Lana Blinderman is a photographer and photo-based artist. Her work investigates built environments and the ways they shape not only our memories, but also how we relate to our cities. Lana is interested as much in urbanism, architectural preservation and housing equity as she is in creating strong imagery. At a time of massive land redevelopment in Seattle, she strives to document the city as we know and experience it in this moment.

and Welcome

Now that we are officially introduced, allow me to switch to first person and tell you more about myself. I took up photography over fifteen years ago out of fascination with architecture, especially early- and mid-twentieth-century modernism. As I grew in my craft and pursued formal art education, I gained deeper understanding of social, historical and aesthetic considerations of photography.

My portfolio includes documentary essays about Seattle and Pacific Northwest architecture and industrial landscape. I shoot on 35mm and 120 film and on iPhone. Sometimes I use compositing and collage to tell stories photography alone cannot convey.

My art has been shown in traditional and alternative venues around the Greater Seattle, including public art, and I have given individual and collaborative artist talks. I welcome editorial assignments, exhibition opportunities, licensing, artist talk requests, and teaching opportunities.

Current Project – Capitol Hill Modern

I am currently working on a survey of mid-century modern apartment buildings on Capitol Hill, Seattle. This project is a collaboration with Tom Heuser, President of Capitol Hill Historical Society, and is funded in part by 4Culture. Follow this project on Capitol Hill Historical Society’s blog or my Instagram @lana_blinderman.

Land Acknowledgement

I acknowledge that I stand and work on Indigenous land: the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish Tribe. Through their stewardship of the land on which Seattle stands and of the Duwamish River basin, the Duwamish people made it possible for me to build a better life for myself through immigration and to find my art as a documentary photographer with great interest in the Duwamish landscape.

While paying Seattle’s exorbitant rents to apartment holding corporations, I cannot help but reflect on who profits from our rent, and more importantly, who doesn’t. The very people who made this city possible a) are still striving for official recognition and b) do not benefit from Seattle’s real estate market. There is a way to begin to remedy that. Learn more about the Duwamish Tribe and consider paying a monthly Real Rent in whatever amount is possible for you.

Get in Touch

Email me at info(at)lanablinderman(dot)com or message me on IG @lana_blinderman.