About Gina Genis Photography


Gina Genis grew up in Los Angeles and experimented with visual and performing arts while in elementary and high school. She moved to New York City to study fine art at Parsons The New School for Design. Since then, she has exhibited in museums and galleries across the U.S., including the Museum of Modern Art-Miami, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art.

She lives in Idyllwild, CA, and Washington, DC. Her work concentrates on presenting social issues prevalent in America. Recent work includes the conditions of the elderly in America, an aging society, invasion of privacy, the failure of our health care system, hoarding, and the wide-spread collapse of the economy. Her series, “Economy Portraits” executed as Artist-In-Residence at the Huntington Beach Art Center was awarded “Best Art Show of 2011 by the OC Weelky newspaper, and was published in a book.

Her current long term project is to photograph every full time resident of Idyllwild (3.500 people) and publish a book per year until she reaches that goal. She is currently working on Volume 3 of "Everybody And Their Mother, Idyllwild, CA.

She curated the critically acclaimed exhibit "Wide Angle View", featuring the assignment and personal photographs of 16 international award-winning photojournalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art.

She is included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library, Hard Rock Casino, and IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others.

Publications include: CNN 2013, NBC 2013, CBS 2013, Discover Magazine 2013, Huffington Post 2012,  
American Contemporary Art Magazine (pages 30-32) Los Angeles Times, OC Weekly,
Orange County Register, Press Enterprise, Creative Orange County (radio
interview), Life is Awesome, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach
Independent, and more.

She teaches in-the-field workshops to beginning photographers through the Gina Genis Photo Workshops as well as online courses at The Compelling Image. She is a frequent guest lecturer at Universities, Colleges, and Rotary clubs.