Heidi Lender reported on the fashion universe for national magazines, writing features and styling photo shoots throughout her twenties. With a BA in apparel and textiles from Cornell University, she covered style and travel from New York to Paris, where she served as Fashion Director and Associate Bureau Chief of Women’s Wear Daily and W Magazine. After Paris she went to India, where she lived part-time studying yoga for the next 8 years. In 2007, she opened and taught at a yoga studio in San Francisco, and two years later, she discovered her creative self in photography. Self-taught, she began by creating self-portraits and realized a meaningful way to make sense of the world and her place in it. Her images are often based in personal inquiry that stem from personal experiences, relationships, and/or investigate identity.

She is represented by galleries in the U.S. and Uruguay and has exhibited internationally. Heidi is a founding member of the online collective Six Shooters, has twice been a Critical Mass finalist, received recognition from the likes of WPGA Pollux Awards and the Julia Margaret Cameron Award. Her work has been featured in PDN and Rangefinder magazines and in online photo blogs including CNN, NPR and the New Yorker’s Photo Booth. Editorial credits include WSJ Magazine, Disegno and Grey Magazine. In 2014, Kehrer Verlag published the photography book Grassland under Lender’s pseudonym H. Lee. She currently resides on an 80-acre ranch in Pueblo Garzon, Uruguay, where she has founded CAMPO, a nonprofit creative community supporting international artists.

b. 1966, New Haven CT


Cornell University, BA in apparel & textile management

Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, Mysore, India


Campo, Black Gallery, Pueblo Garzon, Uruguay

Fabini-Lender, El Cubo, Pueblo Garzon, Uruguay

5 Room/5 Photographers, Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

Fotografische Selbstinszenierungen von Frauen, Kunst:raum Sylt Quelle, Sylt, Germany

5 Room/5 Photographers, Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

Anonymous, Wallspace Gallery
Instagram, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO
Talking Eye, The Adobe Art Gallery, Castro Valley, CA
5 Rooms/5 Photographers, Guthrie Contemporary, New Orleans, LA

Self-Timed, pop-up show at Neighborhood Cut-and Shave, NYC
Self-Timed, Jennifer Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Heidi Lender & Brooke Shaden, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO
Heidi Lender & Sabine Dehnel, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
ID-The Object of Self, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct, VT. Juror: Cig Harvey (honorable mention)
Six Shooters, Seaver Art Gallery, Los Angeles
Looking East: The McCurry Group Show, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO

Dreams, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Seeing Myself, Seeing Others, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
TPS 20: The International Competition, Texas Jurors: Ted Orland, Karen Sinsheimer, Huntington Witherill
Food, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA

Holiday Showcase, Open Shutter Gallery, Durango, CO
TPS 19: The International Competition, Texas
Self-Searching: The Art of Self Portraiture, Photoplace Gallery,Middlebury, VT


Plates to Pixels, June feature and interview
CNN photo blog, feature on Loaded

Il Post, feature on She Can Leap Tall Buildings
Photo+ (Korea), May issue
Open to Interpretation: “Intimate Landscapes”; Cover photograph

Shots Magazine #113, self-portrait theme

Photo District News, August issue, PDN Faces
Lamono Magazine, #73 Never Hide. Feature on Once Upon
F-Stop Magazine, #46 All About Me, group show

F-Stop Magazine, #42 Portfolio Issue
Namarupa Magazine, issue #11 volumes 3 & 4