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LAUREN POND is a documentary photographer who specializes in coverage of faith and religion. She recently received her Master of Arts degree in photojournalism from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. Lauren is currently a staff photographer at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and works on freelance projects across the country.

Rather than focusing on worship and ritual, Lauren explores how people’s beliefs shape their daily lives, decisions, and cultures. She often immerses herself in faith-based communities over the course of several months or years, helping her understand different faiths more deeply and portray them in a nuanced manner. Ultimately, Lauren hopes to use her work to generate greater religious understanding, empathy, and tolerance.

To complement her documentary work, Lauren spends much of her time outdoors, where she uses her camera to explore the human relationship to nature and the uncanny, mysterious, and sometimes spiritual facets of the natural world.

Lauren also enjoys narrative writing and reporting, which she studied as an undergraduate at Northwestern University, and is working on her first book, Test of Faith. Her work has been recognized by the Magnum/Inge Morath Foundations, the Lucie Foundation, FotoVisura, PDN, College Photographer of the Year, and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, among others.

Portrait by Michael Bou-Nacklie.

Clients include:
  • The Washington Post
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Miami Herald
  • The Associated Press
  • Religion News Service
  • Runner's World
  • The Humane Society
  • The Embassy of Iceland
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Event Network
  • Northwestern University