Kat Bawden is a photographer and teaching artist based in Los Angeles. Her portraits and long-form photographic essays explore American lives on the fringe and document humans' relationships to place. Her photography, writing, and multimedia pieces have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and Scalawag Magazine, among other publications. She has collaborated with numerous brands and nonprofit organizations to tell their stories through engaging visual media.
Since 2016, Kat has led participatory documentary photography workshops across the South with people who have experienced drug addiction, homelessness, and sexual abuse. She teaches people to photograph their lives, and together they create a body of work that educates the public and policymakers.
Before becoming a professional photographer, Kat worked as a community organizer and taught English to immigrants and refugees.