Tamara Reynolds

Tamara Reynolds

Fellow: Awarded 2021
Field of Study: Photography

Competition: US & Canada

Tamara Reynolds “weave[s] into [her] compelling images a sense of urgency, so that what might have begun as a private inquiry could assume broader significance in our current moment. This is an exceedingly difficult thing to do, and I am in awe whenever I encounter a body of work that seems to open up new paths towards understanding the world around us.” — Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art.

Tamara Reynolds is a documentary photographer whose unflinching eye considers what it means to be human in today’s society. In particular, her work focuses on the lives of those who are usually unseen.

Reynolds’ photobook The Drake will be published by Dewi Lewis in 2021. The work — portraits, still lifes and streetscapes that document the lives of people existing just above survival on one square block around a motel in Nashville, Tennessee — has received numerous honors, including the prestigious Santa Fe Center 2018 Project Launch Grant, the 2019 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant and a 2020 Puffin Grant.

Reynolds was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and has lived there all her life.

Photo Credit: Nuvia Crisol Guerra

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