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Born 1969, USA. Lives and works in New York, United States.

Janelle Lynch is an American large-format photographer with a 20-year career during which she has investigated themes of absence, presence, transcendence, and the life cycle through the landscapes and waterways of the United States, Mexico, and Spain. Her most recent series, Another Way of Looking at Love, which was described as “…full of delicate hope,” by writer and curator Charlotte Cotton, explores nature as a metaphor to consider the personal, societal, and environmental consequences of disconnection, and simultaneously, our inherent yearning for connection.

Lynch received an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts where she studied with Joel Sternfeld and Stephen Shore. In 2003, she completed the Master Class in Photography, a one-on-one tutorial with Shore at Bard College. From 2015-2018, while photographing Another Way of Looking at Love, Lynch studied perceptual drawing and painting with Graham Nickson at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture.

Her photographs are in museum collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of the City of New York; New York Public Library; Brooklyn Museum; George Eastman Museum; and the New-York Historical Society. She has three monographs published by Radius Books: Los Jardines de México (2010); AIGA award-winning Barcelona (2013), which also features her writings; and Another Way of Looking at Love (2018), which includes an essay by Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs, Christie’s.

Since 1999, Lynch’s work has been shown internationally. She has had one-person museum exhibitions at the Museo Archivo de la Fotografía (Mexico City), the Southeast Museum of Photography (Daytona Beach, FL), and the Burchfield Penney Art Center (Buffalo, NY). A solo exhibition of Another Way of Looking at Love will open at the Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY) in late 2019.

Lynch’s work has appeared in international publications including The Boston Globe, The Buffalo News, The Photo Review, Photo District News, photo-eye, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Photo-International, and La Vanguardia.

She is a faculty member at the International Center of Photography and a frequent guest lecturer. She writes about photography for Afterimage, photo-eye, and The Photo Review.

Lynch has received several awards and honours, including three 8×10 Film Grants from Kodak and artist residencies at Wave Hill, the Burchfield Penney Art Center, and The Hermitage Artist Retreat. She was a finalist for the Cord Prize, Santa Fe Prize for Photography, and Photo España Descubrimientos. This is her third Prix Pictet nomination.