Located at the intersection of aesthetics and social realism, Kristin Bedford’s photography explores race, visual stereotypes and communal self-expression. Through long-term engagement with communities, Bedford makes photographs that invite us to reconsider prevalent visual narratives around cultural and spiritual movements.
Bedford’s work is held in private and public collections worldwide, including the permanent collection at the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University. Her work has appeared in group exhibitions in England, France, Spain and throughout the United States. Bedford has had solo exhibitions in the U.S. at the Daylight Project Space, the Brehm Center and the Allen Gallery.
Bedford gives talks internationally about her projects, including presentations at Pop-Up Magazine, Parsons The New School of Design and on numerous National Public Radio broadcasts. Her work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Esquire and The Huffington Post.
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. Based in Los Angeles, Bedford works on photography projects across the U.S.
"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