Susan Bryant is a fine art photographer who lives and works in Clarksville, Tennessee, where she recently retired after teaching analog photography for 37 years at Austin Peay State University.
Her personal, creative work includes black & white gelatin silver prints, hand-colored gelatin silver prints, digital photographs, and in the last 10 years, the 19th century wet plate collodion process which yields glass negatives and positives, tintypes and ambrotypes. In her recent work, she integrates the 19th century wet plate process with 21st century digital technology. Her photographic work explores still-lifes of personal, meaningful objects, unconventional portraits and her most recent body of work, Southward, explores the landscape of the American Southeast region.
Her work has been included in over 100 (selected) juried and invitational group exhibits and 28 (selected) solo exhibits across the United States. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship in photography. She is the recipient of two fellowship at the Hambidge Center Artist Residency (2016 & 2017) and three residencies at A.I.R. Studio Paducah (2015, 2016, 2018). She has been selected for a 2- week winter residency at Penland School for Craft for January 2020 and has been invited to teach a photography workshop there in August of 2020.
Her work has been included in 5 of the past 6 (2012-2017) MANIFEST: INPHA: An Annual International Publication of Contemporary Photography, published by Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. Two of her images were published in the 2017 Creative Quarterly 49, an International Journal of Art & Design. Her work is included in numerous public and corporate collections including the Tennessee State Museum, the Knoxville Museum of Art, Vanderbilt Medical Center, The Photographic Archives, University of Louisville and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY. She was represented by The Cumberland Gallery in Nashville for 30 years until its closing in 2019.