Karen Baker was born in Lawton Oklahoma and lives in Honolulu Hawaiʻi. She received her BFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her work in photography examines the impact of human intervention on the erasure of land and culture. The images are social landscapes incorporating the natural perspective; however, they are distinctly not about the natural world. Ms. Baker mixes documentarian traditions of lens-based capture with appropriated images from popular culture. In blurring the boundaries between high and low art forms, she contemplates the role of photography as a commodity in and of itself.

Exhibition History


2020   Dab Art Co. Art In The Time of Corona,

2020   Griffin Online Exhibition, 26th Juried Show,

2020  Camera USA 2020, Naples Art, Naples, FL

2020   UHM BFA 2020, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI,

2020   BFA Show 2020, stp, Serving the People,

2016   Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA

2015   Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

2014   Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

2014   Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA

2013   Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA

2012   The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010   Snap To Grid, LACDA, Los Angeles, CA

2009   Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA

2008   Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA


2017   Family Vacation,Town, Honolulu, HI

2013   Family Vacation, Mayhem, Mag Pi, Studio City, CA

2012   Family Vacation, City Center,Fox Studios Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010   Family Vacation,DKRM Gallery West, Santa Monica, CA


2017   Da Babiʻi, 30, 7”x10” photographs, Surfjack Hotel, Honolulu, HI


2017   The Waiea Grand Penthouse, Ward Village, Honolulu, HI


2019   Wired, Monochrome International Black & White Photography Award



2020   Mary Snyder, “Karen Elizabeth Baker, Photographer”, Q&A: An Interview

Magazine, Issue #1, August 2020, page #56-57

2020   Elizabeth Collazos, “A New Normal…sort of!”, Gemma Magazine, April 5, 2020


2009   “The Kid Stays in the Picture: Karen Bakerʻs The Baby Socks it to Us”

Peter Frank, Senior Curator, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA