I’m one of those photographers who always carries a camera and is constantly, to the occasional annoyance of friends, family and the general public, taking pictures. Some of the work I do is project-oriented, and some, quite a lot, actually, is simply the result of random encounters with time and place. If I were to write a statement about these images in the context of their inclusion here, it would be this:
“These images were made by me during the Summer. To a certain extent, they are a superficial record of where I’ve been, what I’ve done and who I’ve done it with during those months. I also take pictures in the Spring, Fall and Winter.” —Karl Baden
Karl Baden has been a photographer since 1972. His photographs have been widely exhibited, including at the Robert Mann Gallery; Zabriskie Gallery; Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Howard Yezerski Gallery; The Institute of Contemporary Art; Decordova Museum and The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; Musée Batut in France; Photokina in Cologne, Germany; and The Photographers Gallery in London. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Kenan Foundation and Light Work Visual Studies. His photographs and visual books are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Addison Gallery of American Art; Polaroid International Collection; the List Visual Arts Center at MIT; the Guggenheim Museum; the New York Public Library and the Boston Public Library. He has been on the faculty at Boston College since 1989.
In 2012, Baden was one of 15 photographers from around the world, living and deceased, to participate in the exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Question of Colour, held at Somerset House In London. A 250-page book accompanies the exhibition.
In 2000, Baden was the subject of a 26-year retrospective exhibition at Light Work Visual Studies. How did I Get Here?, a 48-page catalogue, accompanies the exhibition.
In 2014, Blue Sky Books published a monograph of some of Baden’s work from the 1980s, entitled Work from two Bodies.
Karl Baden is represented by the Miller Yezerski Gallery: milleryezerskigallery.com.