Karen Marshall | Between Girls

Karen Marshall is a documentary photographer and Chair of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program at ICP. We talk about her recent book, Between Girls published by Kehrer Verlag. The project started in 1985 when Karen began photographing a group of teenagers in New York City. A decade older than them, her intent was to look at the emotional bonding that happens between girls at age 16 and document the emblematic relationships that often develop at this time in their lives. 10 months into the project Molly Brover, Karen’ first and closest connection in this project, was killed while on vacation and the project became more than its original idea. Between Girls is a 30 year long visual story of the lives of the core group of friends that started with Molly Brover.


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Karen Marshall is a documentary photographer whose work examines the psychological lives of her subjects within the social landscape.

Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, the London Sunday Times, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, NPR Picture Show, GUP Magazine, and PDN. Marshall is the recipient of artist fellowships and sponsorships through the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as grants and support from private foundations. Her photographs have been widely exhibited internationally and are part of several collections, including the Feminist Artbase at the Brooklyn Museum.

Karen Marshall is Chair of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program at the International Center of Photography in New York City.