Working in an analog black and white darkroom since the age of 15 Lauren Orchowski’s process and practice is deeply rooted in the utility of chemistry and the ritual of repetition. Her work examines the critical issues encompassing science and the survival of our species on Earth by introducing the archaeological framework of light to be experienced simultaneously as an object, a memory, and its absence as primal artifact.
Combining large format photography and sculpture while drawing upon her background in painting and printmaking she employs the void of night sky over densely populated and industrialized landscapes as the catalyst for documenting and re-envisioning the macro and micro spaces of our planet.
Her documentary process of observing and archiving the landscape began at the age of 7 with an Instamatic camera paired with the idea to make a visual record of industry while traveling along the Hudson River in upstate New York on a small boat.
Since then Orchowski’s work has been exhibited on the International Space Station, throughout the United States, and internationally. Most recently her long-term project "Rocket Science" was selected by Michael Famighetti for publication in the FOTOFILMIC JRNL SPRING 2021 ISSUE 8 and her work from "The Observable Universe, Near and Far" received an Honorable Mention from the 2019 HARIBAN AWARD and was also included in the inaugural RUST BELT BIENNIAL. Her work is represented in several collections including The Bienecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, The Rutgers Archives for Printmaking, The George Eastman Museum, The International Center of Photography Library, and has been reviewed and featured in publications such as The New York Times, Scientific American, Gizmodo- France, United States, and Australia, photoworks UK, LENSCRATCH, VICE- Culture, The Humble Arts Foundation, and Art.Critical.
She studied art at Hunter College, City University of New York and the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany earning her MFA in photography after completing her BFA in photography from Arizona State University. Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York, she lives and works in New York City.