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Wathen, Ted

Wathen, Ted

Louisville, KY


black & white photographs

A photographer since 1967, Ted Wathen holds a BA in history from the University of Virginia and an MFA in photography from the University of Florida.


In the 1970’s, Ted founded the Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project and subsequently was a principal photographer for the President’s Commission on Coal. His work has been exhibited at the George Eastman House, the International Center of Photography, and the White House. Ted’s photography career led him to specialize in corporate and industrial photography which he does through his Louisville based company Quadrant.


Ted’s recent artistic focus with his camera has been to photograph Louisville parks designed by the great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Ted believes that Frederick Law Olmsted was a genius in the way he created natural experiences within a landscape by designing great illusions of depth and space and by utilizing the contours of the land. Ted states, “Olmsted’s works create artful boundaries within a set tableau. As an artist, this appeals to me greatly. The task of a visual artist is to create an artistic experience within a set of boundaries. Olmsted did this with land. I do this with a camera.

Works by Ted Wathan can be found at the Quadrant, Louisville, KY; and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.