Ann Mitchell was born in New York City and raised in California. With a BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design, she worked as an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer for over a decade. She then left commercial photography to pursue her own imagery, complete her MFA from Claremont Graduate University and has been the Chair of the Art & Photography Department at Long Beach City College.
Her imagery is grounded in the Californian environments she grew up in. There is almost a genetic imprint in her desire to explore how we live and what motivates us. An urban archeologist, she attempts to find the poetry in the everyday experience of our interior and exterior landscapes.
Her photographs have been included in a large number of solo and group exhibitions in the United States. She has also served as curator and organizer of photo-related events. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and Balcony Press released Austin Val Verde: Impressions of a Montecito Masterpiece, a monograph of the Val Verde project. Ann Mitchell continues to teach and pursue her photographic interests in her new series The Razor’s Edge, a constructed set of psychological landscapes.