Lori Grinker, born in New York, is an award-winning documentary photographer. Internationally exhibited and published, her work has garnered many awards, including a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fellowship, an Ernst Hass Grant, Open Society Community Engagement Grant, and a Hasselblad Foundation Grant. Using still photographs, text and video, she is known for long-term, intimate documentary projects with a strong creative vision. She has published two books: The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, and Afterwar: Veterans from a World in Conflict. Her photographs are held in the collections of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the International Center of Photography, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and San Francisco MOMA (among others). A lecturer at Yale since 2010, and a faculty member at ICP, she teaches workshops around the world. Her current project, Distant Relations, explores through landscapes, portraits, and interiors her family’s diaspora. She is represented by Nailya Alexander Gallery in New York, Meo Represents, and has been a member of Contact Press Images since 1988.



2012  Laurie M.Tisch Gallery, The JCC, NYC
2011  Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC
2011  FOVEA Gallery, Beacon, New York
2009-11  USA high school tour (New York, New Haven, Madison, Minneapolis, San Francisco)
2008  Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC
2008  Botero Museum, Medellin, Colombia
2008  RA Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
2008  Look 3, Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, VA
2007  FOVEA Gallery, Beacon, New York
2006  Minnesota Center for Photography
2006  Indiana State University Art Gallery, Terre Haute, IN
2006  Project 4 Gallery, Washington DC
2005  Internationale Fotoage, Manheim, Germany
2005  Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC
2005  United Nations, NY
2004  Maryland Art Place (MAP), Baltimore
2003  Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
1990- 93  US tour (Selected venues - The Invisible Thread exhibition):
1990- 93  Memorial Union Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1990- 93  National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia
1990- 93  Spertus Museum, Chicago
1990- 93  City College, University of New York, NYC
1985  The Invisible Thread, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC


2013  Showing: Work, Family, Dilemmas, and Dreams (working subtitle), Game Face Productions (forthcoming)
2013  Intersections: Art & Community, Laurie M Tisch Illumination Fund, NYC
2013  War/Photography, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Texas
2012  Through Our Lens: Photographers Reflect on Empowerment, 25CPW Gallery, NYC
2011  Lishui Museum of Photography, China
2010  AIPAD, Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC
2009  Iraqi Voices, FotoWeek DC, Washington
2007  Apocalypse, Candace Dwan and Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC
2007  l'Europe, Centre national de l'audiovisuel, Luxembourg
2007  Moving Walls International UAE, Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon
2006  About Love, Candace Dwan and Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC
2006  The Body at Risk, International Center for Photography, NYC
2003  Killer Shots: A Photographic Response to War, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
2003  Moving Walls, Open Society Institute, NYC, Washington D.C., Baltimore, MD
2002  Eleven, Witnessing the World Trade Center 1974-2001, Contact Press Images, world tour
2001  Here is New York, Museum of Modern Art, NYC
2000  The Art of Documentary Photography, Portland Museum of Art, Maine
2000  Conceptual Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
2000  The War We Forgot, First Photography Festival in Asia, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2000  Spatial Relations, Rosenberg & Kaufman Gallery, NYC
1998  Keep the Light on Human Rights, Fujita Vente Museum, Tokyo, Japan
1991  The Meaning of Life, Little Brown


Authored Books
2004  AFTERWAR; Veterans from a World in Conflict, de.MO Publisher (co-author Diana Bletter)
1989  The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, The Jewish Publication Society

Selected Books containing works by Lori Grinker
2012  War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)
2006  The Body at Risk: Photography of Disorder, Illness, and Healing, (University of California)
2006  Photography Books Index III, (Scarecrow Press)
2005  A Day in the Life of the American Woman, (Bullfinch)
2003  Pandemic Facing AIDS, (Umbrage Editions)
2003  America 24/7, (DK Publishers)
2003  A Day in the Life of the U.S. Armed Forces, (HarperCollins)
2002  Eleven, Witnessing the World Trade Center, (Rizzoli/Universe)
2002  Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs, (Scalo)
2002  A Day in the Life of Africa, (Tides Foundation)
2002  The Spirit of Family – Al and Tipper Gore, (Henry Holt)
1999  Descubrir España, National Geographic Society, (RBA Publications, Spain)
1998  Women in the Material World, (Sierra Club Books)
1998  One Digital Day, How the Microchip is Changing Our World, (Crown)
1996  Jerusalem: In the Shadow of Heaven, Collins Publishers
1995  The Mission: Inside the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, (Epicenter)
1995  A Day in the Life of Thailand, (Collins Publishers)
1995  LIFE with Father, (Little Brown)
1994  Truth Needs No Ally; Inside Photojournalism (University of Missouri)
1993  The Wall, A Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, (St. Martins)
1993  The Face of Mercy: A Photographic History of Medicine at War, (Random House)


