Louisa Marie Summer, born 1983 in Munich, is a documentary photographer based in New York, NY. 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. She has explored these issues in India, the Republic of Georgia, the United States, and most recently in Ukraine and Romania. 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.

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

Solo Exhibitions
2016 - Border Walks, Photography Museum Tallinn, Estonia
Border Walks, The Photographic Art Fair Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

What Remains of The Future -Siberia, Erasmi & Stein, Munich, Germany

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

Jennifer’s Family, Kunstverein Viernheim, Germany

Brazil – up close, Gallery Edition Camos, 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

Group Exhibitions / Screenings
2016 - 2017 The Fence, Brooklyn (NY), Boston (MA), Atlanta (GA), Houston (TX), Santa Fe (NM), Durham (NC), and Denver (CO), USA
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 Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
The Distaff Side, The Granary, Sharon, CT
2011All 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
2010BunDang 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
2009Heimat 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

2008Photo 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 

2007Megobrebi! Searching for the Future, University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany
2006Schau 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

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

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

2003Nymphenburger Strasse, Geschichtswerkstatt und Kulturreferat, Munich, Germany


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


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, most recently in Estonia, Germany and the United States and are collected by museums and art dealers such as Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy.


2014 - Info3 Magazine, April, Germany
Research, Climate Change, and the Ecocide Project, Book contribution, New York, NY

The Distaff Side, Book contribution, New York, NY
- SNOECKS 2014 - yearbook on photography, contemporary art and literature, Gent, Belgium

Rolling Stone, Spanish Edition,December, Spain

The Russian Moment – 20 World’s Leading Photographers’ Expedition, Book, Moscow, Russia

European Month of Photography catalog 2013, Luxembourg, LU
2012 - Jennifer’s Family, Schilt Publishing, Amsrerdam, The Netherlands, 
ISBN 978‐90‐5330‐766‐3

GUP Magazine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Dummy LEBEN - Unabhängiges Gesellschaftsmagazin, No. 36, Berlin, Germany 
Nido Magazine, 10/2012, Munich, Germany

brennpunkt - Magazine for Photography 4/2012

RISD XYZ, Rhode Island School of Design alumni magazine, Fall/Winter 2012/2013, USA
Providence Monthly, book review, Providence, RI
2011- Eyemazing Photography Magazine, Photographer Gallery 232, Summer Issue, Picture Booklets Publishers B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands
31 Contemporary Photographers, Lens Culture International Exposure Awards Booklet, Lens Culture, San Fransisco, CA
2010 - Trans Bavaria, Book, Quickdruck, Munich, Germany

BunDang International Art Show – An Esthetic of Unity Catalogue, Sunae Dong, South Korea,

 7th Gongju International Art Festival Catalogue, Limlip Art Museum, Gongju, South Korea
2009 - American Photography 25, Amilus, Inc., New York, NY

Heimat auf Zeit – Fotografien aus den Rummelsberger Anstalten, German Association for Christian Art, Munich, Germany
Boston Globe, Article about Exposure: The 14th Annual PRC Juried Exhibition, Boston, MA

 6th Gongju International Art Festival Catalogue, Limlip Art Museum, South Korea
Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña Booklet, La Fabrica, Madrid, Spain

2007 - Megobrebi! Searching for the Future, Book, Self-Published, Munich, Germany

Mein Lieblingsplatz / My Favorite Place, Avedition Publication, Munich, Germany

2006 - Schau mich an, Regarde-moi, Herbert Utz GmbH, Munich, Germany

Süddeutsche Zeitung, October 4, 2006, Süddeutscher Verlag, Munich, Germany
2002 - Impressionen der Nymphenburger Strasse, Book, Self-Published, Munich, Germany

Online Publications / Blogs
emerg'e - online magazine for young photojpurnalism
Our Age is 13

Verve Photo

PDN Emerging
Le journal de la Photographie

Fotofeinkost Blog

Augenblicke T-online
Süddeutsche Zeitung Bilderblog
Conscientious, contemporary fine-art photography, June 1
Loggernaut, reading series and online journal
Lens Culture Photography and Shared Territories
Art and Water Blog, Photography spotlight
Rhode Island School of Design, RISD FEED, profile
Facing Expectations Blog, exhibition review



2010 - Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI

2007 - Diploma in Photo Design, University of Applied Sciences, Department of Design, Munich, Germany

2002 - University-Entrance Diploma, Focus in Art and French, Adolf-Weber Gymnasium, Munich, Germany

Professional Experiences 

2010 till now - Freelance photographer and artist, works and lives in Brooklyn, NY

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 till now - 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