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headshotDebra Bloomfield, American photographer (b. Los Angeles, 1952), has worked in the landscape genre for 35 years. Bloomfield received a B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1976 and 1981, respectively. She currently lives in Berkeley, California and teaches photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. Bloomfield has photographed extensively in Mexico, the American Southwest, Alaska, and California, and has taught photography in the Bay Area for over 30 years.

Her poetic, large-scale color photographs, born from an intense emotional response to location and memory, focus on the relationship between interiority and the external world. In 2007, Bloomfield began incorporating field recordings into her working methodology. For her latest body of work, Wilderness, she immersed herself in an unknown terrain, purposely repeating her movement through the seasons with a contemplative stance. The resulting book, Wilderness, was published in January of 2014 by the University of New Mexico Press and includes a CD of sound recordings made with her son, Jake Bloomfield-Misrach, on location.

Her previous work includes Frida/Trotsky (1987-1990), a portrait of Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky made in their homes in Coyoacán, Mexico, and Four Corners, published in 2004 by the University of New Mexico Press, in which photographs from the unforgiving landscapes of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico are paired with intimate views of the iconography of Catholic missions. Still: Oceanscapes, published in 2008 by Chronicle Books, explores the endless horizon of the sea and is about reflection, patience, and discovery.

Bloomfield's work is included in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, among others. She has received the 1991/92 San Francisco Foundation's James D. Phelan Art Award in Photography for her Trotsky series, and the 2005 Western Heritage Literary Award in Photography for her monograph Four Corners.

Major publications:
"Wilderness," 2014 University of New Mexico Press. Essays by Lauren E. Oakes, Rebecca A. Senf, and Terry Tempest Williams. Includes audio CD. Dedicated to Margaret Murie.
"Still: Oceanscapes by Debra Bloomfield," 2008 Chronicle Books. Foreword by Terry Tempest Williams, interview with Corey Keller.
"Four Corners," 2004 University of New Mexico Press. Essays by Debra Bloomfield, Linda Connor, and Douglas Nickel.

Selected exhibitions:
“See, Hear, Feel: The Photographs of Debra Bloomfield and Christopher Churchill” continuing through March 23, 2014, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, 2014
"Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California, 1945-1982," Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, 2012
"Altered Reality," Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT, 2011
"The Summer Show," Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2011
"A Grand View: Arizona Landscape Photography," Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2010
"Oceanscapes," Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2008
"Marvels of Modernism," George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY, 2008
"Nineteen Going on Twenty," The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI, 2007
"Oceanscapes," Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2004
"Oceanscapes," Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, 2004
"The Landscape of Time and Place," Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ, 2004
"Monumental Landscapes," Fahey/ Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2004
Art Chicago, Chicago, IL, Robert Koch Gallery, 2004
"Four Corners Project," Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM, 2001
"California Current--The Photographer's Perspective," Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Los Angeles, CA, 1997
"Points of View: Photography from the Collection," Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 1996

Portrait by Michael Grecco, 2008
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