Naomi White

Naomi White

Los Angeles, CA, United States

About Naomi White

Naomi White is a feminist, artist, and educator, working on ideas at the intersection of political ecology and photography. Focusing on the transformative power of photography to affect desire and change, much of her work questions how we can shift our focus away from the current racist, capitalist model of domination to one of equity and collective voice, for the sake of all people, animals and the planet.

White is the winner of PDN’s Objects of Desire award, has attended several artist residencies, and exhibited throughout North America and Europe, including at the art fairs Scope, Art Basel Miami, and Photo LA.

Her work has been published in PDN, The Brooklyn Rail, Cut Me Up Magazine, Uncertain States, among others. White holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from SVA in New York, a Post Baccalaureate in Photography from the San Francisco Art institute, and a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State. She is currently the Chair of photography at the New York Film Academy in Burbank, California.


MFA, Photography and Related Media, May 2000, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Post Baccalaureate, Photography, May 1998, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
BA, English Literature, May 1994, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA


Jentel Artist Residency, Wyoming
Artist Residency in Motherhood, Los Angles, California

White's recent projects were reviewed by the art critic Tulika B On Art & Aesthetics. You can read it here.

White's series Plastic Currents recently won the Objects of Desire Award through PDN magazine

White's work was included in the UK publication Uncertain States #21 along with Jiehao Su, Faye Heller and others.

Saatchi Art headquarters in Culver City purchased Plastic Currents (Blue Interior) for their permanent collection.


Solo Exhibitions

September 2012 Plastic Currents, Two Roads Gallery, Los Angeles
June 2007 The Liberator, with Olek, Supreme Trading Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
January 2002 Daily Practice, Tobey Fine Arts, NYC
November 2000 Glued to the Mirror, Tobey Fine Arts, NYC

Group Exhibitions
November 2020, Natura-lism,
December 2020, SCOPE Miami's immersive booth, Art Basel, Miami
January 2020, FOCUS Photo LA, Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA
November, 2019, Center for Creative Photography’s, The Qualities of LIGHT, University of Arizona
October 2019, XPOSED: Humans vs. Planet Earth, Knox Contemporary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
August 2018 Maiden LA Open Studios, Los Angeles
February 2018 Fragments Shored Against the Ruins, Blue Thumb Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
January 2017 PHOTO LA, 26th Annual International, ASMP Booth
December 2016, Art Basel, Miami, Composition: an Arrangement of Unique Things, Directed Art Modern
July 2016, Cross Currents, Saatchi Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
January 2016, Convergence, Cabarrus Arts, Concord, North Carolina
November 2015 Objects of Desire Award, PDN
March 2015 Uncertain States #21, A lens-based artists' project, London, UK
November 2014 Visual Narratives, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado
October 2014 AphroChic Helms Bakery Pop-up Home, Saatchi Art, Los Angeles
June 2014 The Future of Gaming, iam8bit Gallery, Los Angeles
May 2014 Grace & Ritual 2014, iam8bit Gallery, Los Angeles
February 2014 The Future of Gaming, DICE Summit, Las Vegas
September 2013 Camera Work: Contemporary Portraiture, Black Box Gallery, Portland
May 2013 Grace & Ritual 2013, iam8bit Gallery, Los Angeles
June 2012 SONYA Art Stroll, Brooklyn
July 2010 EyeAm: Women Behind the Lens, Anthology Film Archives, NYC
June 2008 Peter Lorre’s 20th Century, Montclair University, New Jersey
May 2007 EyeAm: Women Behind the Lens, Manhattan Neighborhood Network
April 2007 About Face: Portraiture Now, GE World Headquarters, Fairfield, Connecticut
April 2006 Women in Modern Art, LMCC, Redhead Gallery, NY
September 2005 A Knock on the Door, LMCC, South Street Seaport Museum, NY
August 2003 Strength & Virtue, Kembali Film Festival, Echo Theatre, Portland, Oregon.
May 2002 5th Anniversary Show, Tobey Fine Arts, 580 Broadway, NY