I’m Lara Morgan, a Chattanooga-born fine art photographer who has just returned to the Scenic City. I studied photography in Boston at Massachusetts College of Art and Design then spent the majority of the following decade in New Orleans, LA.
I've spent the last seven years paying the bills slinging cocktails while I pursued personal, fine art driven photography projects- projects that rarely paid any bills. Behind the bar I got to know some of the best damn people: from Bourbon Street street performers, first-time-in-NOLA bachelor parties, yearly jazz fest goers and numerous French Quarter characters.
Coming back home was a hard decision, but it was time for a change in lifestyle, to be close to my family and to buckle down and focus on photography as a career. I look forward to developing new relationships from behind the camera.
As a photographer my interests range from portraiture to documentary landscape, alternative process darkroom to digital studio. For my personal work I still shoot a lot of film. I have built a home darkroom and am getting a tintype studio off the ground. Working with people is the most fulfilling part of any job for me; being able to offer a client a piece of art that encapsulates the memory of a specific time is a delight that never gets old. I'm a sucker for love and for the photographers who made a tradition of capturing decisive moments between couples.
I am passionate about working with analog materials and preserving darkrooms in artistic communities. I shoot digitally or with medium and large format film cameras. Then I hand develop and scan my negatives. I print silver gelatin prints in the darkroom and work with a wet lab to produce C-Prints. Archival Pigment Prints are made on a pH neutral 100% cotton digital printing paper.
I am inspired by my reconnection with the Tennessee landscape but look forward to getting through the Coronavirus Pandemic so that I can begin connecting with people once again. Once we are able to safely travel I am ready and willing to do so.
I am honored to announce that this year I have been accepted in three different exhibits.
Many thanks to all the people who have made these show a success
'Stories of The South' at Ground Floor Galleries, Nashville, TN
The Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD
'Open Lens VI' at
The Davinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA