Teri Havens has been documenting fragments of American culture for over thirty years. Recurring themes in her work include individuality, isolation and the enduring self-sufficiency of people and places that are often left behind. Her photography is a study - and ultimately a celebration - of cultural and geographic desolation.
After studying photojournalism at the University of Texas and serving as an intern at the Magnum photo agency in New York, Teri developed her printmaking skills by improvising darkrooms in kitchens and motel rooms across the country (while working as an itinerant cocktail waitress).
Teri is immensely grateful for the funding she has received from the Puffin Foundation, Dave Bown Projects, The Mind’s Eye and The Luminous Endowment. She currently lives in rural Colorado with her husband Mike. When not lost in the backcountry, or in her darkroom producing palladium prints, she can be found in her beloved ’88 Ford Van on the track of the perfect roadside bar.