Photography Brown Bag Talk: Katharine T. Jacobs

July 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Fixation: New Work about a New Life

Photographer and fine artist Katharine T. Jacobs will discuss how art making and photography have helped her keep her head above water. After the birth of her daughter, a devastating diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and leaving an abusive marriage, her conceptual work has evolved over the past two years. Katharine uses photography as art therapy to communicate her struggles and her humanness. Come and hear the layers of her process and the details of her life.

About Katharine T. Jacobs
Originally from the rural foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Katharine T. Jacobs began her education at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, where she learned to shoot with a large format camera and discovered Polaroid type 55 film. In 2007 she moved to Portland, purchased her own 4×5 camera and started photographing friends, family and countless strangers while attending Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her focus in street photography and large format shooting inspired her journey across the United States and the production of American Strangers, her largest body of work to date.

While living in Portland, she co-founded Jailhouse Studios and actively participated in Lyceum, the photography collective.

Katharine now lives and works in Mokelumne Hill, California, and is a graduate student at San Jose State University.

Sponsored by the Museum’s Photography Council. Major support provided by Pro Photo Supply.

Every third Wednesday of the month at noon, photography enthusiasts gather at the Museum to hear talks by regional photographers, gallerists, historians, curators, and collectors.

Free to the public.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Photograph of woman under a veil.
© Katharine T. Jacobs