Laura Volkerding Study Center

Located on the second floor of the CCP, the Study Center is a space dedicated to research and study of our archives, rare books and reference materials, and oral histories. Multimedia equipment is available. Explore our collections.

The Study Center is open by appointment only and research appointments must be made well in advance.

Study Center hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday-Friday.

Educators: please visit our Education page for options about our photographic education opportunities and LENS initiative. 

Please note: the Laura Volkerding Study Center will be closed August 26-30, 2019; September 9-13, 2019; and October 7-11, 2019. 


About the Laura Volkerding Study Center

The Study Center is named in honor of Louisville, Kentucky, native Laura Volkerding (1939-1996). Volkerding studied fine arts at the University of Louisville and at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she received her Master’s degree in graphic design. Laura began her artistic career making drawings, weavings, and prints but switched to photography in 1972 after a fire in her studio destroyed much of her early work. From 1970 to 1979, she taught at the University of Chicago. In 1980, she became a lecturer in photography at Stanford University, where she remained for 16 years. Volkerding received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Prix de Paris, and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. In 1996, the Center for Creative Photography published her book, Solomon’s Temple: The European Building-Crafts Legacy.

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