Exhibition: ‘Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor’ at Phoenix Art Museum

30th November – 8th March 2009


Linda Connor. "Prayer Flag and Chortens, Ladakh, India 1988"


Linda Connor (b. 1944)
Prayer Flag and Chortens, Ladakh, India 1988
Silver gelatin print


Linda Connor (b. 1944) 'Windows and Thangkas, Ladakh' 1988


Linda Connor (b. 1944)
Windows and Thangkas, Ladakh
Silver gelatin print


Linda Connor (b. 1944) 'Library of Prayer Books, Ladakh, India' 1988


Linda Connor (b. 1944)
Library of Prayer Books, Ladakh, India
Silver gelatin print



Connor’s photographs reveal the essence of her subjects, yielding a sense of timelessness while visually evoking the intangible. She uses a distinctive technique. A large-format view camera allows her to achieve remarkable clarity and rich detail. Her prints are created by direct contact of the 8×10-inch negative on printing out paper, exposed and developed using sunlight …

Connor embraces a wide range of subject matter, connecting the physical and the spiritual world. Just as sacred art evokes deep meaning even without an explicit understanding, Connor hopes her photographs serve a similar metaphorical function. Upon entering Chartres Cathedral, for example, one feels transported into another realm, regardless of religious beliefs. Connor’s images share this transformative nature as they transcend the boundaries of subject, culture, and time. She brings an equal amount of attention to a rock in the desert as she does when she photographs a temple.

Text from the Phoenix Art Museum website

Many thankx to the Phoenix Art Museum for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.


Linda Connor is an American photographer who photographs spiritual and exotic locations including India, Mexico, Thailand,Ireland, Peru, and Nepal. Her photographs appear in a number of books, including Spiral Journey, a catalog of her exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in 1990 and Odyssey: Photographs by Linda Connor, published by Chronicle Books in 2008. Connor was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1976 and 1988 and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1979. Connor’s work is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.


Linda Connor. 'Portal Figures, Chartres Cathedral, France' 1989


Linda Connor (b. 1944)
Portal Figures, Chartres Cathedral, France
Silver gelatin print



Doris and John Norton Gallery for the Center for Creative Photography, Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA

Opening hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 9pm
Thursday:10am – 5pm
Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
(First Friday: 10am – 10pm)
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 12 – 5pm

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson
27th March – 21st June 2009

Phoenix Art Museum website


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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His art work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes Art Blart, a photographic archive and form of cultural memory, which posts mainly photography exhibitions from around the world. He holds a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne, a Master of Arts (Fine Art Photography) from RMIT University, and a Master of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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