Gray No. 1, Icon   Gray Series



Gray No. 2, Lintel   Gray Series




Gray No. 3, Overture  Gray Series


Gray No. 12, Executive Commute   Gray Series




Gray, No. 5, Industrial   Gray Series


Gray No. 14, Twins   Gray Series




Self-portrait, Sq.   Surf Series



Surfer in Motion   Surf Series


Blue Ford; Ford Woody   Surf Series



Purple Tulip No. 1 Tulip Series



Kathy Corday's images draw attention to those subjects often overlooked within the United States and around the world. In 2012, she published her limited-edition book, In The Blink of An Eye, which chronicles her first decade of light work from behind the lens. The 100-page volume traces the arc of her self-discovery by chasing light, and features many examples of her varied photographic style.

Since the moment she looked through the viewfinder of her first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, Kathy Corday has discovered a peace and serenity that speaks to her soul. She credits her inspiration with an ability to forge connections with eyes of love and the beat of a compassionate heart. The photographs she creates are part of her lifelong journey to understand both her world and herself, to share the silent conversations she enjoys with her subjects, and to inspire her audience to pause between eye blinks to really see

In California, Ms. Corday was employed as a staff photographer by the creative division of Walt Disney Company and was based at their headquarters in Glendale. During her five years as an Imagineer, she was tasked with documenting the entire Disney theme park design process along with the people, technologies, design, construction, and publicity phases across all the firm’s entertainment divisions. Her mentors were Frank Armitage, John Hench, and Peggy Van Pelt. The position was one of the highlights of her photographic career. Her photographic artistry excelled in creating captivating portraits of artists at work, as well as images that gave small-scale architectural design models the appearance of life-sized installations. These latter images were collated by show producers into a series of large photographic notebooks to bridge the language barriers for Disney theme park construction projects around the world. As an Imagineer, Ms. Corday also documented historic artifacts from the Tishman Collection of African Art; photographed Roy Disney, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Peter Schneider for the company’s annual report; beta-tested new film stocks for Kodak; hardware and software for Apple and Adobe; assisted in the development of digital photography with Nikon and Sony; and the development of digital printing with Canon. While at Disney, Ms. Corday was tapped by the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department to serve as a juror for their Photography Grants Panel in 1992.

In Washington, D.C., Kathy Corday worked as a resident with the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian to further best practices for the documentation of extensively large bodies of art and historic artifacts; then, in 1993, she photographed the historic, lost-wax bronzes of the Royal Benin Collection for the National Museum of African Art. In addition, she edited images and wrote captions at National Geographic. As a photography instructor for the Art League School at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, Ms. Corday shared the valuable insights she gained as a commercial photographer and Disney Imagineer with her students.

In the summer of 2013, three images from Kathy Corday’s Color Series were exhibited at The Story of the Creative, an international exhibition at the See|Me Exhibition Space in New York City. Her image, Gray No.2, Lintel, appeared in the One Shot: Spaces exhibit during MOPLA 2013 in Los Angeles. In addition to having an image exhibited at MOPLA, she received eight Honorable Mentions for her images submissions to One Shot: Spaces including three for her image, New York Apple; and one each for her Self-Portrait 1A, Gray Images 01 - Icon, Gray Images 02 - Lintel, Gray Images 03 - Interior, and Gray Images 08 - Genesis. The International Photography Awards (IPA) lauded Ms. Corday’s Purple Tulip, No. 1 with an Honorable Mention in the Professionals - Flower category in 2012. The following year, she received a second Honorable Mention from IPA in the Professionals - Fine Art/Abstract category for her image entitled, Rainbow Metropolis. Her images have been published in Big City, Rhythm & Blues; Disney; Filmmaker; The Photograph Collector; Le Journal de la Photographie; Screen; WDEye; and ZOOM! Magazines

Ms. Corday received an Honorable Mention in the 1990-1991 Women In Photography International Exhibition (worldwide), which was later archived in the Peter Palmquist Collection of Women in Photography at Yale University Library in May 2008. She has continued to participate in exhibitions with WIPI at Photo LA 2011, 2012, 2013, and a limited-edition book signing for Gray…A Lyrical Tale in January 2014. Currently, Kathy Corday serves as a proud board member of the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and an active Charter Member of Women in Photography International (WIPI).

