Both Sides of the Lens: The Art of the Self-Portrait with Kat Kiernan (Webinar)
Photo by Kat Kiernan

Both Sides of the Lens: The Art of the Self-Portrait with Kat Kiernan (Webinar)

  • November 13, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

A photographer’s most reliable subject is his or her self. By turning the camera on oneself, the photographer is brought out from behind their lens, exploring or manipulating their identity. There is a performative aspect to self-portraiture. The photographer invites judgement and critique on not only their artistic message, but also their appearance and demeanor.

Along with discussions regarding the technical considerations of photographing oneself, in this webinar we will use examples from photography history to discuss self-portraiture as a means of expressing identity as well as how the self can be used to illustrate a concept or idea.

Kat Kiernan ( was raised on the coast of Maine. Now a city-dweller, the influence of her rural upbringing can be seen in her autobiographical photographs rooted in the natural world. Often using herself as her subject, her work explores feelings of uncertainty. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and been featured in publications including China Life, Lenscratch, and The Woven Tale Press. In 2012, she was named one of Artpil’s “30 under 30” women photographers to watch. Kat has curated numerous exhibitions as the Assistant Director of Louis K. Meisel Gallery in New York, Director of Panopticon Gallery in Boston, and owner of The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia. In 2015, she received the Griffin Museum’s Rising Star Award for her contributions to the photographic community. She holds a BFA in photography from Lesley University College of Art and Design.

Webinar – Online Learning Class via Zoom

This class is part of our Saturday “Webinar” series. These 90-minute online presentations, taught by leading leading professionals in the field, are designed to be informative and educational. A wide range of topics will be explored. Each webinar will end with Q&A from the audience.
A link for the Zoom webinar will be emailed to the prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

One Session
Dates: Saturday, November 13, 10-11:30 am PST
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Tuition: $45 Non-Members;$35 Members



This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

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