Susan Bowen


Susan Bowen

Susan Bowen lives in New York City and has been mostly known for her overlapping multiple exposure panoramas, which she shoots with a plastic camera.  In 2008 Susan completed a 48’ public art mural for a school in New Haven, Connecticut, and the previous year she created four murals for the Department of Transportation in Minnesota.  In 2007 she was profiled in Photo Techniques and Light Leaks magazines, published in Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, and received an award in the Pilsner Urquell International  Photography/Lucie 2007 Awards.  In 2006 and 2010 Susan had four images published in Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity, a book by Michelle Bates.  Her 19 solo/2-person shows have been in New York, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Reno, Dayton, San Marino, Lubbock, Georgia, and Tennessee.  Susan has been in 175 group shows in the past 14 years, including ones at the Safe-T, Nelson Hancock, and Sideshow galleries in Brooklyn, the Photographic Center NW in Seattle, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins. She has been a finalist for public art projects in Brooklyn, Tampa, Gainesville, Iowa, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Frisco, Texas.  Susan's current projects include a digital series exploring the topics of people walking and pictures of the ground.  She is also a computer programmer by trade.  


My work is almost always about motion. The intense pace and vitality of the urban setting excites me; I like to shoot fast and furiously, to be totally immersed and to be swept up in, and along with, the tide of the moment.  I am either shooting people that are in motion or I am in movement around my subject... and often both.  

I enjoy the element of chance in all my photography. I like to be very spontaneous in my shooting and see what surprises that brings. It is a delight to me how the images capture my experience of a particular time and place and at the same time have an identity all their own.


Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

  • 1982Pratt Institute, Bklyn NY
  • 1979Corcoran College of Art and Design, BFA
  • 1974Allegheny College, BA
  • 2014People Walking, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2012Streets of Cuba, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2011Rippled Realities, Valdosta State Univ, Valdosta, GA
  • 2008Bulldozers Bridges, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2007In the Ring, Safe-T-Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2005Urban Fusions, Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo, TX
  • 2005Iowa Meanderings, Red Mountain Gallery, Reno, NV
  • 2005Fusion & Rhythm, Absolute Art Gallery, San Marino, CA
  • 2004Dissent is Patriotic, Tex Tech School Art, Lubbock, TX
  • 2004Urban Fusions, Reed Whipple Center, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2004Expanded Realities, Baldwin Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN
  • 2004Urban Panoramas, Photomedia Center, Erie, PA
  • 2003Mingled Moments, E3 Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2015Image on Billboard, The Billboard Creative
  • 2008Public Art Commission, City of New Haven Percent Art
  • 20071st Place Award, Soho Photo Gallery
  • 2007Magazine Article, Photo Techniques Magazine
  • 2007Magazine Article, Light Leaks Magazine
  • 2007Public Art Commission, Minnesota D.O.T.
  • 2006Showcased in Book, Plastic Cameras, Toying with Creativity, by Michelle Bates
374 14th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Work available to be shown in Park Slope and the East Village. Other sizes and framing available.