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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 assisting on the Religious Soundmap Project at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and works on freelance projects across the country.

Lauren often takes an ethnographic approach to her work. In addition to documenting worship and ritual, she explores how people’s beliefs shape their daily lives and cultures, and vice versa. Lauren often immerses herself in 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 understanding, empathy, and tolerance.

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

Lauren also enjoys writing, which she studied as an undergraduate at Northwestern University, and is working on her first book, Test of Faith. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, and 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.

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  • The Washington Post
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Religion News Service
  • Tanenbaum Center
  • Associated Press
  • Rodale
  • Embassy of Iceland
  • Humane Society
  • Pearson Education
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio University
  • Ohio State University
  • Event Network