Amy Stein (b. 1970) is a photographer and teacher based in Los Angeles. Her work explores our evolving isolation from community, culture and the environment. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is featured in many private and public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Nevada Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography and the George Eastman House Photography Collection.

Amy was raised in Washington, DC, and Karachi, Pakistan. She holds a BS in Political Science from James Madison University and a MSc in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 2006, Amy received her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Amy is represented by ClampArt in New York and the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco.



University of Maine, Museum of Art, Bangor, ME, (2020) National Academy of Sciences, Domesticated, Washington, DC (2014)
Edmund Pearce Gallery, Tall Poppy Syndrome, Melbourne, Australia (2013)
ClampArt, Tall Poppy Syndrome, New York, NY (2013)
University of Illinois, Stranded, Springfield, IL (2012)
Harvard Museum of Natural History, Domesticated, Cambridge, MA (2010)
Perth Centre for Photography, Stranded, Perth, Australia (2010)
Australian Center for Photography, Domesticated, Sydney, Australia (2010)
ClampArt, Domesticated, New York, NY (2009)
VU, Domesticated, Québec City, Canada (2009)
Blue Sky Gallery, Domesticated, Portland, OR (2009)
Galleri Image, Domesticated, Aarhus, Denmark (2009)
The Print Center, Domesticated, Philadelphia, PA (2008)
Robert Koch Gallery, New American Fables, San Francisco, CA (2008)
Pool Gallery, New American Fables, Berlin, Germany (2008)
Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Domesticated, Los Angeles, CA (2008)



