Outerfocus 44 - Kathryn Mayo

This week we welcome Kathryn Mayo to the Outerfocus Podcast.

Not content with what could be described as ‘straight’ photography Kathryn’s work utilises antique processes and often incorporates found materials, fabric and objects.

Kathryn is also a photography educator and has been teaching photography full time at Cosumnes River College since 2007 where she teaches a broad range of classes in film, digital imaging and manipulation, photo history and alternative photographic processes.  

For her most recent project, which we discuss, she temporarily relocated to her hometown of Selma, Alabama while she completed her latest body of work, We Are Selma:  The Selma Portrait Project.

© Kathryn Mayo

© Kathryn Mayo

As with so many of the conversations recorded for Outerfocus we could have gone on for another couple of hours. Kathryn’s knowledge of photography history, insight into the power of photography and her clear love for the medium is apparent here. It’s always a pleasure for me to talk with photographers who see past the aesthetic and value the process as a tool for self discovery.

I hope you enjoy this conversation. I know I certainly did.

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Kathryn’s Links:

The Selma Project

We are Selma Audio

Wet Plate Collodion Workshops


Ian’s Links



Ian Weldon - Photography Education

Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.