Columbus, Ohio, USA

Portrait by Michael Bou-Nacklie

LAUREN POND is an interdisciplinary artist and storyteller whose work focuses on religion in the United States. Using photography, audio, writing, and other media, she documents and shares the nuanced stories of communities across the country, often attending to lived religious experience, or the ways the sacred intertwines with the everyday.

Lauren frequently collaborates with scholars and is currently the Multimedia Producer for the American Religious Sounds Project, a collaborative research initiative led by The Ohio State University and Michigan State University. She was recently the inaugural artist fellow of Saint Louis University’s Lived Religion in the Digital Age project. In 2017, Lauren received the prestigious Duke Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for her project Test of Faith, which was published that autumn by Duke University Press.

Lauren’s photographs have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal, and have 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. She has spoken about her work at universities and conferences across the country and exhibited both nationally and internationally. Lauren received dual Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and art from Northwestern University in 2009 and a Master’s degree in photojournalism from Ohio University in 2014.

Lauren also believes in the importance of empowering people to tell their own stories through art. She is the Manager and Curator of the Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, which exhibits the work of artists in recovery from mental illness and addiction. Previously, she worked as the exhibitions assistant for the Athens Photo Project, which teaches photography as part of mental health recovery.

Clients & Collaborators

  • AARP
  • Associated Press
  • Binghamton University
  • The Charlotte Observer
  • Duke University
  • Embassy of Iceland
  • The Humane Society
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Ohio University
  • Pearson Education
  • Religion News Service
  • Rodale
  • Saint Louis University
  • Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
  • The University of Chicago
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • West Virginia University
  • Yale University