Kat Bawden (b. Chicago, IL, 1986) is a photographer and visual artist in Los Angeles. Her work examines relationships — to romantic partners, to the objects we own, and to one’s body — as a means of exploring the duality of our internal and external lives. Her visual narratives linger in ambiguous moments, questioning the lines between deviance and normalcy, propriety and transgression. A multidisciplinary artist, Kat works with photographs, self-portraiture, text, installation, and hand-made books.

Kat’s work has appeared in The Los Angeles TimesThe Huffington Post, F-Stop Magazine, Feature Shoot, Lenscratch, and NME, among other publications. She has exhibited work at Photoville (New York), the Los Angeles Center of Photography, PhotoPlace Gallery (Vermont), and the Infinity Room Gallery (Los Angeles), among others. Her client list includes numerous non-profit organizations and NGOs such as the Open Society Foundations.

As a teaching artist, Kat leads participatory photography workshops with people who have experienced substance use, homelessness, and trauma. These workshops guide participants to document their lives through photography and writing, culminating in a public exhibition. She also teaches photography to middle and high school students through the LA Center of Photography and the Lucie Foundation.

Selected Clients & Publications

Editorial: Airbnb, Detour, Finch & Partners, Real Good Nutrition, Prince Street Podcast by Dean & DeLuca, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health

Nonprofit: Advocates for Youth, Benevolence Farm, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, The Institute for High Quality Care, North Carolina AIDS Action Network, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Open Society Foundations, ShareWell, Street Symphony, YouTHink & the Zimmer Children's Museum

Publications: Amplifier Magazine, DrDoctor, F-Stop Magazine, Feature Shoot, FotoRoom, The Huffington Post, The Influence, Light Leaked, The Los Angeles Times, NME, North Carolina Health News, The Raleigh News & Observer, Scalawag Magazine