My recent work is inspired by my walks in different environments during the pandemic.
Poetree is a series of portraits of old growth forests paired with poems, written by poets who could have seen these trees in their lifetime.
I made the portrait-style photos of trees on solo walks in the old growth forests of California and Washington beginning in March 2020. As lockdown became increasingly likely, I felt drawn to the woods and found solace walking and sitting among the stillness of the trees. I noticed myself observing the variety of textures and patterns within each forest, and the arrangements of leaves and branches revealed by canopy filtered light.
In San Francisco where I lived at the time, I started going on daily walks in my neighborhood, which became the basis for Beautiful Strangers. My afternoon routine became a similar meditation, with no digital distractions or walking goals. I just tried to wander.
On my walks, I discovered my neighborhood’s quirks and the beauty of its patchwork, and I found myself slowing down to photograph it. Beautiful Strangers is about my neighbors and the place we called home.
Caroline Gutman is a photographer and writer based in Philadelphia, PA. Her work often looks at gender and economic inequality, climate change, and art and cultural innovation, and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR, ProPublica and Politico Magazine. Her photojournalism has received funding from the Pulitzer Center, the Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and The Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and has been exhibited at the World Affairs Council, the Popping Club Rome and IA&A at Hillyer. Caroline is a member of Women Photograph and previously was a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace and a Fulbright Fellow in China. Prior to that, she was a Fund Analyst at Morningstar.
Caroline holds a BA in Chinese Language and Literature and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics. She speaks fluent Mandarin and conversational French, Spanish and German.
London School of Economics, London, England
MSc, International Relations
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
BA, Chinese Language & Literature; Political Science
Summa Cum Laude
Awards & Honors
Reporting Grant, Pulitzer Center, Washington D.C.
Illuminate the Arts Grant, Philadelphia, PA
Chosen Image, American Photography 37
Spanish School Fellow, Middlebury College Kathryn Davis Fellowship
Featured Photographer, Women Photograph Year in Pictures
Team Cliff & Vi Award; Director's Scholarship, Missouri Photo Workshop #71
Awardee, 30 Women Photographers Under 30
2019 - Present
Member, American Society of Media Photographers,
2019 - 2020
Board Member, Fulbright Association of Northern California
2017 - Present
Member, Women Photograph
2016 - Present
Member, National Press Photographers Association
2020 - Present
Workshop Facilitator & Speaker, U.S. Department of State
2016 - Present
Co-Founder, Nu Market
2017 - 2021
Consultant, Alcove Advisors
2015 - 2017
Fulbright Research Fellow, U.S. Department of State, Kunming, China
2013 - 2015
Editor-in-Chief, Photo Editor & Contributor, Global Risk Insights