Photo by Gabe Rivin

Photo by Gabe Rivin

Kat Bawden is a photographer and teaching artist based in Los Angeles. Her work explores American lives on the fringe and documents humans' relationships to the things we own and leave behind. Her photography, writing, and multimedia pieces have appeared in The Los Angeles TimesThe Huffington Post, and Scalawag Magazine, among other publications. She has collaborated with numerous brands and nonprofit organizations to tell their stories through engaging visual media.

Before pursuing photography professionally, Kat was a community organizer and taught English to immigrants and refugees. Today, she uses her skills in community engagement and education to lead participatory documentary photography projects with marginalized communities. In these photovoice programs, Kat teaches people to document their lives through photography. Together, they create a body of work that educates the public and policymakers on the realities facing these individuals. Her ongoing projects with people who use drugs in the South have been supported with grants from the Third Wave Foundation and the State of West Virginia.

Kat studied documentary arts at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and undergraduate degrees in Social Science and Environmental Science from the University of Michigan.

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Selected Clients & Publications

The Open Society Foundations, Airbnb, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Amplifier Magazine, Benevolence Farm, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, Detour, Finch & Partners, Fotografia Magazine, The Influence, North Carolina Health News, North Carolina AIDS Action Network, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Prince Street Podcast by Dean & DeLuca, The Raleigh News & Observer, Scalawag Magazine, Street Symphony, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, YouTHink & the Zimmer Children's Museum.


Group Exhibitions

Projections in the Boomyard, Infinity Room Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Faculty, Member, and Alumni Exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA, 2018

Creative Portrait Exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA, 2017

Creative Portrait Exhibition - Virtual Online Gallery, Los Angeles Center of Photography, 2017

Residential College Alumni Art Exhibition, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2017



Unseen Morgantown: A Community Photovoice Project, Monongalia Arts Center, Morgantown, WV, 2018

Southern Etiquette Photovoice Project, National Harm Reduction Conference, San Diego, CA, 2016


Grants & Honors

State of West Virginia, Grant for "Unseen Morgantown: A Community Photovoice Project," 2018

Third Wave Fund, Grant for "Southern Etiquette Photovoice Project," 2016

North Carolina Governor's Service Award, Nominee, 2016

UNC Chapel Hill Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award, 2014

UNC Chapel Hill, Koch Student Travel Award, 2012


Photography Education Experience

West Virginia University & Milan Puskar Health Right, Unseen Morgantown: A Community Photovoice Project, 2018

Los Angeles Center of Photography, The Urban Landscape for Teens, 2018

Los Angeles Center of Photography, Introduction to Portrait Photography for Teens, 2018

Los Angeles Center of Photography, Travel Photography for Teens, 2018

Lucie Foundation SNAPSHOP! Program, Telling Your Story, 2018

Los Angeles Boys & Girls Club, After-school Photography Instructor, 2018

Los Angeles Center of Photography, The Urban Landscape for Teens, 2017

Los Angeles Center of Photography, Introduction to Documentary Photography for Teens, 2017

Urban Survivors' Union of North Carolina, Southern Etiquette Photovoice Project, 2016