Rencontres d'Arles, Night of the Year, Arles, France (2017)
Haverford College, The Female Gaze: A Survey of Photographs by Women from the 19th to the 21st Centuries, Haverford, PA (2014)
Nevada Museum of Art, Late Harvest, Reno, NV (2014)
Portland Art Museum, Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40, Portland, OR (2014)
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Road Trip: America Through the Windshield, Brattleboro, VT (2014)
Girls’ Club, I think it’s in my head, Fort Lauderdale, FL (2013)
Center for Creative Photography Gallery, Performance: Contemporary Photography from the Douglas Nielsen Collection, Tucson, AZ (2014)
Delaware College of Art and Design, Six: Women Photographers of the MidAtlantic, Wilmington, DE (2013)
Portland Art Museum, Fierce: Animal Life from the Collection, Portland, OR (2013)
Somerset House, Landmark: The Fields of Photography, London, UK (2013)
Gund Gallery, Persistence: The Rural in American Art, Gambier, OH (2012)
The Frist Center for Visual Arts, Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, Nashville, TN (2012)
ClampArt, Into the Woods, New York, NY (2012)
Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment, Reno, NV (2011)
MOCA Jacksonville, No Place in Particular: Images of the American Landscape, Jacksonville, FL (2011)
Head On Photo Festival, No Direction Home, Sydney, Australia (2011)
University of Akron, Photo Fictions: Staged, Constructed and Altered Images, Akron, OH (2011)
Visual Arts Gallery, The Influentials, New York, NY (2011)
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, East of Eden, Philadelphia, PA (2011)
Format Photography Festival, Right Here, Right Now: Exposures from the Public Realm, Derby, UK (2011)
Religare Arts Initiative Gallery, American Pysche, New Delhi, India (2011)
San Jose Museum of Art, Contemporary Photography from the Permanent Collection, San Jose, CA (2011)
The Light Factory, The Romance of the Road, Charlotte, NC (2010)
Caption Gallery, Instruments of Empire: Amy Stein & Brian Ulrich, Brooklyn, NY (2010)
ClampArt, Museum of Unnatural History, New York, NY (2010)
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Faraway Nearby: Addressing Suburbia, Overland Park, KS (2010)
Foley Gallery, Summer Staged, New York, NY (2010)
Morgan Lehman Gallery, Exposed: Photography Group Show, Lakeville, CT (2010)
Catherine Edelman Galery, Proof, Chicago, IL (2010)
Tucson Museum of Art, Contemporary Art from the Douglas Nielsen Collection, Tucson, AZ (2010)
Portsmouth Museum of Art, Humanimal, Portsmouth, NH (2010)
Pool Gallery, Things Fall Apart, Berlin, Germany (2010)
Savignano Immagini Festival, Global Photography, Savignano sul Rubicone, Italy (2010)
MiCamera, True Stories, Milan, Italy (2010)
Corcoran Gallery of Art, 100 Portraits, Washington, DC (2010)
Louise and Bernard Palitz Gallery, As it Happens: Artists-in-Residence at Light Work, New York, NY (2009)
Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Auto. Sueño y Materia, Madrid, Spain (2009)
Mixed Greens, Tenth Anniversary Show, New York, NY (2009)
LABoral Centro de Arte, Auto. Sueño y Materia, Gijón, Spain (2009)
LOOK3 Festival, Works, Charlottesville, VA (2009)
Chashama ABC, Skin Trade, New York, NY (2008)
New Century Artists, Things Are Strange, New York, NY (2008)
San Jose Museum of Art, Road Trip, San Jose, CA (2008)
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Photography and Reality, Pingyao, China (2008)
Jen Bekman Gallery, Ornithology, New York, NY (2008)
Irvine Arts Center, Analog/Digital, Irvine, CA (2008)
Neunplus, Hijacked: Exhibition, Berlin, Germany (2008)
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Beyond the Backyard, Chicago, IL (2008)
Australian Centre of Photography, Hijacked: Exhibition, Sydney, Australia (2008)
The Print Center, Annual Photography Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA (2008)
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Car Culture, Scottsdale, AZ (2008)
Mt Tremper Arts, Interactive Landscape, Mt Tremper, NY (2007)
Griffin Museum of Photography, Two Person Show, Winchester, MA (2007)
Mixed Greens Gallery, Road Trip, New York, NY (2007)
El Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo, Descubrimientos PHE07, Madrid, Spain (2007)
Zhou B Center, Versionfest Photographic Invitational, Chicago, IL (2007)
Paul Kopeikin Gallery, 3 x 5, Los Angeles, CA (2007)
Randall Scott Gallery, No Fancy Titles, Washington, DC (2006)
Guardian Gallery, Saatchi Your Gallery, London, England (2006)
3rd Ward Gallery, Strange Instrument, Brooklyn, NY (2006)
Photography Center Northwest, Resonance, Seattle, WA (2006)
Thomas Werner Gallery, ASMPNY Image ’06, New York, NY (2006)
Visual Arts Gallery, Early Work, New York, NY (2006)
International Center of Photography, Person in Place, New York, NY (2006)
Westside Gallery, Bearing in Mind, New York, NY (2006)
Westside Gallery, Uniformity, New York, NY (2005)
BBC Gallery, American Images, London, England (2004)
Center on Contemporary Art, Northwest Annual, Seattle, WA (2004)
Texas Artists Museum, Contemporary, Port Arthur, TX (2004)
South Arkansas Arts Center, Annual Juried Exhibition, El Dorado, AR (2004)



Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
West Collection, Oaks, PA
General Electric Corporate Collection, Fairfield, CT
Twitter Corporate Collection, San Francisco, CA
Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Light Work Permanent Collection, Syracuse, NY
Douglas Nielsen Collection, Tucson, AZ
Francie Bishop Good + David Horvitz Collection, Miami, FL
The Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Photography Collection, Akron, OH



Santa Fe Prize, Finalist (2011)
Moran Portrait Prize, Finalist (2011)
Head On Portrait Prize, Finalist (2011)
AP25, American Photography (2009)
Baum Award for Emerging Photographers, Nominee (2009)
Callan/McNamara Award (2008)
The Print Center Solo Exhibition Award (2008)
New York Photo Awards, Photography Book Winner (2008)
Light Work, Artists-in-Residence (2008)
American Photo Magazine, Top 15 Emerging Artists (2007)
Photo España, Descubrimientos Finalist (2007)
Critical Mass, Monograph Winner (2007)
ASMPNY Image ’06, First Place (2006)
Photo District News. Photo Annual (2006)
Review Santa Fe (2006)
Photo District News, Photo Annual (2005)
Photo District News, Photo Annual (2004)



