Kathryn Kolb Bio
Born in Indiana, Kathryn Kolb grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. She attended Emory University in Atlanta, graduating with a BA in History in 1983. Kolb began working as a freelance journalistic photographer in Atlanta in 1986, after studying photography at the Southeastern Center for the Arts.
Since the mid-1990s, Kathryn Kolb has turned exclusively to fine art photography, exploring imagery of natural forms and landscapes in both color and black and white. Her most recent work, mostly in color, is perhaps more akin to abstract painting than to photography, yet Kolb stays true to her medium in its purest form—all works are straightforward, un-manipulated images printed by the artist herself.
Kolb‘s fine art photographs can be found in numerous private and institutional collections including those of the Georgia Museum in Athens, GA, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, King and Spalding (Atlanta), Barg Coffin Lewis & Trapp LLP (San Francisco), Georgia Conservancy, Emory's Goizueta Business School, Georgia Tech, and the City of Atlanta
Kolb's editorial work is characterized by an artistic style with strong graphic elements. Her photographs have been widely published and have appeared in Smithsonian, Veranda, Rolling Stone, Nature Conservancy, Orion magazine and many others.
Special photographic projects Kolb accomplished include: a series of environmental portraits of regional artists for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution and of Athens musicians, including artists REM and Indigo Girls. Her work was included in Sierra Club publications and she illustrated several articles fro Smithsonian magazine. The Wilderness Society commissioned Kolb to photograph roadless and wilderness areas of the southeastern Appalachians for the publication, Why Wilderness? What the Last Remaining Wildlands of the Southern Appalachians Mean to the People of the Southeast, published in 2004.
Winner, Nature Photography Category, International Book Awards, 2010
Sharing the Planet Award, Atlanta Jobs Corps, 2009
Print Excellence Award, for Georgia‘s Last Wild Places calendars, Printing Industry Association of Georgia, 2000, 2001
Award of Appreciation for Outstanding Achievement, Sierra Club, 1999
Outstanding Commitment to Protecting Georgia‘s Forests, Georgia Forestwatch, 1998