Vera Lutter



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Vera Lutter (* 1960 in Kaiserslautern) is an artist living and working in New York City. She is known for her large-scale photographs of shipyards, airports, factories, and the Egyptian pyramids.

Vera Lutter’s career

In 1985 Vera Lutter began studying sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. She successfully completed her studies in 1991. She then went to New York to study “Photography and Related Media” at the School of Visual Arts. In 1995 she also successfully completed her studies with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA).

Vera Lutter’s technique

While still a student, Lutter began to explore the technique of the camera obscura, also known as the pinhole camera. This medium will become the focus of her work. Lutter’s works require hours or sometimes weeks of exposure and result in a negative print of the scene. Due to this working method, Vera Lutter experiences a very selective working process and the amount and variety of shots is much more limited than with other photographers. The often large formats of her works are intended to give the viewer the feeling of being able to dive directly into the scene depicted.

In 2001, Vera Lutter was honoured with membership of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The foundation supports individuals who have already demonstrated an extraordinary capacity for science or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Two years later, she is awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship. The foundation’s goal is to provide financial support to freelance artists.

Her work is represented internationally in museums and public art collections, such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Public Collections

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL., USA

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA., USA

Brooklyn Museum, New York NY., USA

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk VA., USA

Davis Museum, Wellesley MA., USA

Dia Art Foundation, New York NY., USA

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth TX., USA

The J. Paul Getty Museum Los Angeles, CA., USA

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York NY., USA

Harvard Art Museums & Fogg Museum, Cambridge MA., USA

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland

Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany

Los Angeles County of Art, Los Angeles CA., USA

Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, Germany

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX., USA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY., USA

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury VT., USA

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis MN., USA

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth TX., USA

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL., USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston TX., USA

The Museum of Modern Art, New York NY., USA

The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA

Neue Galerie, New York NY., USA

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany

New York Public Library, New York NY., USA

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC., USA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA., USA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY., USA


1960 – Born in Kaiserslautern.

1985/1991 – Studies of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich.

1993 – German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Grant.

1995 – Completion of studies in “Photography and Related Media” at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

1997 – Fellowship from the International Center for Advanced Studies, project on cities and urban knowledge at New York University.

1999 – ZF Friedrichshafen Cultural Foundation Grant.

2001 – John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship & Artist-in-Residence at International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPS).

2002 – Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.




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