Lara Morgan discovered the process of photography when her high school in Chattanooga, TN built a darkroom during her senior year. Her studies continued at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she earned her BFA in Photography, class of 2010. She jokes that she shoots “nouns” as her subject matter juxtaposes people, places and things. Morgan has been exhibited across the United States; her work was included in the 2019 The Louisiana Contemporary at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Recently Morgan re-discovered her connection with the southern landscape, affirming her love for the state of Louisiana and regenerating her appreciation for the beauty of southeastern Tennessee. In searching for things dismissed within the familiar she gives a voice to the forgotten or discarded. She seeks moments that bridge the past and present or that teeter between the liminal and subliminal. Morgan is inspired by Stephen Shore, Robert Frank and Bernd and Hilla Becher among many others.
The way we view and take photographs has changed tremendously thanks to technological advancements. Morgan uses these tools, but getting photographs off the screen and into peoples’ hands is as important as keeping darkrooms available to communities. Shooting film, working with tangible materials and exploring alternative processes are essential to her practice. The scarcity of publicly available darkrooms has led Morgan to dedicate time to preserving analog facilities. In 2010 she revitalized a community darkroom at Forest Cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland and acted as Darkroom Administrator from 2015-2017 at The New Orleans Community Printshop and Darkroom. She is currently in the process of finishing her first full home darkroom.