Bonnie Flamer was born in Los Angeles, California, where she
started studying photography in 1963 at Hamilton High school. She
continued her fine art photography studies at California State University,
Northridge. In 1981 she became a founding member of Women in Photography,
Los Angeles and served on the board for two years. After college
she worked at the Ohio State University, Photography Department.
Bonnie has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She was
selected for the Women in Photography (WIP) show published in Zoom
magazine 1989, Paris, France, which toured internationally and the
U.S. She has exhibited at numerous galleries, colleges and museums
such as, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, the Museum
of Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado, the Hubbard Museum
of the Southwest, and the Irvine Fine Arts Center.
A large body of her work from the years of 1960-1990 is represented
as medium format black and white gelatin prints, the earliest subject
matter being landscape followed by a series of images of Sunset
Boulevard. She then produced a series of industrial abstracts entitled;
“Macro- Abstractions” which include close-ups of screens,
bubble wrapped furniture and various other found objects. She later
created a series in color entitled; “Postergraphics”
which are images of peeling posters found in South America and the
U.S. In recent years Bonnie’s focus has turned to travel and
wildlife photography from around the world.
Her recent children’s book, published in 2013, is about the
migration of a young buffalo with his family. “Once Upon a
Time in Yellowstone” is currently being sold at the Western
Heritage Center, Billings, Montana, the Charles Russell Museum in
Great Falls, Montana, and the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
in West Yellowstone, Montana.
2007 “Architecture”, group exhibition,, Curated by Scott
Canty and Mary Oliver, Cultural Affairs, L.A.
2007 “Turning Silver”, 25th Anniversary Competition,
Women in Photography International, curated nine nationally known
jurors and gallery owners including Stephen Perloff, Kim Gougenheim,
Rose Shoshana, Andrew Smith.
2006 “Artists of the Valley”, Group Exhibition, Pierce
College, Curated by Mary Oliver
2006 “Photography”, Group Exhibition, Beckstrand Walker
and Norris Galleries, Palos Verdes, CA
Curated by Scott Canty
2006 “On the Road”, Center for Fine Art Photography,
Fort Collins, Colorado, curated by Ms.
2005 Hubbard Museum of the Southwest, Fall American Photo Exhibition,
Ruidoso, New Mexico
curated by Richard T. Bryant
2005 “How to Look at Art”, Dual Airport Exhibition,
Cultural Affairs Department, curated by Ms. Mary Oliver, CAD Slide
Registrar and Mr. Scott Canty, Curator of Barnsdall County Museum.
2005 Gallery Exhibition, Mount St. Mary’s College, Brentwood,
CA. Curated by Mr. Jody Baral
2001 Solo Exhibition, “Macro-Abstractions II”, Carofono
Gallery, San Pedro, California
2001 Solo Exhibition, “Macro-Abstractions”, The Design
Group, Long Beach, California
1995 "Captured by the Light", Juried Exhibition, Irvine
Fine Arts Center, CA. Curated by Tim B. Wride, Assistant Curator
of Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
1991 "Images and Origins II, Reflections of Women Photographers",
Cultural Affairs Department, City Hall, Los Angeles, Ca. Curated
by Scott Canty, Satellite Galleries
1990 "Extraordinary Expressions", San Fernando Valley
Arts Council, California1989-1990 Women in Photography, International
Competition, Juried Internationally by Bonnie Donahue, Val Williams,
Phyliss Peet, show traveled worldwide and USA
1986 "The Unexpected in Contemporary Art", Mixed Media,
Gallerie Sarelle, Brentwood, CA.
1985 Women in Photography-An Exhibit of Photographs and Mixed Media,
LAPA Gallery, Venice, CA.
1985 "Women Photographers in America", Womens Building,
Los Angeles, Curated by Josine I-Starrels
1984 Women In Design, International Competition, Photography Division
Winner, Juried Internationally
1983 "Interior-Exterior" Contemporary Art, Tim Walker
and Associates, Curated by Goldman and Galor, Los Angeles, CA.
1982 "Works in Progress II" 20x20 Gallery, San Francisco,
1982 Members Exhibition, Cameravision, Los Angeles, California
1982 "Magic Silver Show", Juried, 7th Annual, Murray State
1981 Duo Exhibition, "Color Abstractions", Realities Gallery,
Los Angeles, California
1981 Photography Exhibition, BC Space Gallery, Laguna, California
1981 Los Angeles Gallery of Creative Arts, Second Annual Photographic
1981 Women in Photography, First Annual, Cityscape Gallery, Pasadena,
1980 Yuma Fine Arts Photography Exhibition, Yuma Museum, Yuma, Arizona
1980 "Magic Silver Show", 6th Annual, Murray State University,
Awards and Publications
2007 “Turning Silver” , Women in Photography International
2006 “Camera Arts Magazine”, New Mexico, February/March
2006 Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado, Best
2005 National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Adventure
2005 Hubbard Museum of the Southwest, “Fall Photo Exhibition”,
Three Honorable Mentions.
1989 “Zoom” Magazine, W.I.P Issue, The International
Image Magazine, Published in Paris, France
1984 The Design International Compendium, Photography Award
1982 7th Annual "Magic Silver Show" Catalog, Murray State
1981 6th Annual "Magic Silver Show" Catalog, Murray State
1981 Los Angeles Gallery of Creative Arts-Awards in Macro and Open
1981 Camera Portfolio Magazine
1964 Ansel Adams Award, Photo Salon, Hamilton High School, L.A,
1981 Muchnic, Suzanne, "The Galleries, " Los Angeles Times,
(June 19, 1981) Section IV, pg.8.
2013 “Once upon a time in Yellowstone…” , Children’s
book, illustrated with photography
2007 “Turning Silver”, Women in Photography International,
25th Anniversary, Published by Kodak
RELATED EDUCATION/ WORK EXPERIENCE
1968-1969 Ohio State University, Ohio State Photography Department
1966-1968 California State University, Northridge, California –
City of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Department
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
1980-1983 Cameravision, Los Angeles, California
1981-Present Founding Member, Women in Photography (currently Women
in Photography International), Charter Member
Sherman Oaks, CA
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complete August 30, 2014
BF confirmed complete 3/27/2015