In addition to photography, Ms. Corday expands her pursuit of great stories by complementing her soulful images with insightful interviews of celebrities for public television (PBS) including Chris Botti, Chris Isaak, Gloria Estefan, David Foster, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Josh Groban, John Mayer, Matthew Morrison, Michelle Phillips, Sting, Steven Tyler, and Yanni. A Herman Fellow and graduate of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Corday’s love of photography began as a young girl and continued to be her passion alongside her studies in international business. She apprenticed with professional photographers in Hollywood and attended continuing education courses at Otis Parsons and the American Film Institute.
When not traveling the world, Kathy Corday splits her time between Chicago, Los Angeles, and Maui.
WIPI Exhibition Links

WIPI-PhotoLA -2014, postcard exhibition, book signing "Gray"
WIPI-PhotoLA-2013, print exhibition
WIPI "Transportation" digital slide presentation
WIPI 2012 “It's Magical, Images of Sunrises, Sunsets & Rainbows”, Honorable Mention

WIPIPhotoLA 2012 Members Open Call
WIPI 2012 PhotoLA Footwear Digital Presentation

WIPI 30th Anniversary presentation photo la 2011

Women In Photography International, Women Photographers in America 1989,The Pacific Grove Art Center on the Monterey Peninsula, published, Edition of ZOOM Magazine 

UPDATE - JULY 2015 - MARCH 2016

In early summer of 2014, Kathy Corday received a personal invitation from Maximo Panes, editor of Dodho Magazine, to submit her work for consideration.  As a result, a selection of images from Kathy Corday’s Gray Series portfolio were featured in the “Photographers Around the World” section of the October 30, 2014, edition of Dodho Magazine, a photography online magazine that showcases photographic images curated from the portfolios of the world’s top photographers.

In November 2014, the Chicago Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers featured two of Kathy Corday’s photographs created as an homage to the inherent beauty of inclement weather.  Her images, Red Umbrella, and Surface of the Moon - Chicago Winter, No. 1 (Lakefront), appeared alongside the work of her ASMP colleagues as part of Existence, a group exhibition at the Schneider Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.  

In March 2015, the International Photography Awards again recognized Kathy Corday.  Her photograph depicting the everyday lifestyle of southern California beachgoers entitled, Manhattan Beach, No. 1, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Home/Place Category of the 2015 One Shot: Home competition.

The summer of 2015 ushered in the first licensing opportunity for Kathy Corday.  A collection of her photographs showcasing the natural splendor of butterflies, animals, and undersea wildlife were licensed to a financial services company for use on their debit and credit card plates.  Additional licensing opportunities of Corday’s images continue to be considered and are granted on a case-by-case basis.

Kathy Corday continues to create new photographs with each passing day, but not every image makes it into her portfolio.  She likes to edit within the frame whenever possible, is known to purge an image or two, and will often set the camera down when she feels a disconnect from her “creative zone.”  Her photographic portfolios are their own living and breathing entities that can take years to reach what she considers to be their full form.  An intuitive artist, Corday will bank images for some time to allow herself to ruminate over their various interpretations and evaluate their subtle complexities.  Many of her project themes continue to inspire new work, necessitate periodic edits, and/or the occasional revisitation of past subjects or locations.

Alike many lifelong relationships, Ms. Corday's photographic portfolios involve creative sessions which tend to keep to their own schedules.  Some are short and sweet, while others can stretch out for years.  Guided by a desire to convey the full breadth of her inspiration, she seeks to create the one photograph she knows has yet to be created.  Corday’s creative process allows her individual themes to evolve over time.  She continues to travel the world, creating images in black and white as well as color using a variety of light sources, camera formats, and techniques.  Her shooting style morphs to the needs of a particular subject, setting or event. Then, with the click of her shutter, a portfolio series can instantly announce its completion.  

