Kathleen Clark is an artist and photography editor living and working in Southern California. She was Director of the contemporary Los Angeles photography galleries Spot Photo Works and Clark | Oshin Gallery. Her years as Photo Director of Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly were rewarded with multiple honors for editorial photography. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in studio art and photography, and served as faculty at Art Center College of Design and at the University of Southern California. Kathleen was a recipient of numerous grants for mixed media collaborative works from the Seattle Arts Commission, Portland’s Metropolitan Arts Commission, the Oregon Arts Commission as well as a New Genres grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has reviewed portfolios for Photo Lucida, Review Santa Fe, FotoFest Houston, Art Center College of Design, Palm Springs Photo Festival, The Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles Center of Photography, and Eyeist. She has participated as a juror for Critical Mass, the Tokyo International Photography Festival and the International Photography Awards.

“My personal work utilizes photography and mixed media and explores themes of environment, home, family and history.” Past exhibitions include galleries such as COCA in Seattle, the Portland Art Museum, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Southern Exposure in San Francisco and LACE in Los Angeles. Past grants and numerous commissions were received for collaborative interdisciplinary work from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission, Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle and the Metropolitan Arts Commission, Portland, Oregon.







My background is in art and photography and I work to foster strength and integrity in photographers’ images.   I’m a creative person with a lot of ingenuity, seeking creative answers to big and little questions in a photographer’s work. I know what it means to put yourself out there with your own pictures and I’ll offer ideas, critique and guidance in an effective diplomatic fashion.  I’m an aesthetic problem solver and I approach most creative dilemmas with an excellent eye, great instincts, a large worldview, eager and dogged determination and a sense of humor.   Whether a question is specific to images, editing, or whether it’s a question of bringing images to a business to enhance business, I can help bring out the best in your work.  Via writing and publicity skills, I can help build an audience for your work and your business.  If your goals are simpler, I can help you have more fun taking pictures, even if it’s not your day job.

Photo Editing and Direction

Exhibition & Installation Design: Civic & Private

Private Critique & Body of Work Development

Portfolio Review

Artist and Institutional Publicity




Freelance Editing

Eyeist.com , Online Portfolio Reviewer

Director, Spot Photo Works, Los Angeles

Leica Gallery Los Angeles

Gallery Co-Director, Clark | Oshin Gallery, L.A.

Photo Director, Los Angeles Magazine

Photo Editor, LA Weekly

Adjunct Faculty, Art Center College of Design, 
Photography Dept.

Adjunct Faculty, USC, Photography

Teachers Assistant, UC Irvine, Art, Performance Art, Video,
Artist Lecture Series

Film Festival Manager, Outfest, L.A.

Assistant Director, Filmforum, L.A.

Artistic Director, The Womans Building, L.A.

NW Film Center, Portland Art Museum– Publicist


MFA, UC Irvine, Studio Art/Photography

BA, The Evergreen State College

Grantwriting, Grantsmanship Training Center

Portfolio Review, Judging

Photolucida, Portfolio Reviewer

Tokyo International Photography Awards , Juror

Art Center College of Design, Reviewer

Critical Mass, Juror

Center Santa Fe, Reviewer

Fotofest Meeting Place Portfolio Reviews, Reviewer

Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, Juror – Regarding Beauty

Eyeist.com  Portfolio Reviewer

Review LA, Reviewer

Lucie Foundation Month of Photography LA, Reviewer

Palm Springs Photo Festival, Reviewer

Art Center College of Design, Exhibition Juror

Smashbox Faceoff Exhibition, Juror


National Endowment for the Arts New Genres Grant

Seattle Arts Commission

Oregon Arts Commission

Metropolitan Arts Commission, Portland, OR

Multiple awards as Photo Director/Editor of Los Angeles Magazine: National Magazine Award Nominee, City & Regional Magazine Awards, Society of Publication Design, American Photography

Multiple awards as Photographer & Photo Editor at LA Weekly: Society of Newspaper Design

Exhibitions, Lectures, Festivals:

Visiting Lecturer/Panelist:
Society for Publication Design -Unsung Heroes of the West; Palm Springs Photo Festival;
PDN & Art Center College of Design;
SF Camerawork;
UC Irvine; Association of Alternative Newspapers;
L.A.C.E, Panel Moderator;
Portland Art Museum;

Marylhurst College;
Pacific NW College of Art;
Clackamas Community College;
Portland State University
Photography/Performance Art:
San Francisco: The Eye Gallery, Southern Exposure Gallery;
Southern California: UC Irvine Gallery, Oranges/Sardines Gallery/The Womans Building/LACE;
Portland: Portland Center for the Visual Arts (PCVA), Northwest Artist Workshop, Marylhurst Art Gym, Oregon Biennial at Portland Art Museum, Arts Place Gallery, ArtQuake Festival, Troy Laundry Studios;
Seattle: Center on Contemporary Art (COCA)/On The Boards, And/Or Gallery, Open Space, Roscoe-Louie Gallery, Bumbershoot Festival, The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater, Olympia, WA;
New York: Public Image Gallery

