Chicago, IL, United States
Indiana UniversityKansas City Art Institute
An avid water lover, Karen Glaser was given a little, yellow Minolta Weathermatic instamatic, underwater camera for her birthday more than 25 years ago and it changed her life. In those first pictures she saw something unfamiliar and exciting. There was a newly transformed world of possibilities. The nature of water is infinite and in a constant state of flux. It struck her that through those pictures she captured fleeting moments of perfect harmony that were as temporal as the life of a bubble.
Today Glaser still finds herself drawn to subjects in and around water. Florida’s rivers, springs and swamps as well as the sharks and rays in the Pacific waters off of the Americas, have become pure obsessions.
Born in Pittsburgh PA, Karen grew up in a sea of academics – “dad was a world-renowned instructional psychologist”. Glaser says, “how I started doing this kind of photography, diving and crawling around in the mud and muck, I may never completely understand. But I think it has to do with a gut feeling that with all the intellectual discourse around me growing up there was a more visceral, tangible substance at the foundation of it all and I was going to be there to experience it”.
Karen Glaser has an MFA in photography and continues an active photographic practice, She as taught lectured and given workshops for many years. Glaser’s pictures are in several museum, corporate and private collections. Selected honors include a Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Regional Fellowship, an Artist in Residence award, Everglades National Park, FL and a second Artist in Residence award at Big Cypress National Preserve, FL. She was chosen to be the Photographer Laureate, in 2010 for the City of Tampa, FL. In 2013 Glaser received the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for the Visual Arts, Distinguished Artist Award, Pensacola, FL. For more information, please see Karen Glaser’s website. karenglaserphotography.com
American photographerhas spent lots of time in, around, and under the waters of lush, exotic areas of the Everglades in Florida, translating her visceral experiences into stunning works of natural beauty.