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No. 1, Icon Gray
No. 2, Lintel Gray
No. 3, Overture Gray Series
Gray No. 12, Executive Commute Gray Series
No. 5, Industrial Gray Series
No. 14, Twins Gray Series
Sq. Surf Series
in Motion Surf Series
Blue Ford; Ford Woody Surf Series
Tulip No. 1 Tulip Series
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 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
2012 Members Open Call
WIPI 2012 PhotoLA Footwear Digital Presentation
WIPI 30th Anniversary presentation photo la 2011
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
Charter Member of Women in Photography International
Chicago, IL - Los Angeles, CA - Maui, HI
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 complete August 30, 2014
File complete April 29, 2015 1 book b/w images, signed 1 pocket
Update Biography Final, February 2016 - WIPI group library submission
Clive Waring, Editor/Silvershotz
Interactive Magazine of International Contemporary Photography - winning
final online exhibition before transfer to the Beinecke