Visionary Association, and NPR’s Which Way L.A.
Bedford holds a B.A. from George Washington University, an A.A. from The Fashion Institute of Technology, and an M.F.A. from Duke University. She has taught photography with the Center for Documentary Studies and Las Fotos Project.
Born and raised in Washington, DC, Bedford resides in Los Angeles and works on photography projects throughout the U.S. She is presently making a body of work on lowriders in Los Angeles of Mexican descent.
"The quiet and tender world of private and reclusive cultures, where words are rare, has produced for Kristin Bedford an opportunity to use her sensibility in the gentlest of manners, with an eloquent respect, to make exceptionally strong and moving photographs. To be patient is not easy in our world of bombast and sensation. Even harder is the instantaneous comprehension of exactly how to compose with imagination. Using the elements of feeling and empathy with an understated, yet powerful vision, she has transformed the ordinary into the exceptional."
-Burk Uzzle, SXSE Photo Magazine Sept/Oct 2014