12th American Film Institute’s National Video Festival, Los Angeles; British Film Institute, London; Toronto, Canada; Film in the Cities, St. Paul, Minnesota; Frameline, San Francisco, CA; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA; Outfest, L.A; Directors Guild of America, L.A.; L.A.C.E.; Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles; L.A. Freewaves Video Festival, broadcast on KCET, Los Angeles; The Collective for Living Cinema, New York, Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum, Contemporary Art (COCA), Seattle, WA, Seattle Art Museum; Webster University, St. Louis, MO; Melbourne, Australia; Olympia, Washington; Austin, Texas; UC, Irvine; Berlin, West Germany; Montreal, Canada

Photographers I’ve worked with:

“You are one of the best that I’ve ever worked with. One who is an artist and understands the artists’ mind. ” Dan Winters

“It’s so refreshing to work with photo editor who really knows how to pair the right projects and style with a photographer who fits that vision perfectly. Not to mention, your awesome sense of humor.” Ramona Rosales

“It has been such a joy to work with you, and I can say in all honesty that my favorite pictures of last year were the ones we did together.” Andrew Macpherson

“Kathleen was one of the first Photo Editors to feature my work, and years later, when I ran into her at an opening, she remembered my work and greeted me like an old friend. I am grateful for her warmth, engaged spirit, and for being a true advocate for photographers. Recently, I met with a group of photographers who had attended Review LA…and her name came up over and over as one of the best reviewers. Each described her as full of ideas, totally engaged and encouraging, and what a pleasure it was to meet with her. Needless to say, I couldn’t agree more.” Aline Smithson, Lenscratch.com

“You are by far the best photo editor I’ve ever worked for. I have sold many images from jobs I did for you as “art”.” Felipe Dupouy

“You were the first editor that took a chance on me and gave me my first assignment out of school … You take chances on new artists which is a sign of an edgy and intuitive editor.” Marla Rutherford

Lorenzo Agius

Alyson Aliano

Kwaku Alston

Susan Anderson

Chris Anthony

Amy Arbus

Patryce Bak

Maryellen Baker

Nancy Baron

Susan A. Barnett

Edmund Barr

Pej Behdarvand

Isabela Berengut

Randi Berez

Andrew Bernstein

Jay Blakesberg

Victory Tischler-Blue

Jessica Boone

Sara Jane Boyers

Chris Buck

Frick Byers

E.J. Camp

Brown Cannon III

Joao Canziani

Karin Catt

Dan Chavkin

Mindee Choi


Scott Council

Jonn Coolidge

Roman Cho

Nicholas Alan Cope

Livia Corona

Aurelia Damore

Bruce Davidson

Davies & Starr

Dennis DeHart

Autumn DeWilde

Slobodan Dimitrov

James Dimmock

Debra Dipaolo

David Drebin

Ed Duarte

Felipe Dupouy

Jason Evans

Davis Factor

James Fee

Mitchell Feinberg

Anne Fishbein

Janie Fitzgerald

Lendon Flanagan

Tom Fowlks

Amanda Friedman

Noelle Swan Gilbert

Andrea Gomez

Misha Gravenor

Jill Greenberg

Lauren Greenfield

J.P. Greenwood

Gail Albert Halaban

Mark Hanauer

Robert Harding Pittman

Ethan Hill

Cheryl Himmelstein

Brad Hines

Larry Hirshowitz

Tom Hollar

John Huet

Brent Humphreys

Virginia Lee Hunter

Deborah Jaffe

Michael Kelley

Diana Koenigsberg

Hugh Kretschmer

Dave Lauridsen

J.K. Lavin

Catherine Ledner

H. Lee

Peter B. Leighton

Mark Liddell

Jeff Lipsky 

Blake Little

Salvatore Lopes

Nola Lopez

Roxanne Lowit

Andrew Macpherson

Christopher Malcolm

Jim Marshall

Robbie McClaran

Melodie McDaniel

Doug Menuez

Howard Morehead

Dave Nagel

Amy Neunsinger

Frank W. Ockenfels 3

Sophie Olmsted

Catherine Opie

Lorenzo Pesce

Joshua Paul

Ethan Pines

Robert Harding Pittman

Robert Polidori

Michael Powers

Kevin Reimers

Joseph Rodriguez

Mathew Rolston

Lisa Romerein

Ryan Romero

Ramona Rosales

Marissa Roth

Marla Rutherford

Gina Sabatella

Marjorie Salvaterra

Jeremy Samuelson

Joe Schmelzer

Victor Schrager

Scott & Zoe

Zachary Scott

Gregg Segal

Carlos Serrao

Issa Sharp

Steve Shaw

Julius Shulman

Emily Shur

Luke Smalley

Rodney Smith

Aline Smithson

Isabel Snyder

Ted Soqui

Andrew Southam

Bob Stevens

Tim Street-Porter

Art Streiber

David Strick

Sean Teegarden

Victory Tischler-Blue

Robert Trachtenberg

Luca Trovato

Trujillo + Paumier

Miranda Penn Turin

Andrew Uchin

Coral Von Zumwalt

Todd Weaver

Ian White

Williams + Hirakawa

Dan Winters

James Wojcik

Christopher Wray-McCann

Firooz Zahedi