2019 The Best of the Best, R. J. Kern with essays by Anjuli J. Lebowitz and Eric Kunsman. Author: Minneapolis.

2018   The Sheep and the Goats, R. J. Kern with essays by Lisa Volpe and George Slade, interview by Stuart Klipper. Kehrer Verlag: Heidelberg

2018  The Unchosen Ones, R. J. Kern with essays by Alison Nordström and Joe Scapanski. Author: Minneapolis.



2017  "The Unchosen," with photographs and text by R. J. Kern, National Geographic, Nov 2017




“R. J. Kern,” feature by Jeff Moorfoot, BETA Developments in Photography, Issue 33, Oct 6, 2019

“2nd annual San Francisco Bay International Photography Exhibition honors hoofed, winged, human subjects,” by Ryan Tuozzolo, The Daily Californian, Sept 19, 2019.

“Say cheese curds! State Fair champion animals celebrated with fine art photograph,” feature by Tim Nelson, MPR News, August 30, 2019.

Legacy Matters podcast, Episode 48, by Sam Devine, James Holmberg, and Sarah Anderson, August 29, 2019.

“Crimson-hued Champions,” PDN Photo the Day, August 21, 2019.

“R. J. Kern photographs 'best' animals for Minnesota State Fair” feature by Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, August 18, 2019.

“Portrait of champion livestock is this year's Minnesota State Fair highlighted art,” feature by Katy Read, Star Tribune, June 9, 2019.

“Behind the scenes of the 2019 Minnesota State Fair commemorative art,” feature by Pamela Espeland, MinnPost, June 7, 2019.

“The Minnesota State Fair's official art piece is coming to kick your ass,” feature by Mike Mullen, City Pages, June 7, 2019.

“Goat Workship” feature, photographs by R. J. Kern, Revolver, April/ May 2019.

“The Unchosen Ones and Divine Animals” feature, ČILICHILI (Czechoslovakia), March 2019.

“A Behind the Scenes Look Into How Photographer R. J. Kern Shot This Heartwarming Photo Series called "The Unchosen Ones,’ by Eli Dreyfuss, Fstoppers, March 19, 2019.

“R. J. Kern named 2019 State Fair Commemorative Artist,” feature Pamela Espeland, MinnPost, Jan 30, 2019.

“Minneapolis photo artist chosen for 2019 State Fair poster,” feature by Kathy Berdan, Pioneer Press, Jan 29, 2019.


"At the Griffin, Photo Shows that Visit the Animal Kingdom,” exhibition review by Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe. November 15, 2018.

“The Unchosen Ones,” feature and interview, Mono Chroma Magazine, Issue 003, November/December, 2018. Page 35 - 47.

“Exalting the Ordinary,” exhibition review by Elin Spring, What Will You Remember, October 30, 2018.

“From Fair to Field,” with photographs by R. J. Kern, Culture, Winter 2018.

"Photography Annual 59," Communication Arts, published work, Award of Excellence.  July/August 2018. Page 100-101.

"The Minnesota State Fair’s Fine Arts Exhibition celebrates the art of the state," review and interview by Pamela Espeland, MinnPost, August 29, 2018.

"R. J. Kern photo exhibition in Wayzata finds ‘beauty in the common'," review and interview by Jason Jenkins, Sun Sailor, July 19, 2018. 

"On the Town: 'Triangulate' Exhibit Debuts at Dunedin Fine Art Center," exhibition review by Virginia Johnson, Bay News 9,  June 19, 2018

"Three Series by R.J. Kern Show the Bonds Between Livestock, Humans and the Land," PDN Photo of the Day, May 23, 2018

"We Tamed Animals—But How Have They Shaped Us?” by Coralie Kraft, Lensculture, May 10, 2018

"R. J. Kern: The Unchosen Ones," book review and interview by Aline Smithson, Lenscratch, April 27, 2018

PDN’s 30 2018: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch," by David Walker, PDN, April 2018. Page 43.

"The Animal Whisperers," book review by Suzanne Révy, What Will You Remember, March 27, 2018.

"R. J. Kern segues from Weddings to Fine Art," by David Walker, PDN, January 2018. Pages 10-12.


"R. J. Kern: The Sheep and the Goats," by Aline Smithson, Lenscratch, November 22, 2017

"Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017, review – suggests we're all in need of comfort," by Hettie Judah, The Telegraph,  November 14, 2017

"The Sheep and the Goats," PDN Photo of the Day, November 7, 2017

The Royal Photographic Society Journal, October 2017, page 808

BBC, “The 2017 Royal Photographic Society competition,” October 4, 2017

“Fine Art of the Fauna,” by Ralf Hanselle, FotoMagazin, July 2017, Germany, 22

"No blue ribbon, but they still found fame," by Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, May 28, 2017. E1

"A photographer captures goat losers at Minnesota county fairs," by Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, May 22, 2017

"Innovation from Photo Lucida 2017,"  by Geoffrey Koslov, Foto Relevance, May 6, 2017

"The Human Landscape Photolucida 2017," by Elin Spring, What Will You Remember, April 27, 2017


Artist Day Jobs: R. J. Kern, MN Original, Twin Cities PBS

"Don't miss one of the year's best art exhibits, 'Open Door' at Rosalux," by Gregory Scott, Star Tribune, December 22, 2016

"Divine Animals: The Bovidae by R. J. Kern, The Fence," by Elly Thomas, World Photography Organisation, November 19, 2016

"Mythology and the everyday collide in these images of bovidae," by Elizabeth Sulis Gear, FeatureShoot, November 10, 2016


"Art of the state: Minnesota State Fair celebrates a host of talented artists," by Mary Abbe, Star Tribune, September 5, 2015

"Photographer makes portraits in the fields," John Lamb, Fargo Forum,  July 23, 2015


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