Kat Bawden (b. Chicago, IL, 1986) is a photographer and visual artist based in Los Angeles whose work explores the duality of our internal and external lives. Kat works with photographs, self-portraiture, text, and installation to illuminate and question the lines between propriety and transgression, deviance and normalcy.

Kat’s work has appeared in The Los Angeles TimesThe Huffington Post, F-Stop Magazine, Lenscratch, NME, and Scalawag Magazine, 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 addiction, homelessness, and trauma. These workshops guide participants to use photography and writing to document their life stories, 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. Before a career in art, Kat worked as a community organizer and teacher.

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


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