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  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art/Architecture
  • Photographer
    Karen Knorr
  • Studio
    Karen Knorr Studio
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    Karen Knorr

Lanesborough (2015)

The Lanesborough (once a hospital closed in the 1990’s) is one
of the most expensive hotels in the world where the wealthy 1%
strive to live the celebrity lifestyle . Rooms come with butlers
and the hotel is a themed fantasy palace where the special few
can find happiness and fulfil all their desires of a perfect
weekend in London.The taxidermized animals here are
undressed to kill and are all very willing subjects for Knorr’s
camera. They pose, fly, flaunt their jewelry and royal
connections who live down Buckingham Palace Road .This series
emerged out of an editorial commission for Departures (2015)
and is a playful satire on the pursuit of happiness in a very
exclusive part of town : Belgravia.

Karen Knorr, an American was born in Frankfurt am Main , Germany and was raised in San Juan Puerto Rico in the 1960s. She finished her education in Paris and London . Karen has taught, and lectured internationally including The University of Westminster,
Goldsmiths College, Harvard and The Art Institute of Chicago. Her photography addressed the critical debates concerning the "politics of representation" practices which emerged during the late 1970's and early 1980's.
More recently in her series India Song she has been exploring cultural heritage and it relation to wildlife.

Awards National Endowment for the Arts 1986
Pilar Citoler International Photography Prize 2011
National Arts Prize UK 2017
Ooshot Award 2018