2013  PBS News Hour “The Wilderness of War” January
2011  New York Times, Lens (online), “Piecing Together an Ancestral Puzzle” September 20
2011  Loupe (Photographic Resource Center, Boston), “Lori Grinker, Distant Relations”
2010  ARTE, profile of Lori Grinker: France, Germany
2009  Nieman Reports, “When War Ends: The Trauma That Remains” Winter
2009  Australian Photojournalist, “Afterwar by Lori Grinker” Summer
2008  Monthly Photography Magazine, Korea, Lori Grinker, October
2008  Nieman Reports, “Iraqis: Making Visible The Scars of Exile” Summer
2008  The New Yorker, ART, exhibition review, February 4
2008  Men’s Journal, “A.W.O.L” February
2008  The New Yorker, Fiction, December 3
2008  American Photo/Pop Photo, “Lori Grinker: 15 Years Documenting War” March
2008  Spin, “Fury, Fear, Philosophy: Understanding Mike Tyson” September
2008  Huffington Post, “Reading the Pictures: The Forgotten Iraqi Exiles” January
2007  PicturaPixel, Electronic Photo Magazine:
2006  The Body at Risk: Photography of Disorder, Illness, and Healing, U. of California Press
2006  The Minneapolis Star Tribune, review by art critic Mary Abbe, November 9
2006  Time Magazine,
2006  Time Out Dubai, Battle Scarred,” August 31
2006  Chinese Photography magazine, “Lori Grinker and Don McCullin”, July
2006  Photographer’s Companion Magazine, China, “Lori Grinker, Afterwar” March
2006  The Washington Post, review, Afterwar exhibition, March 4
2005  The New York Times, “Picturing Some Shocks That Flesh Is Heir To” December 26
2005  lens culture:
2005  Anthropological Quarterly, (cover) Winter
2005  Photo-Eye, “Survey of the Best New Photography Books 2005”
2005  Chronogram, Cover and review of Afterwar exhibition, April
2005  Sacramento Bee, “A poignant look at what happens to the injured, Afterwar” April 24
2005  The New Yorker, Afterwar exhibition, “Goings on About Town” March 28
2005  Time Out New York, Afterwar exhibition, “Don’t Miss” March 10
2005  The New York Sun, “A Photojournalist Focuses on the Lives of Veterans” May 25
2005  Revista Lateral (Spain), “Speaking for the Wounded”
2005  The British Journal of Photography, “After the Fighting, Surviving” May 25
2005  The Digital Journalist, “War Without End” May
2005  The Los Angeles Times Book Review, “Maimed, betrayed, forgotten” January 30
2005  The Globalist,
2005  The Financial Times, “When the battle is over” January 3
2002  Rolling Stone, “9/11: That was then, This is now” September
2001  Time, A Year to Remember, December (cover)
2001  Life Magazine, “Focus on September 11” October
2000  Marie Claire, "Sisters in Arms” May
1998  Stern, “Für Sie Hört Kreig Niemals Auf” October
1998  Photo District News, “AfterWar” September
1998  Culturefront (magazine & on-line), “Heroes” Summer
1998  La Revista (Spain), “Guerras de Verdad y de Mentira” September
1997  Geo (France), “Combattants d'Afrique” November
1996  Atlas, “Blind Women’s Orchestra” (print & web)
1995  Natural History, “Sounds of Light and Hope” November
1993  The New York Times op-ed page, “Disaster in the Sudan” February 12
1991  The New York Times op-ed page, “Different Wars, Same Sadness” November 11
1991  American Photo, “How Photojournalism Can Change the World” September
1990  The New York Times Magazine (cover), “Giap Remembers," June 24
1989  Photo magazine (France), “The Invisible Thread” November
1989  Newsweek, “The Youngest Soldiers” (cover)
1986  Sports Illustrated, “Will Love and Marriage K.O. Mike Tyson” (cover), June 13
1980  South African Boxing World, “Muhammad Ali at Dundee’s Gym” April


2006  Los Angeles Times Book Review, “The Other Side of War, Women's Stories of. Survival & Hope” December 24

TV, FILM and RADIO (Selected)

