KayLynn Deveney was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Mexico, a master's degree in documentary photography at the University of Wales, Newport and a practice-based Ph.D. in photography, also in Newport. Her doctoral studies focused on the ways contemporary and historical photographic diaries and self-books address myths of domesticity.
KayLynn’s photographic work has been exhibited internationally and is held in permanent collections including those of The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois, Light Work in Syracuse, New York and the Portland Art Museum in Oregon.
KayLynn's first photographic book, The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in August, 2007 and was chosen as an official selection for the Arles Contemporary Book Prize, 2008, selected by PhotoEspana to be shown in "The Best Photography Books" exhibition held at the National Library of Madrid, June and July, 2008, and chosen as one of 20 nominees for the New York Photo Awards "Best Photography Book" award, 2008.
In December 2008, KayLynn received an artist grant from the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation.
In August 2015, KayLynn exhibited her work in the Dali International Photography Exhibition in China and was honored to receive the Redpoll Trophy.
KayLynn's new book, All You Can Lose Is Your Heart, was published by Kehrer Verlag in December 2015.
KayLynn now lives in Northern Ireland and is a full-time lecturer in the Belfast School of Art at Ulster University.