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Olivia Parker Guest Lecturer October 12

Olivia Parker - Bio

After graduating from Wellesley College with a degree in the history of art, Parker began her career as a painter, and became involved in photography in 1970.Mostly self-taught she makes ephemeral constructions to photograph and experiments with the endless possibilities of light.She has had more than one hundred one-person exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and her work is represented in major private, corporate, and museum collections, including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.Portfolios of her work have been published in Art News, American Photographer, Camera, Camera Arts, The Sciences and numerous other magazines in the United States, Europe, and Japan.There have been three monographs of Parker’s work:Signs of Life (Godine, 1978), Under the Looking Glass (New York Graphic Society, 1983), and Weighing The Planets (New York Graphic Society, 1987).She has lectured and conducted workshops extensively both in this country and abroad.In 1996 she received a Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award.Residencies include Dartmouth College in 1988, The MacDowell Colony in 1993 and The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1997. In 1998 she did the title sequence for the PBS Television documentary Africans in America.In 2002-3 Parker Photographed in Anhui Province, China for The Peabody Essex Museum.At present she is working on a group of pictures that involve illustrated books, tablets and pages in order to explore the relationship between verbal and visual thinking. Also, she is making pictures of common bugs and continuing ‘Objects of Comfort and Despair,’ an ongoing exploration of still life.


Technical Note:

During the last 35 years, Olivia Parker has made black and white and color photographs in many formats from 4 x 5 to 12×20 silver contact prints, Polaroid 4×5 to 20×24, Cibachrome paper in 11×14 camera, and now digital. From 1993-2002 she used her photographs as source material for composites that became Nash Editions digital prints.In 2000 she began to use digital cameras for straight work as well as composites.Presently she is using Canon 1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark II cameras. Although she has been making smaller digital prints in her own studio since 1993 it was only in 2003 that Parker started making her own large format digital prints both straight and composite with an Epson 7600.Now she is printing both black and white and color with an Epson 7800.




Visit her web site at:  http://oliviaparker.com/