Nancy Kaye is a photographer and educator in L.A., previously based in NYC & London, shooting for The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Associated Press.

Her photos have been widely exhibited in juried shows and included in numerous books and documentaries. Her portrait of author Ralph Ellison is in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

In 1988 Nancy photographed a group of young girls in a rough Brooklyn neighborhood for The NY Times; a generation later she collaborated on a project, “Jump Rope Girls,” documenting the girls’ lives as adults with children of their own, and presented it at Duke University’s Documentary Study Center.

She teaches in continuing ed programs at LA Valley College & American Jewish University’s Whizin Center, and leads independent street photo workshops, guiding photographers in defining their personal projects. In recent years, she has served as a photo judge and curator. She is on the board of ASMP-LA.

Artist Statement

Photography combines my interests in art and sociology—recording my observations of what may otherwise go unnoticed, finding meaning in what may be seen superficially. I’m often drawn to the commonplace, the simple and the small moments that can say much about how life is lived.

I strive to visually communicate what I notice of people as they move through public spaces, and the endless juxtapositions with their environment that this flow creates. While I look to document contemporary life, I’m also inspired by nostalgia and echoes of the past evoked by scenes of Americana. These images—and others that show the mark left by what humans have created—reflect my desire to explore behavior and culture.

Of particular interest to me is the unique ability of the camera to freeze a moment. A photograph can, in the short term, capture a slice of life, and, over time, offer a perspective on the past. Also of particular importance to me is that my images express a distinct point of view—one that informs, illuminates, or even amuses my viewer.

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• David Bowie, Robin Williams, BG Gallery, Bergamot Station Known group exhibition (February 2020)

• San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, Juror for first all photography competition and show


• 1st Annual Portrait of America 2018, silver winner, 5 images, Fabrik Projects (Exhibit/book Nov. 2019)

• ASMP’s 75th Anniversary, group slide show at ASMP container exhibit, Photoville, NY

• Juror for Orange County Fair photography competitions

Ice Cream Sunday, Let Me Eat Cake, Too at Blue Roof Studio, LA (Curator: Kristine Schomaker)

Your Daily Photograph featured images, Duncan Miller Gallery: Luck  5/29,  Nobody's Coming  8/5,  and Disney Hall 10/28

With Water / Without Water Exhibit/curate group show at Annenberg Space for Photography presents Photoville LA

It’s a Life, The Gallery@The Braid, 5 artist show, Santa Monica, March–May

The Decisive Moment, Praxis Gallery, MN, Directions (Juror: David L. Parker)


Day’s End, Santa Monica, Your Daily Photograph featured image, Duncan Miller Gallery (August 13, 2018)

Ice Cream Sunday, Let Me Eat Cake, Børn Gallery Kamikaze show July 14, 2018 (Curator: Kristine Schomaker)

Directions, Your Daily Photograph featured image, Duncan Miller Gallery (July 13, 2018)

Wonder Wheel, Your Daily Photograph featured image, Duncan Miller Gallery (June 19, 2018)

• Lost Rolls America, Month of Photography L.A., April 2018 (Curator: Ron Haviv)

• Crossing Our Red Sea, The Gallery at The Braid Santa Monica, March 2018

• I See Faces, Too, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles (Juror: Alex Regenstreich)

• FemaleImage, presented at Persisters – a bimonthly event at The Black Cat, Silverlake (February 2018)

• Bowie Tribute, Neutra Institute Museum of Silverlake, Los Angeles (Curator: Dulce Stein)

• The Decisive Moment, PhotoPlace Gallery exhibition and book, Middlebury, Vermont (Juror: Sam Abell)


The C Note Show, Shockboxx Project Gallery, Hermosa Beach

Guns! Guns! Guns!, Neutra Institute Museum of Silverlake, Los Angeles (Curator: Dulce Stein)

FemaleImage, presented at Open Show, Los Angeles (November 1, 2017)

Off the Wall Small Works Exhibition, Shoebox Projects, Los Angeles

Your Daily Photograph featured image, Nay, Duncan Miller Gallery (November 5, 2017)

A Room of One's Own, A Women's Photography Group Show, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles

• Lost Rolls America, Photoville, New York


Annual Members’ Show, Los Angeles Center of Photography, DNJ Gallery at Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA (Juror: January Parkos Arnall, Hammer Museum)

Animalia, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont (Juror: Traer Scott)

Post Card Show, Fountain Street Fine Art, Framingham, MA

The Classical Element, Downey Arts Coalition

Open Desert, Palm Springs Art Museum, Annenberg Theater

Shooting Around the World, Los Angeles Center of Photography’s second annual street shooting exhibition (Juror: Matt Stuart)

• Lenscratch online exhibition (February 2016)


Annual Members’ Show, Los Angeles Center of Photography, DNJ Gallery at Bergamont Station, Santa Monica, CA (Juror: Patricia Lanza, Annenberg Foundation)

