Judith Katz is a photographer with interests in landscape, intimate detail and the poetic element in photography.
Her photographs have been bought for major international collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris. Coming to photography following interests in dance and performance art, her work is characterised by the attention to small details and rituals of life that might be overlooked or forgotten.
Judith Katz lectures in photography at the University of Brighton. Her artistic career began in Dance and Choreography, after she trained in the technique of Martha Graham at the London School of Contemporary Dance. Subsequently she became a performance artist, creating highly experimental pieces in found environments, referencing the individual qualities and small histories of chosen locations. The use of objects, displaced from their ordinary context was a vital ingredient, as was a sense of a stilled moment in time, and the arrested gesture.
The attention to small details and rituals of life, the overlooked, the forgotten, the impermanent have been key elements in her photographic work arising from her performance experience. Her images provide insight into the private self, evoke the fragility of human existence, and suggest that objects and environments are ephemeral, as is life itself.
Judith Katz’ research interests bring together knowledge and expertise derived from her degrees in photography, English literature, dance and choreography. Her work investigates the possibilities and limitations of photography in evoking memory through stillness. She reflects on the encoding of time in the perception of everyday things; and focuses upon the visual rendering of objects as charged ingredients, silent, elegaic, vulnerable.
Essentially her photographs depict archaeological traces and fragments of human existence which are emblematic of remembrance and mourning. Suggesting a tactile materiality, the images offer a compelling combination of sight and touch, and reflect on the capability of the medium to elicit an emotional response in the viewer.
Judith Katz' images are not specifically locatable in time or place, but convey a generalised sense of the past. Imbued with feelings of absence, presence, familiarity, and loss, the works present a paradoxical juxtaposition of moving backwards and forwards in personal time.
Judith Katz' photographic work has been exhibited internationally and is collected widely, appearing world wide in private and public collections. Permanent collections include:
Judith continues to receive world-wide invitations to contribute images to, for example, the Kobe Aid Fund, World Photo Art Exhibition in Japan.
Her photographic images have appeared as covers and within works published by: Bloomsbury, EMI, Hamish Hamilton, Jonathan Cape, Oxford University Press, Pan MacMillan, Penguin, Picador, Routledge, Thames and Hudson, Vintage, Virago, and Skira Editore for the Biennale di Firenze.
Judith Katz's series of photographic exhibitions are produced from photographs found in a 1940s dentistry.
Reflecting on Thomas More’s idea of utopia as a ‘land of nowhere’ this project seeks to interrogate systematically the spatial properties of the image
Series of photographs explores the shipwreck as a metaphor of transition from life to death, seen as relic, monument, and repository of memory.
The series presents an intimate view of a limited domain, an inner chamber, suffused with delicate light.
The project investigates details within sites of neglect, marginal zones, overlooked areas, which function as metaphors for a state of inner unrest.
Katz, Judith (2011) A celebration of Kodachrome [Exhibition]
Katz, Judith (2007) Pursuit Biliiotheque Nationale Museum, Paris, France.
Katz, Judith (2007) Association of Photographers Awards Exhibition Sadlers Wells Gallery, London, UK.
A number of international acquisitions by private collectors
2002 - 2003
2001 - 2002