Looking ahead, Kathy Corday will continue to create and exhibit her photographs to the highest degree possible.  She intends to publish her photographic portfolios as artist’s books, exhibit in galleries, and create unique one-of-a-kind photographic art pieces worthy of fine art collectors and museum curators alike. Ms. Corday plans to maintain her blog presence with Corday Goes Public and The Networking Field Guide® to complement the Twitter® feeds she began in late 2015.  The 140-character mobile forum allows her to broadly share work samples, articles of interest, professional practices, travel ideas, and inspirational quotes with her diverse followers.  In addition, Corday creates and offers individual photography instruction, career coaching, and group workshops.  She regularly attends photo fairs around the world, and accepts invitations to appear before artist’s organizations, non-profits, and professional organizations as a professional speaker, juror, curator, technical imaging consultant, and panelist. Kathy Corday attributes much of her success to the generous support and gracious guidance of her gifted mentors.  In her effort to pay this goodwill forward, Corday hopes her own brand of “creative fuel” will empower emerging photographers around the world to pursue their dreams.

Kathy Corday is a lyrical artist, spiritually guided by what is seen and unseen, and committed to a lifelong pursuit of self-expression via her art of photography.  Photography for her is a labor of love, an invitation to the world to celebrate moments and thereby stretch time. Corday is know to say, “Life happens in the blink of an eye; for in our shadows, we are all the same. Enjoy the sun!”

UPDATE - MARCH 2016 - APRIL 2017


After relocating to Maui in 2015, Kathy Corday took a brief sabbatical to immerse herself in Hawaiian culture. She took to the waves to perfect her surfing, began to explore the unique natural landscape and wildlife of the island, and initiate new friendships. Six months later, she resumed her photography by creating new portfolios and continuing to explore new subjects.

In the summer of 2016, Vivid Art Agency signed Kathy Corday to act as her representative in the pursuit of licensing and publishing. opportunities of her work. An entrepreneur at heart, Ms. Corday expanded her efforts to include original design illustrations and unique functional art pieces.

In 2017, Ms. Corday commenced the creation of two new portfolios to compliment her Gray Series. She titled the new works as Gray Nouveau and Gray Two-tones. In addition, she continues to expand her work to include fine art images of iconic ocean animals in Maui with her latest portfolios entitled, Whale Washes, and Black & White Whales.  


Pop-Up Gallery Exhibition - Licensing Expo - Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas
Color Series; Gray Series – People;  Gray Series – Architecture;  Surf Series; Tulip Series
Documentary Installation – Hands Across the Border – An Original Short Film – Images & Direction by Kathy Corday

2015  Onsite:
Women In Photography International You & Your Camera – WIPI Collage interactive Art Image Installation 
PhotoLA, 24th Annual International Photographic Photo Exposition, Los Angeles, CA
Photo Independent, International Exposition of Contemporary Photography, Hollywood, CA  

2015 Online:
Women In Photography International Juried Exhition, i AM women - i AM digital - category Cell Portraits,
juror, Clive Waring, Editor, Silvershotz International Magazine.
IPA Photo Awards — Winner's Gallery: The Space Between, 

Kathy Corday's photographic images are included within the collections of the Image Library/Archives:
Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, CA
National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC
New York Museum of African Art in New York, NY
International Center of Photography in New York (Bronze Award: Dimensional Illustrator Design Competition)
and private collections

ARCHIVES: video footage, on-camera appearances, voice-over recordings

Walt Disney Imagineering

BOOKS: Self-Publishing

Corday Photography Book, In the Blink of An Eye, Photography of Kathy Corday    
The Networking Field Guide:

Corday's Artist Representation — Vivid Art Agency — Press Release  
Gallery Fine Art America, Kathy Corday Art Collections —
Gallery Pixels —    
Corday Blogs — 

Alchemy Media Group, Inc./Blog —
Alchemy Media Group, Inc./YouTube —  Video Promotion — —


Alliance Francaise;  American Society of Magazine Photographers (ASMP);  Art Institute of Chicago;  The California Surf Museum;  Film Independent, Los Angeles;  The Joffrey Ballet – Women's Board, Chicago;  The Lucie Foundation, Los Angeles;    The Magnificent Mile Association , Chicago;  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television & Radio Artists  (SAG-AFTRA); University of Southern California (USC), Marshall School of Business Alumni Association; Women In Photography International  (WIPI) – Charter Member 


University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business – Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Science – Magna cum laude*

University of Southern California, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences – Los Angeles, CA
Herman Fellowship – Graduate Study

