Biography

Photographer, screenwriter, and producer Carolyn Marks Blackwood was born in Anchorage, Alaska. From her studio on the edge of a 120-foot cliff over the Hudson River, she creates photographs that transform the play of light, weather, and water into vivid fields of color that, while verging on abstraction, are firmly anchored in the unique spirit and heritage of the Hudson. Her photography is inextricably linked to the traditions of painting; she cites among her influences the abstract expressionist painters of the New York School, and her work inevitably calls to mind the artists Hudson River School, who were similarly captivated by the river’s protean grandeur.

In 2015, Blackwood was featured by Artnet News in its piece Five Artists to Watch: The Photography Edition. Artnet wrote, “By playing with perspective, Blackwood pushes the boundaries of what it means to be a landscape photographer, widening the parameters of the genre from the typical vast romantic landscapes to an appreciation for the minuscule and the unseen in nature.”

Blackwood is represented in Los Angeles by Von Lintel Gallery. Her photographs can be found in the collections of the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT; the Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY; and the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; as well as in many private collections. In addition to her work as a photographer, she is a principal partner of Magnolia Mae Films, which has produced, among others movies, The Invisible Woman (2013), Philomena (2013), and the Academy-Award winning film The Duchess (2008).

Selected Exhibitions

Selected solo exhibitions

2015   Adrift, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2015   On the Edge, Von Lintel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014   The Elements of Place, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, NY
2013   Strange Beauty, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
2011   The Wind Blows Through My Heart, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY
2009   Let It Be In Sight Of Thee, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY
2007   The Elements of Place, Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Selected group exhibitions

2016  Elemental Perspectives: Land, Sea, and Sky, Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC
2009-2013  AIPAD Photography Show, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY
2013  On Time and Place, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY
2013  Urbanism, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2011  Hudson River Contemporary, Boscobel, Cold Spring, NY
2010  MADRIDFOTO, Alan Klotz Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2009  Seeing the Hudson, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY
2008  A Winter’s Bounty, Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, NY
2008  Reflected Light: Art Auction for the benefit of The RiverKeeper at IAC, New York, NY
2008  Exhibition and sale to benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Cohan and Leslie, New York, NY
2007  The Magic Hour, Paul Rodgers 9W Gallery, New York, NY