“Light and shadow are spiritual elements for me. My first visual passions were painting and drawing. But when I discovered the immediacy of photography, and the play of light (to create an image) and dark (to bring it to life in the darkroom), I knew I had found my way.”
Photographer Kathryn Kleinman takes inspiration from light, water, and nature's abundant beauty.
Kathryn’s multifaceted gifts have led to a career that features her work in national advertising campaigns, magazines and books.
Since opening her studio in San Francisco in 1980 she has successfully balanced high-impact editorial and advertising work with personal creative projects. She has produced 18+ books featuring her photography. Her work generates conversations and sparks ideas, and has garnered multiple awards. For example, she won the James Beard Foundation Award of Excellence for Best Food Photography. She also took home the IACP Julia Child Award (International Association of Culinary Professionals) for her luminous work in The Glass Pantry.
She credits her love for visual storytelling to her childhood, surrounded by the northern light of Minnesota’s changing seasons. As a young artist, she blossomed in the studio arts program at the University of Minnesota — exploring many dimensions in painting, drawing, and photography.
Nature has always inspired Kathryn. She brings to her work both an artist’s eye for composition and an innate understanding of light and texture.
Kathryn lives and works in Marin County, California where the other loves of her life are her family and mountain biking.