Virginia Beahan

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1946 - )

North America, American

Virginia Beahan received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State before going on to earn an MFA in Photography at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. Beahan’s work is widely exhibited, including exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, among others. She has taught photography at a variety of institutions such as Harvard University, Dartmouth College, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Beahan is best-known as a landscape photographer. She uses a large-format Deardorff bellows view camera, following in the tradition of great American landscape photographers such as Timothy O’Sullivan and Ansel Adams. A collection of her decade-long collaboration with Laura McPhee, No Ordinary Land, was published by the Aperture Foundation in 1998. Their images often explore the interconnectedness of nature and human society, across a range of locations as diverse as Iceland, Sri Lanka, and the United States.

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