2013  CNN Films (no title yet), documentary film on the images taken at Ground Zero (September)
2012  Black Heritage Network, video feature, “The Little Freedom Church: Saint James AME Zion”
2008  James Toback's "Tyson”
2008  Bill Moyers Journal, “Lori Grinker on Displaced Iraqis”
2006  Minnesota Public Radio, November 13, Midmorning with Kerri Miller, “Afterwar”
2006  KFAI Minnesota, Radio Catalyst: Politics & Culture with Lydia Howell, “Afterwar”
2006  Photo World, SXRTV China, “Lori Grinker, Afterwar”
2005  BBC RADIO, Night Waves with Paul Allen, “Afterwar”
2003  NOW (with Bill Moyers) - USA Public Television, “Afterwar”
2003  NOW (with Bill Moyers) - USA Public Television, “Aboard the USNS Comfort”
1999  German Public Television, “Afterwar”
1993  CNN-International Hour, “Famine in the Sudan”


Akron Art Museum, Ohio
Centre National de l'audiovisuel, Dudelange, Luxembourg
International Center of Photography (ICP), NYC
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Jewish Museum, NYC
City; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
New York Historical Society, NYC
Portland Museum of Art;
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam
US Embassy to Kenya, Nairobi


2008  Open Society Institute Project Distribution Grant
2008  American Photography 24
2008  American Photo Images of the Year
2007  The Puffin Foundation
2005  Dart Society, Ochberg Fellowship
2005  The Kaplowitz Foundation
2004  The Herbert Bearman Foundation
2002  Puffin Foundation
2000  Florence and John Schumann Foundation
1999  Hasselblad Foundation
1999  New York Foundation for the Arts, Catalog Grant
1999  Heathcote Art Foundation
1999  Mosaïque Programme Grant – Luxembourg
1998  W. Eugene Smith Grant, Fellowship Award
1997  The Ernst Haas Award
1997  Santa Fe Center, Project Grant
1997  POY: Pictures of the Year, Award of Excellence
1996  World Press Foundation, First Prize, The Arts Stories


1976-1980  Communication Design, Photography, Parsons School of Design, NYC
(studied with Bernice Abbott, Joyce Baronio, Benedict J. Fernandez, George Tice, Lisette Model)
1976-1977  Windham College, Putney, Vermont (Photographic study with Harold Feinstein)


2004 - Present  Faculty, International Center of Photography (ICP), NYC
• Documentary Photography & Photojournalism: Seminar and Story Telling courses
• General Studies in Photography: “Visualizing Ulysses” (Developed by Lori Grinker, using James Joyce’s Ulysses, the challenge of this class is to rethink visual narratives and explore new
photographic possibilities.)
• Continuing Education: “The Book Project”
2010 - Present  Lecturer at Yale College, CT, “ Photographing New Haven”

WORKSHOPS (selected)

2013   “The Photographer as Artist and Social Documentarian” ICP, NYC, February-March
2013   “Navigating the Long Term Photographic Project” Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY, July
2011  Anderson Ranch, Colorado, August
2006  Al-liquindoi Workshops with the Open Society Institute, Dubai, August


2012   Powerhouse Arena, NYC “On the Razor's Edge: Form and content in documentary”
2012   Photoville, NYC “The New Documentary”
2011   Fordham University, NYC “Documenting Diasporas”
2011   Rhode Island School of Design, Providence “Picturing Soldiers”
2010   Morgan Library & Museum, NYC, Illustrated Lecture by Lori Grinker
2010   Yale, New Haven, World Fellows Program
2010   New York Institute for the Humanities, NYC, “Bearing Witness”
2010   Samuel Friedman Theatre, NYC, “Time Stands Still”, “After Words” panel, NYC
2010   Columbia University, Dart Academic Fellows Program, NYC

Previous Talks and Guest Lectures include:
American University, Washington, DC
Botero Museum, Medellin, Colombia
Columbia University School of Journalism, NYC
Coppin State University, Baltimore
Indiana State University, Terre Haute
International Center for Photography, NYC
Kiev FotoCom, Ukraine
Maryland Art Place (MAP), Baltimore
Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis
New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, Cambridge, MA
Palm Beach Photographic Center, FL
Pierson College, Yale University, New Haven
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
Royal Photographic Society, London, UK
Santa Fe Center for Photography (now Center), NM
School of Visual Arts, NYC
Tufts University, Boston

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