DCP Speaker Series: Susan kae Grant and Richard Klein

This husband and wife duo will share insight and stories of their careers in photography.

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Creative Partnerships: Life with two artists under one roof with Susan kae Grant and Richard Klein

richard-klein-susan-kae-grant-dallas-center-for-photographyDCP and Texas Photographic Society are delighted to present an evening of inspiring lectures by two incredibly talented artists married with cameras: Susan kae Grant and Richard Klein.

Richard Klein and Susan kae Grant have lived and worked together for 29 years collaborating directly on many projects and indirectly on most everything else. Though Klein’s work is commercial and Grant’s is fine art, they share a passion for creating fabricated images that individually portray beauty and imagination. As best friends they have built a marriage on shared interests in the arts and image making. The evening includes a short presentation on each of their work followed by a panel discussion moderated by Texas Photographic Society Executive Director Amy Holmes George addressing the intersections between their photographic work and also their relationship as artists/spouses.

Grant will discuss her creative process and show examples of “Night Journey” which represents a collaboration of artistic and scientific inquiry into the nature of dreams and memory. Grant’s fascination with accessing otherwise unobtainable states of consciousness led her to work with sleep researcher Dr. John Herman in a laboratory to conduct REM sleep awakenings as inspiration to create her work. Using the shadow as metaphor, Grant photographs models and props in the studio using a 4×5 view camera with a medium format digital Leaf back. Grant believes, “The shadow implies a reality without being real. It allows fabrication of a world and a narrative that occurs only in the photography occupying a space between illusion and reality.” Grant’s images conjure up fairy tales and nightmares while deliberately portraying a sense of surprise and wonder.

Susan kae Grant’s photographic and book-works are included in numerous collections, including The George Eastman House, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Minneapolis Art Institute, The Tokyo Museum of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and The Victoria and Albert Museum National Library. Grant received an MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has conducted workshops, lectured and exhibited her work throughout the United States, Canada, China, Europe, Australia, British Columbia, Africa and Japan. Galleries representing her work include Conduit Gallery, Dallas; Verve Gallery, Santa Fe; and Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, LTD, Birmingham. She resides in Dallas, Texas, USA and currently, Head of Photography and Book Arts at Texas Woman’s University and teaches a bookmaking workshop annually at the International Center for Photography in New York City.


Richard Klein will share his insights as a location photographer specializing in creating beautiful images of hospitality. Known as a master of cinematic lighting, he will show examples of 25 years shooting internationally on the Pacific Rim from Tokyo to New Zealand as well as in Africa, the UK, Europe, Mexico, and the Caribbean. When discussing architecture, he states, “Great designers imbue the built environment with a sense of life and rhythm creating a nonverbal desire on the part of the viewer to want to be there.” Klein’s goal when shooting is to interpret what it feels like to be in the space using light and composition to create the illusion of 3D depth into the 2D picture plane.

Richard trained in photography and sculpture at the University of New Mexico. While mastering the technical aspects of lighting he has retained an artist’s understanding of subject and context. His commercial work is photographing hospitality, food & beverage, architecture and people in paradise for clients like Disney, Hyatt International, Intercontinental, Rosewood, Shangri-La  and Sheraton Grand. He has logged over 5 years of assignments shooting and directing crews in the US, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, “I strive for an understated elegance in the images, if the viewer has the experience of actually being in the space in their mind’s eye and not noticing the photography, I have done my job well.”


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The Texas Photographic Society is a non-profit organization that celebrates the photographic arts, inspires the creative development of its members, and provides opportunities to engage with diverse audiences.

TPS is delighted to be celebrating over thirty years of providing programs and services for photographers and their audiences across the country. While “Texas” is in the name, TPS sustains an active international membership representing ten countries and forty four states.