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Judith Katz


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Research interests

Judith Katz is a photographer with interests in landscape, intimate detail and the poetic element in photography.

Her photographs have been bought for major international collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. Coming to photography following interests in dance and performance art, her work is characterised by the attention to small details and rituals of life that might be overlooked or forgotten. 


Scholarly biography and interests

Judith Katz lectures in photography at the University of Brighton. Her artistic career began in Dance and Choreography, after she trained in the technique of Martha Graham at the London School of Contemporary Dance. Subsequently she became a performance artist, creating highly experimental pieces in found environments, referencing the individual qualities and small histories of chosen locations. The use of objects, displaced from their ordinary context was a vital ingredient, as was a sense of a stilled moment in time, and the arrested gesture.

The attention to small details and rituals of life, the overlooked, the forgotten, the impermanent have been key elements in her photographic work arising from her performance experience. Her images provide insight into the private self, evoke the fragility of human existence, and suggest that objects and environments are ephemeral, as is life itself.

Judith Katz’ research interests bring together knowledge and expertise derived from her degrees in photography, English literature, dance and choreography. Her work investigates the possibilities and limitations of photography in evoking memory through stillness. She reflects on the encoding of time in the perception of everyday things; and focuses upon the visual rendering of objects as charged ingredients, silent, elegaic, vulnerable.

Essentially her photographs depict archaeological traces and fragments of human existence which are emblematic of remembrance and mourning. Suggesting a tactile materiality, the images offer a compelling combination of sight and touch, and reflect on the capability of the medium to elicit an emotional response in the viewer.

Judith Katz' images are not specifically locatable in time or place, but convey a generalised sense of the past. Imbued with feelings of absence, presence, familiarity, and loss, the works present a paradoxical juxtaposition of moving backwards and forwards in personal time. 

Judith Katz' photographic work has been exhibited internationally and is collected widely, appearing world wide in private and public collections. Permanent collections include:

  • The Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris
  • Museum of Modern Art, Houston, Texas
  • The New Orleans Museum of Art
  • The Folkwang Museum, Essen
  • The New York Public Library at 42nd Street
  • Angela Flowers Permanent Collection, London
  • Museum Ludwig, Cologne
  • Freshfields, Bruckhaus, Deringer, London

Judith continues to receive world-wide invitations to contribute images to, for example, the Kobe Aid Fund, World Photo Art Exhibition in Japan.

Her photographic images have appeared as covers and within works published by: Bloomsbury, EMI, Hamish Hamilton, Jonathan Cape, Oxford University Press, Pan MacMillan, Penguin, Picador, Routledge, Thames and Hudson, Vintage, Virago, and Skira Editore for the Biennale di Firenze. 


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Research Output 2007 2011

  • 2 Other contribution
  • 1 Exhibition

A Celebration of Kodachrome

Katz, J., 19 Jan 2011

Research output: Non-textual outputExhibitionResearch

Research Projects

Association of Photographers Awards Exhibition

Katz, J., 26 Mar 2007, London, UK

Research output: Other contributionResearch

Association of Photographers
Art Director
Gaston Bachelard


Katz, J., 1 Nov 2007, Paris, France

Research output: Other contributionResearch

Gaston Bachelard