© Lauri Gaffin, Motel, 2008. Chromogenic archival print. 16" x 24"
Lauri Gaffin's discerning eye is clearly visible in her exceptional photographs. She captures images of people, of nature or even the artificiality of a movie set, with only natural light and in full frame, rarely altering her intuition about the shuttered moment. Hence, her photographs record her subjects as they really exist, yet each one is infused with her subtle and poetic point of view. Her photographs speak with a pictorial eloquence that communicates her whimsical sense of humor and her irresistible attraction to beauty.
Lauri Gaffin has been a photographer since the 1970's while also pursuing her "day job" as an exceptionally successful Set Decorator for feature films. Her photographs have appeared in popular titles such as: Fargo, The Pursuit of Happyness, Six Days Seven Nights, The Ring II, Charlie's Angels I & Charlies's Angels II, Ironman I & Ironman II and Thor.
Lauri earned her BA in Photography at UCLA in 1975, having studied primarily with Robert Heineken and with artists Peter Goulds, Rita Yokoi and filmmaker Shirley Clark. She received an M.F.A. from California Institute of Fine Arts in 1977, mentored by conceptual artist John Baldessari. At CalArts, she studied with Lauri Anderson, John Mandel and Michael Kelly and Doug Huebler.