Monica Denevan - A Traveler's Connection


Monica Denevan is a fine-art photographer based in her native home of San Francisco, Ca. Early on in her college career, while helping a friend with a photography class assignment, she discovered a fascination for portraiture and the creative intimacy that develops between the artist and the sitter. She began to study photography, with a particular emphasis on portraiture, and the course of her creative life was set. After earning her degree in photography from San Francisco State she began to travel, and it was through travel, and experiencing life far from her hometown, that she began to develop her photographic voice.

Traveling with her trusty Bronica, Denevan explores Central and South America, China, and parts of Southeast Asia to create her artful documents of the people she encounters on her journeys. She is particularly drawn to the river fisherman of Burma, with whom she has forged a lasting and intimate connection. Her atmospheric black and white photographs explore the harmonious relationship that develops when people are closely connected to the land they inhabit.

Denevan’s photographs have been exhibited internationally including solos shows at Scott Nichols Gallery (San Francisco), Tao Gallery (Hong Kong), and Serindia Gallery ANNEX (Bangkok). Recently, her work was included in the Annenberg Space for Photography’s “No Strangers” slideshow event in Los Angeles and the Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 2012. Her work had been published in LensWork, Bangkok Airways Inflight Magazine, ZYZZYVA, Communication Arts Photo Annual, SHOTS, Black and White Magazine, The Photo Review, and Artvas-The Photo (Korea) among others. Her photographs are in the permanent collection of UCSF Medical Center.

Monica Denevan is represented by Scott Nichols Gallery (San Francisco), Duncan Miller Gallery (Santa Monica), Capital Culture Gallery (London), and Serindia Gallery (Bangkok).

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