Tall Poppy Syndrome, with Stacy Mehrfar, Decode Books, Seattle, Washington, 2012
Domesticated, Photolucida, Portland, Oregon, 2008



Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West, Lucy Lippard, The New Press, 2014
Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography, William Ewing, Thames and Hudson, 2014
Feral: Rewilding the Land, The Sea and Human Life, George Monbiot, University of Chicago Press, 2014
Photography, Barbara London, John Upton and Jim Stone, ninth, tenth and eleventh editions, Pearson, 2010-2014
A Short Course in Photography: An Introduction to Photographic Technique, Barbara London and Jim Stone, Pearson, 2010-2014
Photography 4.0: A Teaching Guide for the 21st Century: Educators Share Thoughts and Assignments, Edited by Michelle Bogre, Focal Press, 2014
Photographs Not Taken, Edited by Will Steacy, Daylight Books, 2012
Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, Vanderbilt University Press, 2012
Uncommon Intimacy, Spazio Lab, 2012
The Altered Landscape, Nevada Museum of Art and Rizzoli Press, 2011
Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual, “Stranded,” Essay by Alec Soth, July 2009
Juxtapoz Photo, Gingko Press, 2009
Hijacked Vol. 1: Australia and America, Big City Press, 2008



Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
SPE SouthEast Conference, Tallahassee, FL
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Tóxico Cultura, Mexico City, Mexico
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland, OR
Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Delaware College of Art and Design, Wilmington, DE
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
University if Illinois, Springfield, IL
Collin College, Plano, TX



