Karen Baker is a photographic fine artist who practices the investigation of image making, from the gelatin silver prints she made early on to her current engagement with digital platforms.

Baker’s foremost signature is capturing the mundane aspects of American popular culture in straightforward, unglamorous images. She studied photography and art history at the University of California, Los Angeles and under the artists Keith Carter, Roger Ballen, Shelby Lee Adams, Ed Freeman and Julie Blackmon. She received a BFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

She uses interdisciplinary approaches to address the themes of urban sprawl, exploring how people adapt to and connect with rapidly changing environments. Her images are social landscapes, examining the impact of human intervention on the erasure of land and culture. While incorporating the natural landscape, they are distinctly not about the natural world. She works in many forms of photography and digital imaging, switching from i-phones to large-format cameras, working with a generous use of color before returning to black and white. She follows a singular vision of daily life, using serial and often systematic approaches, with a strong intellectual underpinning, a restrained style, humor, and visual casualness; creating portraits of the ordinary and everyday.



Exhibition History


2021   Camera USA 2020, Naples Art, Naples, FL

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

2020   Griffin Online Exhibition, 26th Juried Show,

2020   Pacific New Media, Contemporary Photography in Hawaiʻi 2020,

2020   In the In-Between, Class of 2020,

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