My name is Megan Karson and I am a photographer, a traveler, an artist, and an entrepreneur.
I believe that photography is one of the most important forms of documentation available to us, and that every single picture tells a story. I am an avid film user and prefer medium format black and white film to most anything else.
I have now begun working with the historic photographic process of wet plate collodion. Invented in the 1850s, this process involves several hand mixed chemicals and plates made of aluminum or glass to create one of a kind images that will last for generations. Using a 100 year old 5x7 view camera, I utilize silver and light to tell the stories of the people and the places I interact with. My plan is to continue traveling in the 1979 camper van, setting up pop up events, and shooting tintypes across the country.
I travel because I have to. The open road is my home. Every travel experience I have is unique and life changing. Travel expands our knowledge of the world that surrounds us and brings us closer to the people and creatures that we share it with. Immersing ourselves in other cultures allows room in our hearts and our minds for a more sympathetic and compassionate relationship with all of humanity. Experiencing more of the beautiful planet we inhabit can teach us to better protect it and to fight for its future. I believe that traveling is a hugely important thing we as humans can do for ourselves, each other, and the Earth.
2019 Group Show, RAICES Benefit Show, One Grand Gallery, Portland, OR
2019 Solo Show, Communal Living, Leedy-Voulkous Art Center, Kansas City, MO
2018 Group Show, Art in The Loop: KC Plays, The Box Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2018 Group Show, Flat File, H&R Block Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2017 Group Show, The Way You Look At Me, Gallery Protocol, Gainesville, FL
2016 Solo Show, Wanderbound, Night Blooms Darkroom and Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2015 Group Show, Bower Bird, Light Grey Lab, Minneapolis, MN
2015 Group Show, She/Folk, Idio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Group Show, Flat File, H&R Block Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2014 Group Show, Open House, Vacant Farm, Kansas City, MO
2014 Solo Show, Babetown, White Rabbit Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2013 Duo Show, Works on Paper, Windhorse Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2010 Group Show, Yeah Right, Honeytree Gallery, Kansas City, MO
The Creative Sanctuary, Arcata California 2019
During my time at The Sanctuary I completed an internal wall mural and several smaller paintings.
Stuffed Magazine, Volume 7, Issue One, Spring 2014, Pages 14-17
Awakened Voices Magazine, Issue 7, Winter 2018, Pages 5-10
2018 Art in the Loop Grant, Kansas City, MO