Debi Cornwall is a conceptual documentary artist who returned to visual expression in 2014 after a 12-year career as a civil-rights lawyer. Marrying dark humor with structural critique, she employs photographs, sound, video, testimony, and other materials to examine American state-created realities.
Recent honors include a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship in Photography, a Leica Women Foto Award, a Harpo Foundation Visual Artist Grant, as well as being shortlisted for the W. Eugene Smith Fund Grant and the Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award. Her work has been profiled in Art in America Magazine, European Photography Magazine, Fisheye, Polka Magazine, and the British Journal of Photography, among many others.
Debi’s first book, Welcome to Camp America: Inside Guantánamo Bay (Radius Books, 2017), was shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture First Book Prize and les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles Photo-Text Award, and named one of the New York Times Magazine’s top-ten photo books of 2017. Her newest book, Necessary Fictions (Radius Books, 2020), was nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and shortlisted for les Rencontres d’Arles Photo-Text Book Award.
Welcome to Camp America, Stadthaus Ulm (Germany), curated by Daniela Baumann (13 December 2021 to 3 March 2022)
Welcome to Camp America, Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi (Belgium) (6 February to 16 May 2021)
Welcome to Camp America, les Rencontres de la Photographie en Gaspésie (Canada)
Welcome to Camp America, Cortona on the Move Festival (Italy)
Selected Group Exhibitions
Photographie(s) en guerre (Photography at War), Musée de l'Armée (Paris, France) (23 March to 17 July, 2022)
Photography is Dead. Long Live Photography!, Candela Gallery (Richmond, Virginia) (juried exhibition)
(8 January to 20 February, 2021)
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