Laura Valenti is a photographer, curator, educator, and arts director. She works as Outreach Director at Photolucida, a nonprofit that works to build connections between photographers and the gallery and publishing worlds. She also worked for many years as Program Director and co-Curator at Newspace Center for Photography. Laura loves to work with photographers to clarify their vision and produce stronger images. She teaches online courses that focus on helping photographers identify sources of inspiration and reach photographic goals. She also lectures about photography and the creative practice. As a long-time photographer, she has an intimate perspective on the creative process and can work with emerging photographers to develop their skills as well as their creative voice.
Laura also curates photography exhibitions around the country and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Center for Fine-Art Photography, Photographic Resource Center, and RayKo Photo Center. She recently curated “Place: Framing the Oregon Landscape,” a major northwest landscape photography exhibition, for the Oregon Historical Society. A documentary portraiture exhibition Laura curated was shown at the last Lishui International Photography Festival (China).
Laura frequently serves as a juror for photography competitions in the U.S. and abroad. She has juried for Center’s Director’s Choice Awards, Photo District News, The Oregonian, Critical Mass, Rangefinder Magazine, LightBox Photographic, and more. She has also served as a reviewer at various portfolio review events, such as Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, and Photolucida, as well as a number of international reviews.
In addition to her photography work, Laura is also a longtime student of Zen. She has a deep interest in the intersection of mindfulness, spirituality, and the creative practice. She lived in Asia for fifteen years and now calls beautiful, rainy Oregon home. Her degree is from Reed College.