40th Birthday Portrait! (Image by Fritz Liedtke)

40th Birthday Portrait! (Image by Fritz Liedtke)



Laura Valenti is a photographer, curator, educator, and arts director. She teaches vibrant, richly interactive online courses that help photographers identify new sources of inspiration and transform their personal vision. In addition to her teaching, Laura also lectures about photography and curates (and juries) exhibitions around the U.S. and abroad. She has served as a reviewer at various portfolio review events, such as Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, and Photolucida, as well as a number of international reviews. Before dedicating herself entirely to her teaching and creative work, Laura worked in the nonprofit art world for fifteen years, most recently as Outreach Director at Photolucida, an organization that works to build connections between photographers and the gallery and publishing worlds. Before that, she was Program Director and co-Curator at Newspace Center for Photography, where she also taught black and white darkroom.   

Recent curatorial projects include shows at PhotoPlace Gallery, LightBox Photographic, Center for Fine-Art Photography, Photographic Resource Center, and RayKo Photo Center. She also recently curated "Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape," a major northwest landscape photography exhibition, for the Oregon Historical Society. A documentary portraiture exhibition Laura curated was shown at the last Lishui International Photography Festival (China). She has juried exhibitions for many different organizations over the years, including Center (Santa Fe), Photo District News, The Oregonian, Photo Center Northwest, Critical Mass, and Rangefinder Magazine, among others.

In addition to her photography work, Laura is also a longtime student of Zen. She has a deep interest in the intersection of mindfulness, spirituality, and the creative practice. She lived in Asia for fifteen years and now calls beautiful, rainy Oregon home. Her degree is from Reed College.

Learn more about Laura's photography and teaching philosophy on the Huffington Post.


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