Heidi Lender

Heidi Lender

Born: 1966, New Haven, CT

Biography and Information

Heidi Lender received her BA in apparel and textiles at Cornell University.  As a former fashion editor and reporter, Lender recently began photographing herself in various ensembles and environments as a way to explore parts of her identity in times of change. Lender’s work has been featured in the CNN photo blog, Photo District News, and F-Stop Magazine.

What began as a self-imposed weekly photo assignment — “Stand on a bench. Make sure it’s Monday. Wear something pretty.” — transformed into this who-am-I photo-tale exploring the individual in various environments and apparel.

A former fashion editor and reporter on style-related subjects, I abandoned the world of words and appearances and moved to India nine years ago to study yoga and dive into the inner universe. My past and paths now collide in this project – personal façade vs. private interior.

Wardrobes and surrounding spaces are representations and reflections of who we are or who we purport to be. We explore, experiment and express the different aspects that are the ingredients of our individual, whether we are aware of it or not. Be it wild or controlled, we inevitably illustrate a part of ourselves.

The self-portrait series “Once Upon” whimsically plays upon this illustration. With a platform on which to stand, I investigate the host of personalities within, the layers that make up the self, the characters we hide, show, accept and reject, and the role that fashion and design play in molding those characters. My closet is colorful, a menagerie of clothes and accessories amassed on my journeys; though a collection untouched, unworn. Here, it has place and purpose. Headless self-portraits, piled with textures, lend a sense of objectivity, obscurity and freedom from identification. – Heidi Lender

Bachelor of Arts in apparel and textiles, Cornell University

5 Room/5 Photographers, Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA (She Can Leap Tall Buildings)

Fotografische Selbstinszenierungen von Frauen, Kunst:raum Sylt Quelle, Sylt, Germany

5 Room/5 Photographers, Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA (Loaded)

Anonymous, Wallspace Gallery, New York, NY

5 Room/5 Photographers, Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

(Once Upon)

Instagram, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO

Talking Eye, The Adobe Art Gallery, Castro Valley, CA

Self Time[d], Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Looking East: The McCurry Group Show, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO

Skirts, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

ID-The Object of Self, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct, VT

Six Shooters, Seaver Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Dreams, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Seeing Myself, Seeing Others: The Art of the Portrait, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

TPS 20: The International Competition, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

Food, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Juried Exhibtion, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA

Holiday Showcase, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO

TPS 19: THe International Competition, Texas Photographic Society and A Smith Gallery,  Johnson City,TX

Self-Searching: The Art of Self Portraiture, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

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Critical Mass Finalist for Roadtripping with Adele

Artists Wanted, The Power of Self 2011, finalist

PDN Faces 2011, finalist

The 2nd Edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2011, 1st and 2nd place in Self Portrait

WPGA Pollux Awards 2011, May contest, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in Self Portrait

Print Program 2011, Texas Photographic Society

WPGA Pollux Awards 2011, September contest, 1st place in Self Portrait series

WPGA Pollux Awards 2011, Overall, honorable mentions in Self Portrait single image and series

The Ten, featured photographer, The Lender Ten

David J. Carol, Once Upon: Heidi Lender’s Stand in Self-Portraiture, Rangefinder Magazine, September 19

Yvette Meltzer, Interview with photographer Heidi Lender, F-Stop Magazine blog, September 5

Coming to grips with guns, CNN photo blog, February 15

Heidi Lender Road Trip, Plates to Pixels, June feature and interview

Superdonna, Il Post, April 16

Tricia McCarter, Artist of the Week: Heidi Lender Peels Away the Layers of  Self-Discovery, GALO, August 16

Photo+ (Korea), May issue

Open to Interpretation, a juried book competition of photography, poetry, and prose: Intimate Landascapes (Cover photograph)

Wesely Pulkka, All is not as the camera captures it, The Albuquerque

Journal, Feb 4

Winegar-Garrett, Chloë, Skirts Review, Local IQ, volume 7 issue 1, January

Richard Levy Gallery’s Innovative Skirts, Eyesin Online Magazine, January 11

PDN Faces, Photo District News, August

Never Hide, Lamono Magazine, May, pgs. 70-73

All About Me, F-Stop Magazine, #46

Portfolio Issue, F-Stop Magazine, #42

Namarupa Magazine, #11

Press Release
2011 Skirts at Richard Levy Gallery