Society, “Le Coup de la Panne,” July 2019 Le Monde, "Domesticated," July 25, 2016
Photofile Australia, “Tall Poppy Syndrome,” Summer 2014
Photograph Magazine, “Domesticated at NAS,” July/August 2014
Washington City Paper, “Amy Stein’s Domesticated at NAS,” Louis Jacobson, May 30, 2014
Photograph Magazine, “Domesticated, Photographs at the National Academy of Sciences,” July, 2014
The Great Leap Sideways, Along Some Interstate Highways,” Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Jan 2014
Frieze Magazine, “Format 11,” by Mark Durden, June 3, 2011
Teller Magazine, “Amy Stein: Domesticated,” Summer 2011, pp. 44-49
Telegraph Magazine, “Natural Instincts”, April 23, 2011, pp. 46-53
Philadelphia City Paper, “The Promised Land,” by John Vettese, April 21, 2011
Monopol, “Vija Chelmins, Einmal ist Keinmal,” April 2011, pp. 66-73
Mother Jones, “Are We There Yet?” March 2011, p. 56
American Photo on Campus, “Not So Simple,” February 2011, pp. 6-8
The Big Issue, “There’s a Bear in There,” January 2011, pp. 24-27
New York Times, “A Collection of Mishaps,” December 19, 2010, p. A4
Harpers, “Heartache and the Thousand Natural Shocks,” November 2010, p. 77
Exit Magazine, “Halloween in Harlem,” November 2010, pp. 159-165
Korean Monthly Art Magazine, “Stranded,” October 2010, p. 208-209
Antilipseis, Issue 20: “Transportation,” essay by Michelle Lamuniere, pp. 26-27
Art Lies, Issue 65, March 2010, Cover
The Boston Globe, “Photography Review: Between Man and Beast,” by Mark Feeney, January 30, 2010
Orion Magazine, January 2010, Cover
Le Monde Magazine, “Especes, Vos Papiers,” November 7, 2009, pp. 24-31
Ecotone, “Domesticated,” Fall 2009, pp. 112-128
The New Yorker, “Domesticated Review: Goings on About Town,” by Vince Aletti, October 5, 2009, p. 13
The New Yorker, “Domesticated: Short List,” September 14, 2009, p. 34
Photo Art Korea, “Amy Stein: Photographer”, September 2009, pp. 68-73
Freelens Magazine, “Wonderful Encounters,” Fall, 2009, p. 64
Ecotone, Domesticated, Summer 2009, pp. 112-128
Contact Sheet, The Light Work Annual, essay by Alec Soth, July 2009, pp. 46-52
Le Courrier International, “Les Visiteurs du Soir,” July 2, 2009, pp. 44-47
Reforma, “The Photography of Amy Stein,” by José de Jesús Pacheco, June 28, 2009, p. 20
German GEO, “Super Spiderman,” June 2009, p. 155
EXIT Magazine, “Cars,” Stranded Portfolio, June 2009, pp. 98-100
Art China, “Highlights from The Armory Show,” May 2009, p. 89
Jyllands-Posten, “Amy Stein: Brolende Fotokunst,” by Tom Hermansen, May 16, 2009, p. 10
Watch Magazine, “Portrait of Man and Nature,” by Kirsten Hanssen, May 2009, pp. 38-42
Der Freitag, “How Much Does a Bird Cost?,” March 15, 2009
La Tempestad, “Women and Guns,” by Juan Carlos Reyna, February 2009, pp. 89-95
Prinz Magazine, “Ein Bar Angrieft?,” January 2009, p. 60
Philadelphia City Paper, “Working Stiff,” by John Vettese, January 22, 2009, pp. 25-29
Gloss Magazine, “Natureza Morta,” January 2009, p. 50
Marie Claire Italy, “Portfolio: Amy Stein,” November 2008, pp. 30-38
ARTNews, “Amy Stein at Paul Kopeikin,” Richard Chang, September 2008, p. 156
Communication Arts, August 2008, p. 98
Low Down Magazine, “Amy Stein, Unseen Moments,” Summer 2008, pp. 44-48
Zoom Magazine, “New American Fables at Robert Koch,” July/August 2008
The Chicago Tribune, “‘Backyard’ Images Embrace Garish Smugness,” Alan G. Artner, July 3, 2008
Chicago Business Today, “Beyond the Backyard,” July 2, 2008
Suddeutsche Zeitung, “Tiere, ihr wollt ewig leben,” Rebecca Casati, May 18, 2008
Juxtpapoz Magazine, “The Photography Issue,” May 2008, “Breaking Out at the AIPAD Photography Show,” April 11, 2008, Kris Wilton
Gloss Magazine, “Natureza Morta,” April 2008, p. 24
Cool Hunting, “Amy Stein: Domesticated,” March 25, 2008, Jonah Samson
Review, “Exercises in Mapping,” March 2008, Kate Hackman, pp. 24-31, “Amy Stein in Los Angeles,” March 6, 2008, Robert Ayers
OjodePez, “Domesticated,” March 2008
American Photo, “A New Generation of Photo Pioneers,” November/December 2007, pp. 60-61
Zing Magazine, “Domesticated,” December 2007
Die Zeit Leben, “80 Photographs from Around the World,” October 4, 2007, pp. 34-35
Money Magazine, “The Art of the Internet,” Lisa Hunter, October 2007, pp. 137-140
Village Voice, “Best in Show,” by R.C. Baker, August 7, 2007
Photonews, “Tiere,” Anna Grip, May 2007, pp. 16
The Guardian, “Alive and Clicking,” October 19, 2006, pp. 18-19
NY Arts Magazine, “Affordable Art Fair,” September/October 2006



MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media, School of Visual Arts, New York, New York, 2006
MSc in Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1995
BSc in Political Science, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 1992



Cal State University, Long Beach, Adjunct Faculty, Long Beach, CA 2014-2016
Parsons/The New School, Adjunct Faculty, New York City, 2007-2013
School of Visual Arts, Adjunct Faculty, New York City, 2007-2012
Spazio Lab, NYC Workshops, 2012
SUNY Purchase, Assistant Professor, Purchase, NY, 2010
International Center for Photography, New York City, 2010-Present
Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, Colorado, 2009
Museum of Photographic Arts,  San Diego, CA, 2009
Toxico Cultura Contemporanea, Mexico City, Mexico, 2009
Oklahoma Arts Institute, Norman, OK 2009