Anna Ream grew up in New Jersey. After graduating from Wellesley College, she served as a missionary in Japan, an investment banker in New York City, and a financial advisor in Washington, DC. Anna moved to Washington state in 2005 and a family portrait session rekindled her interest in photography. In 2008 she began studying at Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) in Seattle. She earned a Certificate in Fine Art Photography from PCNW in June 2014. Her work has been exhibited in Seattle and Portland. Anna lives in Issaquah, WA with her husband and three children.
I am moved by visual images that balance sadness and vulnerability with strength and beauty. In my art, as in life, I am drawn to moments of introspection and contemplation. Quiet moments are hard to come by as the mother of three children in a busy world. Yet, I crave them. They are an essential part of my personal growth and creative process.
Portraiture focused on childhood and family provides me opportunities to consider the latent adult within each child and the hidden child within each adult. These aspects fascinate me whether I am reading stories about strangers, meeting new people, or conversing with old friends. Photography is a way for me to reflect on the personal and cultural connections between childhood, parenthood and family and to engage in the ongoing conversations about these subjects.
Photographic Center Northwest, Graduate of The Certificate Program in Fine Art Photography, Seattle, WA
Wellesley College, Bachelor of Arts, Wellesley, MA, Cum Laude, Dual major in English and Religion
Camerawork Gallery, Portland, OR, Comfort Objects
Group Exhibitions & Artist Presentation
PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Family Matters, juried by Ann Jastrab
PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Portraiture: Expression and Gesture, Online Gallery Annex, juried by Karen Haas
Umbrella Arts Gallery, New York, NY, KIDS (Not Cute), curated by Harvey Stein
The Arlington Club, Portland, OR, Elevate: Selections from Blue Sky’s Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers
Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland, OR, Blue Sky’s Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers 2014, juried by Michelle Dunn Marsh and Todd Johnson
Photographic Center Northwest, Thesis Exhibition, Seattle, WA
Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, Our Lives… Fleeting Timelines, curated by Keeara Rhoades
Society of Photographic Education Regional Conference, Seattle, WA, Presenting artist: Photo Center NW Students: Current Work, Processes and Concerns
Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA, Musings: PCNW 18th Annual Photo Competition, juried by John A. Bennette
Studio F, Seattle, WA, Group Show, Exhibition of works from Comfort Objects
Photo Center NW and King County Metro juried public art partnership funded in part by 4Culture, City Panorama Photo-Mural Project. Photographic images are printed on 8′x2′ wooden panels and remain installed in Metro bus shelters for up to 10 years. Twelve images selected and installed in Seattle and greater King County, WA