Otis/Parsons – Los Angeles, Continuing Education: Creative Photography, Documentary Photography

Platt College of Design – Los Angeles, CA, Certificate – Graphic Design – #1 Ranking Honors

American Film Institute – Los Angeles, Continuing Education – Film 

The Second City – Chicago, Improvisation Conservatory & Writing Courses

The Artistic Home – Chicago, Stanley Meisner Actors Program


Kathy Corday intends to continue to exhibit her photographs, curate special exhibits, offer photographic workshops as well as history lectures, complete special projects for her collectors, and to donate original photographic prints for sale to support non-profit fundraising efforts. She hopes to round out the decade with numerous domestic and international excursions as needed to support her artistic endeavors taking time along the way to create new fine art travel portfolios documenting the cultures and traditions of our ever-evolving world.

Ms. Corday is committed to remaining active in the communities in which she lives by mentoring emerging photographers of all ages, in person and online. Her ability to articulate the nuances of traditional photography methods as compared to ever-evolving digital techniques will likely continue to afford her numerous teaching and consulting opportunities. She feels it is her duty as an artist to share her knowledge and personal vision with those who seek to better understand the medium and its creators, and thereby pay forward the wisdom she has acquired during her career. 


Ironically, in her junior year of high school, Ms, Corday received an acceptance letter from Yale University to attend its undergraduate program.  While she is a proud magna cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, she is equally proud to have her photography and her story included in this prestigious archive at Yale University.  A charter member of Women in Photography since 1989, Kathy Corday has always felt it an honor and a privilege to be a part of such a dynamic group of creatives sharing their feminine point-of-view from behind the lens.  

Fine Art Photographer, PBS Host, Author

Charter Member of Women in Photography International (Member, 1989 - Charter Member-2010

Kathy Corday
Chicago, IL - Los Angeles, CA - Maui, HI
WIPI PhotoProfile
Corday on Twitter —  @kathycordayusa

©Copyright for all images remains the property of exhibited photographer, and promotional use for Women In Photography International. All inquiries regarding use of and purchasing image use rights must be directed to the photographer.

File GALLERY complete August 30, 2014
File complete April 29, 2015 1 book b/w images, signed 1 pocket guide
UPDATE - JULY 2015 - MARCH 2016
UPDATE - Photographer Response - MARCH 2016 - APRIL 2017

UPDATE FINAL: May 2017 website content 1999-2017 file transfer to the Beinecke.
All organization files, computer, external hard drive, printed materials, photographs,
DVDs, books, competitions files and onsite installation art work


Juror: Clive Waring, Editor/Silvershotz
Interactive Magazine of International Contemporary Photography - winning images:
WIPI's final online exhibition before transfer to the Beinecke


Aloma, Alpert, Alt, Asimow, Balcazar, Bartolomeo, Bartone, Bauknight, Berger, Bigbee, Biggerstaff, Blair, Burns, Carr, Clendaniel, Connelly, Corday, Dean, Dooley, Ebert, Ferro, Flamer, Gates, Squires, Goldberg, Gottlieb, Greenblat, Henry, Hofkin, Jacobi, Jacobs, Jentz, L'Heureux, Jimenez, Keller, Kim-Miller, Kitchen, Lee, Madison, Maltese, McLemore, Meiser, Meltzer, Miller, Money, Neroni, Ohman, Olin, Pettit, Pinkerton, Poinski, Press, Pulga, Richards, Rink, Roter, Schneider, Siegfried, Silverman, Simonite, D. Stevens, J.Stevens, Stewart, Taylor, Temmer, Terry, Trenda, Tuggle, Vanderford, Waage


Women In Photography International Archive is held at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, Peter Palmquist Western Americana permanent Collection since 2003. The inclusion of WIPI hard copy and digital files from mid-2003 to present will be added to the collection. The 2014-2015 WIPI CHARTER GALLERY is set up for inclusion into the upcoming newly renovated Beinecke Library. The CHARTER MEMBER gallery of dedicated women photographers is a spotlight to introduce and showcase historical documentation and current member work.

Beinecke File thru 2003 - Series IV - Women in Photography International Records Literary and image rights, including copyright, belong to the photographers and authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

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