Karen Klugman photographs and writes about the interaction of photography and culture. Concerned about the fate of our planet, her street photography uses humor, intimacy, iconography, and happenstance to convey a sense of shared humanity. Out in the natural world, she takes straight forward images that reveal a complexity of colors, textures, and shapes that often resemble paintings and reveal the bittersweet truths about aging.
Klugman’s photography is in the collections of MOMA, Dansforth Museum, and Weslyan’s Davison Art Center. She was the recipient of two Connecticut Artists Grants as well as a Golden Light Award from Maine Photographic Workshop. She has co-authored two books of critical essays about American culture — “Inside the Mouse; Work and Play in Disney World” and “Strip Cultures: Finding America in Las Vegas” –-and written the photo essay “A Bad Hair Day for G.I. Joe” about gender construction of children’s toys. These publications include 170 of her photographs.
Klugman taught photography at Choate School, Creative Arts Workshop, the Wesleyan Liberal Studies Program and Hopkins School and served for twelve years as the Arts Department Chair and the curator of Keator Gallery at Hopkins School.