photo by Sam Adler 

The photographs and artist books of Cig Harvey have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. Cig began working in a darkroom at thirteen and has been dedicated to photography ever since. She grew up in the deep valleys of Devon in the UK, and came to the States for her MFA in 1999, after years spent living in Barcelona and Bermuda. 

Cig Harvey’s first monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012,) is a collection of ten years of pictures and written vignettes. It sold out in all printings and was named one of PDNʼs Best Books of the Year 2012. Cig had her first solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway, in conjunction with the release. The book was well reviewed in a number of publications, including The Independent, Aesthetica, the Boston Globe, Blink, and PDN. Pro Photographer magazine ran an in depth feature, “Chance: Cig Harvey’s deceptively simple photographs tap into the universal elements of the human experience: love, loss, longing and belonging. She’s in demand for editorial and commercial work—as well as her for her fine art prints and books.”

Cig Harvey’s second monograph, Gardening at Night (Schlit Publishing, 2015,) was published in conjunction with solo shows at Robert Mann Gallery, New York, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston and Paul Kopeiken Gallery, Los Angeles. The book received critical acclaim with features and reviews in Vogue, The Telegraph, the International Wall Street Journal, the International New York Times, and Aesthetica among others. The International Wall Street Journal said of the series, “Though the subjects and setting are familiar to us, we cannot help but feel that Cig Harvey has led us through the looking glass to a world of wonder. In the way that twilight is not quite day and not quite night, the photographs of Gardening at Night are stories not yet fully developed, while still capturing the unexpected yet oddly harmonious moments that surround us daily.”

Cig Harvey’s work has been displayed at Paris Photo, Art Miami, and AIPAD every year since 2006. She has been a nominee for John Gutmann fellowship and the Santa Fe Prize, and a finalist for the BMW Prize and The Karl Lagerfield Collection at Paris Photo, The Clarence John Laughlin Award and for the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. 

Cig’s devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor and creativity. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does.

Cig lives in a farmhouse in the Midcoast of Maine with her husband Doug (who has the profile of an emperor on a Roman coin), their wayward daughter Scout, and Scarlet the dog (the original baby). The slow passing of time and the natural surroundings of her rural home has made her alert to the magic in the mundane.

Public Lecture at the School for Visual Arts.
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Selected Awards, Collections, and Shows


b. 1973, Devon, UK


Robert Mann Gallery, New York

Robert Klein Gallery, Boston

Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles

Joel Soroka Gallery, Basalt, Colorado

Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine

Beetles + Huxley, London, UK


2017 You an Orchestra You a Bomb  (Schilt Publishing)

2015 Gardening at Night (Schilt Publishing)  

2012 You Look at Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing) 


2019 Oqunquit Museum of American Art

2017 Robert Mann Gallery, New York, You an Orchestra You a Bomb

2017 Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, You an Orchestra You a Bomb

2016 Photo-Eye gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Gardening at Night

2015 Robert Mann Gallery, New York, Gardening at Night

2015 Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, Gardening at Night

2015 Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, Gardening at Night

2015 Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine, Gardening at Night

2013 Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, You Look At Me Like An Emergency

2013 Firecat Studios, Chicago, You Look At Me Like An Emergency

2012 Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway, You Look At Me Like An Emergency

2012 Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, You Look At Me Like An Emergency 

2012 Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, You Look At Me Like An Emergency

2012 Robin Rice Gallery, New York, You Look At Me Like An Emergency

2011 Dowling Walsh Gallery, Rockland, Maine, Cig Harvey

2011 Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, Cig Harvey

2010 The Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, Cig Harvey – Photographs 

2010 JAGR Projects, Philadelphia, The Hope Chest

2010 Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, The Hope Chest

2007 Robin Rice Gallery, New York, Cig Harvey – Photographs

2006 Joel Soroka Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, The Self Portrait, Updated

2005 Robin Rice Gallery, New York, Cig Harvey – Photographs

2005 Watermark Gallery, Houston, The Impossible Tasks

2005 Pikto Gallery, Toronto, Eyes Like Disappointed Lemons & The Impossible Tasks

2002 The Maine Center for Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine, Tread Softly

2001 Paul Mellon Arts Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut, Tread Softly

2000 Masterworks Gallery, Bermuda, Artists Up Front Street


2018 “Retour a la Ligne”Photographs from the Collection of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Fall Musee de l’Eysees, Lausanne, Switzerland 

2017 National Portrait Museum, London, England. Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

2017 Johnson State College, Vermont, On Photography

2017 Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Contrasts: Seven Unique Visions in Photography

2016 Feature Length Documentary, Cuban Footsteps: Five diverse photographers follow in the footsteps of Walker Evans: Mark Klett, Abe Morell, Cig Harvey, Sam Abell and Greg Gorman

2016 Fundación Canal, Madrid, Spain, The Gender Show

2015 Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, Picturing Maine 

2015 University Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine, Pairings: Selections from the Bruce Brown Collection

2015 Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Portland Public Library, Maine, Highways & Byways

2014 George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, The Gender Show

2012 Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Rarefied Light

2005 Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, Figuratively Speaking: Cig Harvey and Tom Sale


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Bowdoin College, Special Collections, Brunswick, Maine

Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine

Fidelity Corporation, Special Collections

Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York

Masterworks Foundation, Hamilton, Bermuda

University of Texas Dallas, Comer Collection, Dallas, Texas

University of Washington, Special Collections, Seattle, Washington


2016 Keynote Speaker, Fotoscenen, Oslo, Norway

2015 Speaker, Photo Plus Expo, Javits Center, New York

2016 Keynote Speaker, Inspire, Boston

2016 Juror, Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture

2015 Speaker, Photo Nola, New Orleans

2015 Speaker, Photo Plus Expo, Javits Center, New York

2015 Speaker, Inspire, Boston

2014 Speaker, Photo Plus Expo, Javits Center, New York

2014 Speaker, School of Visual Arts, New York

2012 Artist Talk, Stenersen Musuem, Oslo, Norway

2012 Juror and Keynote Speaker, Alaska Photographic Center, Anchorage, Alaska

2011 Juror, Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture

2010 Keynote Speaker. Click 646, Greenwood, South Carolina

2010 Panelist, "Women in Photography," B&H Event Space, New York

2010 Juror, "The Uncommon Portrait," PhotoPlace Gallery, Vermont

2009 Juror, Annual Show, The Texas Photographic Society

2008 Juror, "Pause To Begin", International Emerging Artist Competition

2008 Artist Talk, Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine

2007 Speaker, Symposium on Contemporary Photography, Visual Studies Program,

University of Houston, Texas Guest Speakers and Panel: Sally Mann, Vicki

Goldberg, John Wood, John Stauffer, Sally Gall, and Cig Harvey



2017 Winner of the Center 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award.

2017 Finalist, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

2017 Finalist, The Clarence John Laughlin Award

2017 Finalist, The Karl Lagerfield Collection, Paris Photo

2013 Nominee, The John Gutmann Photography Fellowship

2012 Finalist, Prix Virginia, Paris, France

2010 Shortlisted Finalist, International BMW Prize, Paris Photo

2009 Nominee, The Santa Fe Prize

2008 Image of the Year 2008, American Photo

2008 Gold Award Self Portrait Competition Photo District News, December

2005 Best Artist of the Year Award, Venus Magazine

2005 Emerging 30 of 2005, Photo District News


2017 New York Times, Lens, Feature and Interview. "Fairy Tale Photos of Everyday Life" 

2017 Creative Review, Feature and Interview. "You an Orchestra You a Bomb- Cig Harvey"

2017 BBC. Feature. "Sparklers and Snow in Maine"

2017 Photo District News, Feature, "Through Mother's Eyes"

2016 Fundación Canal, Madrid, Spain, Exhibition Book, The Gender Show

2015 New York Times, Feature, “Why Can’t Great Artist’s be Mothers?

2015 Vogue, Spring Book List 

2015 Photo-Eye Magazine, Book Review

2015 The Telegraph (UK), “Diary of a life: Cig Harvey’s mystical portrait of home and family”

2015 Wall Street International, Exhibition Review

2015 International New York Times, Book and Exhibition Review

2015 Aesthetica Magazine, Book Review and Feature

2015 Lomography Magazine, “The Magical Realism of Cig Harvey”

2014 Pro Photographer Magazine, Book Review and Feature

2015 Photograph Magazine, “Cig Harvey: Gardening at Night”

2015 Lenscratch, “Cig Harvey: Gardening at Night”

2014 Aperture. Photographers Playbook - 307 Assignment and Ideas  

2014 Snoecks (Belgium), Book Review and Feature

2013 Foto magazine (Russia), Cover and Feature 

2012 The Independent on Sunday (UK), Book Review and Feature

2012 Photo District News, Cover and Book Review

2012 Blink, Artist Profile and Feature, “Cig Harvey” 

2012 Aesthetica Magazine, Artist Profile and Feature, “Uncertain Beauty” 

2012 Fotografi (Norway), Cover and Feature

2012 Lenscratch, Book Review and Feature

2012 Boston Globe, Exhibit Review

2012 The Independent on Sunday (UK), Book Review and Feature

2012 Photo-Eye Magazine, Book Review

2012 GUP Magazine, Book Review

2012 Aesthetica Magazine, Book Review and Feature

2008 American Photo, Artist Profile, “The Best Photography Workshops”

2008 Maine Home and Design, Artist Profile, “The Moments Between The Moments”

2007 Bangor Daily News, Exhibit Review, “Photosynthesis”

2007 Maine Sunday Telegram, Exhibit Review, “She Came, She Saw, She Focused”

2006 Frankfurter Rundschau (Germany), Artist Profile, “Schoner Schein”

2005 Popular Photography Magazine, Artist Profile

2004 Photo District News, Artist Profile, "Rising Star"

2005 Shots Magazine, Artist Profile, “Cig Harvey – An Interview”


2012 - Present. Faculty, Low Resident Master of Fine Arts Program - Maine Media College, Rockport, Maine

2003-2012 Assistant Professor. Lesley University College of Art and Design (Formerly Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University)


Ace Insurance


Harpers Bazaar Japan

Kate Spade

Little, Brown and Company

New York Magazine

New York Times Style Magazine

O Magazine

Paris Opera

Ralph Lauren

Royal Shakespeare Company


Wyndham Hotel Group