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Terraced Garden, 1972-73
Cabbage, 1972
Red Cabbage , 1972
Cabbage, 1973
Lettuce, 1972
Grapefruit, 1972
Broccoli, 1972
Blue Chrysanthemum #1, 1978
Morning Mum, 1979
Speculation with 6, 1979
Cut Flowers 4, 1979
Carmen de Barros Iris, 1985
Maria Francisca Iris, 1985
Chinese Peony, 1987

Press Release

Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to present an online solo exhibition of photographic works by Betty Hahn.  The exhibition Betty Hahn: In the Garden, showcases original works from two of the artist’s remarkable series. Embroidered, gum bichromate fabric prints of vegetables are exhibited alongside prints from her series on flowers, which employ various techniques and print-making processes including: Cyanotype and Van Dyke printing with applied pastel and watercolor.  Hahn’s work emphasizes photography, while challenging established ideas regarding the medium’s presentation. Through the incorporation of handmade photographic processes and techniques traditionally associated with domestic craft, Hahn pushes photography to its edges, exploring both image creation and print-making. 

Betty Hahn completed a BA at Indiana University (1963) with a focus in drawing and painting. She turned to photography as a graduate student at Indiana University and, at the suggestion of Henry Holmes Smith, began to experiment with alternative photographic processes. She completed her MFA there in 1966.  After completing her studies at IU, she moved north to Rochester and from 1967 to 1968 she participated in Nathan Lyon's Visual Studies Workshop alongside Robert Fichter, Thomas Barrow, Roger Mertin. Hahn taught at Rochester Institute of Technology until 1975. She was then offered a position at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, where she was a professor of photography until her retirement in 1997.

Hahn's work is held within the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Center for Creative Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, among many others.