R. J. Kern (b. 1978) is an American photographer whose work explores ideas of home, ancestry, and the sense of place. The materials he works with: light and the photographic medium which function to document the interaction of people, animals, and cultural landscapes.
He majored in Art & Art History and Environmental Geography from Colgate University and holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, USA. R. J. is the recipient of a 2016 Artist Initiative Grant awarded by the Minnesota State Arts Board. His work received critical acclaim through the 2017 Review Santa Fe, he was a finalist for Critical Mass 2016, and his work is apart of the public exhibition series, The FENCE, on display in Boston, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Houston, and Santa Fe in 2016. His work has been featured by National Geographic, PBS, and the World Photography Organization.
In May 2017, he was the recipient of CENTER's Curator’s Choice Award awarded by Corey Keller, Curator of Photography, SF Museum of Modern Art.
He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, two kids, and goldendoodle, Willy. They often serve as lighting test subjects in the back alley.