Karen Cunningham is a New York City based photographer, nurse, and printmaker exploring the vitality and fragility of the human condition to a further dialogues in healthcare and urban development. With dual bachelor degrees in fine art and science, Karen is graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is owner and principal photographer of Karen Cunningham Photography since 1991 and is also an ICU Nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital.
A accomplished black and white darkroom printer , Karen provided fine art printing services to other photographers along with shooting assignments for her own portrait and magazine clientele including The New York Times, The Daily News, People Magazine, The Economist, Profil, and New York Magazine. Karen’s love of printing continued to expand after being Keyholder at the prestigious Lower Eastside Printshop. Her work incorporates digital photography, monotype, silkscreen, photogravure, and platinum printing to produce unique works on paper and metal.
Karen’s most recent portfolio combines her dual careers photography and nursing. “A City Nurse, healing in the I.C.U. during Covid-19”, was featured in The New Yorker Magazine May 4, 2020 issue. The portfolio was purchased by The Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Karen’s prints have been collected and exhibited throughout New York City and the United States. She was shortlisted for the Boodle Hatfield Printmaking Prize at the Woolwich International Print Fair in London and is included in the permanent collection of The Museum of the City of New York.
Karen’s studio is in Queens and she resides in Brooklyn with her husband and blended family.
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