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Kim Reierson Fine Art Photography

A California native, photographer Kim Reierson graduated from UCSB with a degree in Fine Arts. She spent ten years in New York City working as a commercial photographer in the fashion industry before returning to her home in town, Santa Barbara, CA.  Her fine art photography is represented by the Robin Rice Gallery in NYC.




“My emphasis was painting during college years and I think that it has been an influence in the look of my fine art photography. My figurative, landscape and abstract images display a painterly-like approach and feeling,” Reierson states.

“I often still use film when shooting fine art on a medium format Hasselblad camera. I don’t process my own film anymore, but when I did, I used to experiment with the water temperatures in the processing, so that I could manipulate the look of the grain. Now I can experiment with effects in photoshop, but I miss the mystery of not knowing exactly what kind of look or texture you’d get in the darkroom process, which was part of the intrigue for me.”


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“I have been shooting since I was fifteen, using my first K-1000 Pentax camera. My parents had a kidney shaped pool that was empty, so I used it as my studio, where I developed my still life skills using ordinary subjects like flowers, insects, and experimenting with refracting light on water-filled glasses and bowls and the shadows and distortion of objects inside them,” Reierson explains.




“I am most inspired by the ordinary things found in my everyday surroundings or backyard…taking the ordinary and transforming it into abstract spaces or rooms; transporting the viewer into an imaginary place. ” Reierson moved back to Santa Barbara over four years ago, but often travels to NYC to work with commercial clients.  Her fine art collection is represented by Robin Rice Gallery in NYC.




Kim Reierson’s photography has appeared in many national publications including Conde Nast Traveler, House & Garden and National Geographic Magazines.






Her work has been purchased by many well-known companies including installations at Ralph Lauren flagship stores in Moscow, Paris and Saudi Arabia. A February, 2016 exhibit at The Gallery Montecito in California showed Reierson’s recent photographic study of horse anatomy and movement.





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