About the Artist
Linda Kuo is a fine art and documentary photographer, with a special interest in animals and the environment. Her work has been published in The London Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times, Slate, German GEO, and Photograph to name a few. Alongside her passion for documentary work, is her love of portraiture. Linda's approach to portraits focuses on its historical significance of commemorating life and remembering loved ones, vs portraits that were made for idealized impressions of self, status, or nobility. She is especially drawn to photographing children, young adults, and animals––inspired by their transparent way of being, as they tend to lack the self-consciousness and expectations brought on by adulthood. Kuo's artistry lies in capturing the unscripted moments we've been conditioned to hide from the world, which animals and children tend not to edit. In our most natural state we are awkward and full of graceless moments, which Linda finds endearing qualities to examine, rather than avoid.
With a preference for the uncomplicated, Linda's photographic style is marked by an unconventional simplicity that has become her trademark. Her personal aesthetic and sensitivity to the unique, allows her to capture the emotions that characterize a moment, making her portraits a conversation piece as much as they are a loving sentiment.
Linda grew up in the central plains of Illinois, and has undergone a few reincarnations before embarking on her photographic career. Moving to NYC in the 90's, she worked as an international runway model in New York, Paris and Milan. After leaving the fashion industry, she discovered the tradition of yoga and fell in love with its philosophy and doctrine of mental and physical disciplines. Becoming a certified instructor with a focus on injury and rehabilitation, she taught many years at Be Yoga in NYC. Her favorite pastimes are playing the violin, reading autobiographies, and watching documentaries and Chinese drama's on Netflix. Linda feels that it is all the parts of us that inform what we do, and make us who we are. These components are neither to be labeled, separated, or denied. Each has its purpose and value, its influence and creative contribution to the creative collective whole in how we interpret and view the world. It's what makes us who we are––unique and irreplaceable. It is our duty to cultivate our individual voices, and to share our gifts with the world.