Galina Kurlat




Galina Kurlat was born in Moscow, Russia in 1981 and emigrated to the United States in 1989. She received her Bachelor of Media Arts Degree from Pratt Institute in 2005 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. 

In Kurlat’s work, she explores the intimate relationship between photographer and sitter through large format photography using expired Polaroid film, and the wet collodion process. These photographs are as much about the collaboration with the sitter as they are the resulting images. The slow practice of creating large format photographs, using a medium which allows for almost immediate viewing, invites the sitter to participate in orchestrating the final image. 

Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in a number of public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX and the Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX. 

Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: Photo Jinju in South Korea, Baxter Street/Camera Club Auction in New York, Self-Processing- Instant Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Sputnik 2, Boyd Satellite Gallery in New Orleans, Analog, Mike Wright Gallery in Denver, Imaging Now: Collected Visions in Memphis, Unbound5! Candela Gallery in Richmond, Oceanside Museum of Art in San Jose, Inherent Traits, PEVETO Gallery in Houston, Safe Distance, Lawndale Art Center in Houston, 12th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant, West Gallery at Texas Woman’s University, #19, Emergency Room Gallery, Rice University, Onward Compé ’12 in Philadelphia, Urban Decay, Ravi Gallery in India, Artist Dialogue, Houston Center for Photography, The Big Show 2011 and The Big Show 2012 at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Annual Print Auction, Houston Center for Photography, Landscape, Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR; Reclamation/Inherent Traits, College of the Mainland Art Gallery in Texas City, Narratives, PG Contemporary in Houston.

Kurlat's work has been featured in the following selected publications: Photo Jinju Catalog, Photogrvphy, Diffusion IX, Oxford American, Blur Magazine, Fraction Magazine, Main Street Projects, Glasstire, Artist's Secret: Archaic Photo Process, Fraction of a Second from Radius Books, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Houston Center for Photography’s Spot Magazine from Houston Center for Photography, Unless You Will, Yellow Magazine, FotoFest 2010 Biennial Catalogue, Light Leaked; Exhibition Catalog, The Art of Photography Show 2008; Exhibition Catalog, Resurrection: A New Look at Old Photographic Processes, PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2007, Traces and Avenues. 


Pratt Institute, BFA Media Arts, Brooklyn, NY 2005

Art Students League, New York, NY 1996-1999



Artist DialogueHouston Center for PhotographySpot Magazine Publication Award 2011

Photo Lucida, Critical Mass Finalist 2008

Photo Media Center Open Juried Exhibition, Juror Award 2007

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention 2007

Pratt Institute Survey Award, Faculty Selection, 2005



Photo JinjuJinju South Korea, 2017

PHOTOGRVPHYOnline Publication, 2017

Oxford AmericanArkansas, 2016

Blur MagazineCroatia, 2015

Fraction of a SecondRadius Books Santa Fe, NM 2015

Fraction MagazineAlbuquerque, NM 2013

Light Leaked, Denton, TX 2012

Players MagazineItaly 2012

Urban Decay, Hydrabad, India 2011

100 Creatives, Houston Press: Art Attack2011

Artist Dialogue, Spot Magazine, Houston Center for Photography, Publication Award 2011

23 Sandy GalleryPromotional Image, Photo Alchemy, Juried Exhibition 2011

The Center for Fine Art PhotographyPromotional Image, Low-Tech Juried Exhibition 2010

FotoFest 2010 Biennial CatalogueContemporary U.S. Photography, Exhibition Catalog 2010

The Art of Photography Show, Exhibition Catalog, 2008

Resurrection: A New Look at Old Photopraphic ProcessesExhibition Catalog, 2008

PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Exhibition Catalogue 2007

Moment: une revue de photo, 2007



Safe Distance,  Lone Star Gallery, Houston, TX 2016

Safe Distance, Lawndale Art Center: Houston, TX 2015

Inherent Traits, College of the Mainland Texas City, TX 2012

Inherent Traits, PEVETO Gallery, Houston, TX 2012

Reclamation, FotoFest 2010 Biannual Participating Spaces: Boheme Houston, TX 2010

Remnants, Laila Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2006

Remnants, STAY Gallery, New York NY 2005

Remnants, Steuben Gallery Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY 2005




Touch me Touch you, Jinju International Photo Festival, South Korea


Unbound!, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA

Baxter Street/Camera Club Benefit Auction, New York, NY


Inherent Traits, PEVETO Gallery, Houston, TX

Safe Distance, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

Contemporary Landscape Photography, Oceanside Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Imaging Now: Collected Visions, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

Analog, Mike Wright Gallery; Denver, CO

Entre Nous; Denver, Colorado, Les Templiers, Expolaroid; Montélimar, France

Fraction of a Second, 516 Arts; Albuquerque, NM

Safe Distance, Aker Imaging Gallery, Houston, TX. 


Self-Processing- Instant Photography, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA

Sputnik 2, Boyd Satellite Gallery, New Orleans, LA


Joyce Elaine Grant,  West Gallery, Texas Woman's University, Denton TX 2013

#19, Emergency Gallery, Rice University, Houston, TX 2013

Ratio, El Ricon, Houston, TX 2013

Artopia, Winter Street, Houston, TX 2013


Onward Compé '12, Basho Projects, Philadelphia, PA

Urban Decay,  Ravi Gallery, Hyderabad, India

The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX 2012

Landscape, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR


Founder of Main Street Projects; a site specific installation space.