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Lauren Pond is a documentary photographer with a special interest in covering faith and religion. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in photojournalism at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.

Lauren approaches her work through a secular, though sometimes spiritual, lens. Raised without a strong religious background, she has long been curious about what faith means to others, and enjoys illustrating how it factors into people’s daily lives, decisions, and culture. Lauren ultimately hopes to generate greater understanding about different belief systems, many of them outside of the mainstream, by portraying them on a more human level. Her interests have led her to pursue stories about Senegal’s controversial Qur’anic education system, America’s flourishing “Heathen” movement, Pentecostal serpent-handling in Appalachia, and, most recently, motorcycle and trucker ministry in central Ohio.

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