Louisa Marie Summer, born 1983 in Munich, is a portrait and documentary photographer. She holds a University Diploma in Photo Design from the University of Applied Sciences Munich and a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.
Summer is an artist concerned with inequality between social classes. Through subtle and intimate images she examines issues of social structure, inequity, identity, and survival. 

Solo Exhibitions
 - Louisa Marie Summer - A Series of Life, Kunst Galerie Fürth
Frauenbilder, Adana Cement Art Gallery, Andana, Turkey

2018 - Frauenbilder, Gallery Goethe-Institut, Ankara, Turkey

Black and Color, Ferding’s, Munich, Germany

2017- Border Walks, Narva Kremholmn Factory, Estonia

2016 - Border Walks, Photography Museum Tallinn, Estonia

What Remains of The Future -Siberia, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT

Jennifer’s Family, Kunstverein Viernheim, Germany#
Brazil – up closeGallery Edition Camos, Munich Germany
What Remains of The Future -Siberia, Erasmi & Stein, Munich, Germany

2015 - certain places, Kunstverein Bobingen, Germany
2015 A Tale of Two Villages, Committee of Regions, Brussels, Belgium;
Centro Riojano in Madrid, Spain, and Imagen, Logroño, La Rioja, Spain

2013 - Jennifer’s Family and video Respect Goes a Long Way,
Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Luxembourg, LU
2012Jennifer’s Family, Imago Fotokunst, Berlin, Germany

Jennifer’s Family, Ober Gallery, Kent, CT

Dress Up, Bar Antiquariat, Munich, Germany

Awards and Nominations
2014 - Latin American Photography 3 collection
 - Mary Clerc Scholarship
New Vision Award, Missouri Photo Workshop 
2011- Reportage by Getty Images, Emerging Talent 
Joop Swart Master Class Nomination 
2010 - Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, 3rd Prize
Prix Pictet Nomination 
2009 - T.C. Colley Scholarship Award for Excellence in Photography, RISD
2008 - RISD Graduate Photography Fellowship 
2007 - European Prize of Architectural Photography, Commendation


Public Collections

Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Photography Arcive Luxembourg, LU
Raymond Learsy and Melva Bucksbaum Collection, Sharon, CT
RISD Archive - Special Collection, Providence, RI 
University of Applied Siences, Department of Design, Munich, Germany 
Geschichtswerkstatt Neuhausen, Munich, Germany


Professional Experiences 

2010 till now - Freelance photographer and artist

2012 - Missouri Photo Workshop, Troy, MO

2010 - Eddie Adams Workshop XXIII, Jeffersonville, NY

2009 - Festival Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña, Madrid, Spain

2007 - Two month worked and lived in the Republic of Georgia
Workshop with Photographer, Writer, Critic Alan Cohen, Munich, Germany

2005 - Five month worked and lived in Calcutta, India

2002 - Design Intern at Waechter & Waechter, Communication Design Company, Munich, Germany


Teaching Experiences

2010 - 2016 Photography Teacher for non-profit organization fresh art and non-profit organization Rehabilitation Through Photography

Photography Workshops at Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY

2012 - Guest Lecture for Ostkreuzschule, New York, NY
2011 - Photo Workshop, Washington Irving High School, New York, NY

2009 – 2008 Teacher Assistant for Advanced Digital Photography and Art and Design Collaboration at RISD, Providence, RI




Eager to address human needs and to give voice to those living on the margins of society and those not heard in their communities, her work is comprehensive yet conscientious.
Summer’s work has been nationally and internationally published and recognized. In 2012 Schilt Publishing published her book Jennifer’s Family. Her images have been exhibited internationally and are collected by museums and art dealers such as Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy.

Group Exhibitions / Screenings

2017 - Global Control and Censorship - Border Flights, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia

Faces of Halsnøy Island, Sunnhordland Museum, Halsnøy, Norway 

Gwanghwamun International Art Festival, Sejong Museum of Art, Gongju, South Korea

2016 - 2017 The Fence, Brooklyn (NY), Boston (MA), Atlanta (GA), Houston (TX), Santa Fe (NM), Durham (NC), and Denver (CO), USA
Border Walks, The Photographic Art Fair Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
2015 Water Memory, Space Debris Art, Istanbul, Turkey

Eyes on Main Street, Historic Downtown Wilson, North Carolina 
2014 - P/ART producers art fair, Phenox-Hallen Hamburg- Harbourg, Germany

2013 - The Russian Moment – 20 World’s Leading Photographers’ Expedition in Russia, Alexander Garden and the Russian MuseumSt. Petersburg, Russia
The Distaff Side, The Granary, Sharon, CT
2011 - All Your Art Are Belong to Us, The Active Space, Brooklyn, NY

A different LuxembourgCentre Culturel de Rencontre Abbaye de 
Neumünster, Luxembourg, LU
Video Respect Goes a Long Way, Screening at 1st International Photography Festival, Bursa, Turkey

Pusan World Open Art FestivalPusan Culture Center Grand Museum, 
Pusan, South Korea 
Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, Spéos Gallery, Paris, France 
VII Gallery, New York, NY and Gallery 291, San Francisco, CA
2010 - BunDang International Art Show – An Aesthetics of Unity, Seong Nam Art Center, Sunae Dong, South Korea

Feeling Nature: 7th Gongju International Art Festiva, Limlip Art Museum, 
Gongju, South Korea

RISD 2010 Photography MFA Graduate Show, Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA

Danziger Projects, New York, NY

Thesis Show 2010, Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

Gwanghwamoon International Art Festival 2010Sejong Culture Center, 
Seoul, South Korea

Face on the Bar Room FloorGelman Gallery, Chace Center, Providence, RI

Five by Seven: MFA Photography Biennial, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI
2009 - Heimat auf Zeit: Fotografien aus den Rummelsberger Anstalten, 
German Society of Christian Art Gallery, Munich, Germany
Mountain – Water – Human: 6th Gongju International Art Festival, Limlip Art Museum, Gongju, South Korea

EXPOSURE: The 14th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition, Photographic 
Resource Center, Boston, MA

Everything is Fine / The Market is Fine, RISTIE’S Gallery, Providence, RI

Facing Expectations + Dwelling Places, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

North American Graduate Art Survey, Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2008 - Photo Triennial Exhibition, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
Beam me upHouse of Presence, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, Germany
European in MunichMünchner Kommunalreferat, Munich, Germany
Mein Lieblingsplatz / My Favorite Place, European Architectural Photography Prize Exhibition, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Architekturzentrum Kassel, Photokina Cologne, Germany 

2007 - Megobrebi! Searching for the Future, University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany
2006 - Schau mich an, Regarde-moi, University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany, and Ecole de Condé de Lyon, France

Umherschweifen und WildernSchool of Art and Design, Zurich, Switzerland

2005 - Das Eigene Sehen – Fotografische Empfindungen, Technikzentrum, University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany

Ich mag es wenn das Licht angehtKulturzentrum Giesinger Bahnhof, Munich, Germany

2003 - Nymphenburger Strasse, Geschichtswerkstatt und Kulturreferat, Munich, Germany