Disaster is My Muse, Venice Arts Gallery, Venice, CA

NYC Popsicles, included in the 5th Annual Exposure Award's digital display at the Musee du Louvre, Paris

• Lenscratch online exhibitions (July and August 2015)


Ecotone: Boundaries, Tensions, Integrations, Venice Arts Gallery, Venice, CA, 2014

Non-­‐Place, Venice Arts Gallery, Venice, CA, 2013

The Elements: Earth, Wind, Fire & Water, Venice Arts Gallery, Venice, CA, 2012

Portraits of American Authors, Village Books, Pacific Palisades, CA, 2005–2006

Eye of the Camera: Five Viewpoints, Platt Gallery, University of Judaism, 5 person show, Los Angeles, December 2004–February 2005


• Third Annual Small Works Exhibit, The Mulberry Gallery, New York, 1995 • Book Of Days, 1994 Engagement Calendar (Juror: Danny Schweers)

• Beyond Our Borders: Women in Photojournalism, National Press Photographers Association, Houston, 1990

• The American Photo Picture Contest, sponsored by American Photo Magazine, New York, 1990 • Photospiva 90, Spiva Art Center, Joplin, Missouri

• Sixth Annual Photo Show, Museum of Anthropology, California State University, Chico, 1990

• Fifth Annual Photo Show, Museum of Anthropology, California State University, Chico (Park Bench Conversation awarded Best in Show), 1989

• Then And Now: The Camera Club of New York 1888-­‐1988, City Gallery, New York, 1988


• Smithsonian Institution, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Portrait of Ralph Ellison part of the museum’s ongoing digital exhibition.

• The América Tropical Interpretive Center, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Photographs in center’s permanent exhibition and the Getty Conservation Institute archives.


• Robin Williams: Portraits of Williams included in the forthcoming HBO documentary.

• Casting By (2012): Photographs of celebrities included in the documentary directed by Tom Donahue.


• Jump Rope Girls (2009–2011): A collaborative documentary project following up on the lives of three Brooklyn women I photographed for the New York Times in 1988 when they were eleven. Project presented at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and at the Brooklyn Public Library.

• Sunset Boulevard Project (2010): Organized/curated a group photo project documenting Sunset Boulevard, culminating in an exhibition in downtown Los Angeles.

• Thousand Oaks Photo Group (2015/2016): Presenter and guest juror.

• California Federation Of Woman's Club (2107): Guest juror for Marina District photography competition.

• ASMP-LA Curator of Connecting With Personal Photo Projects at the Leica Gallery (2019)


• Venice Arts 24th Anniversary Gala fundraiser auction, Worship of the Sun, Los Angeles, 2017

• Venice Arts 23rd Anniversary Gala fundraiser auction, Coastal Clouds, Los Angeles, 2016

• Huddle Postcard Art, Shoebox Projects, for ACLU / Trevor Project charities, Los Angeles, 2017

• Agnon Art Show, Cleveland, 2002


• Whizin Center for Continuing Education at AJU, LA (2019 - present)

• Santa Monica College Community Education (2015–present)

• Los Angeles Valley College Community Services (2003–present)

• Culver City Adult School (2004–2014) • Private Instructor (2005–present)

• Culver City Middle School, After School Enrichment Program (2011–present)

• Venice Arts/Media Arts (2012–2014)


• Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico 1915-­‐1985, LACMA/Delmonico Presto, 2017

• St. Marks is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street, by Ada Calhoun, W. W. Norton & Co., 2016

• The Siqueiros Legacy: Challenges of Conserving the Artist’s Monumental Murals, The Getty Conservation Institute, 2013

• Blowing My Own Trumpet, by James Morrison, Murdoch Books, 2006

• Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to Invisible Man, edited by Lucas Morel, University of Kentucky Press, 2004 [COVER PHOTO]

• El Pueblo, by Jean Bruce Poole & Tevvy Ball, Getty Publications, 2002

• Yesterday and Tomorrow: California Women Artists, edited by Sylvia Moore, Midmarch Arts, 1989

• Fair Play, by Burton Benjamin, Harper & Row, 1988

• The History of American Ceramics, by Elaine Levin, Abrams, 1988

• The Big Dance: The Untold Story of Kathy Boudin and the Terrorist Family that Committed the Brink's Robbery Murders, by John Castellucci, Dodd Mead, 1986

• Wired, by Bob Woodward, Simon & Schuster, 1984

• The Twentieth Century American Reader, Vol. II, US Department of State


The Washington Post (NYC and LA), The New York Times (NYC), Associated Press (London and NYC), Crain Business Publications (LA)


Bachelor of Arts, Photojournalism / Sociology, Kent State University

Hand Tinting Workshop with Ted Orland, Santa Cruz

MEMBERSHIP  Board member - ASMP-LA (American Society of Media Photographers)

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