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Raised on Horses and Movie Stars.

From Aspen and Hollywood, to New York and back… nothing compares to a life in the saddle. This is me and Cadi right at home in Denver.

Lauren Berley

I was born in rural upstate NY, outside Albany, in 1969. There were farms and animals all around me, and my parents bred and showed champion doberman pinchers. Dog shows were exciting, as were the nearby tumbling hillsides of pasture and majestic horses. My earliest imprints are those of animals in their utmost glory.

My parents’ divorce transplanted me to Los Angeles, where I began English riding camp at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center at eleven. I became quickly riveted to equine sports and brought home books about them en masse. And then my father settled in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley with a horsewoman, where horses eventually became my life.

During my years at Aspen high School, my after-school/summer sports ranged from eventing with US Pony Clubs to reining discipline under Roy Yates’ mentorship, both English and Western under saddle, hunter/jumper, and crazy bareback trail rides to swimming holes with a gaggle of giggling girls.

I flung into adulthood at 21, a photographer in Hollywood and New York City, making artful, soulful, sometimes-edgy, and editorial images for clients in the motion picture, television, music, fashion, publishing, and art industries. I was extremely passionate about my work and built a client base very quickly. An overwhelming array of talent, passion and beauty in those years has forever shaped the eyes through which I experience the world: as cinematic splendor.

The event that most heightened my senses to a new level of storytelling is that of the September 11th attacks. The photojournalism and video work I did for the two years in its aftermath has forever shaped me and my awareness of precious humanity. Please click here to view my story of 9/11 and see the public service announcement we made to feed the rescue workers an average of 5,000 meals per day.

My father’s passing in 2010 sent me on a soul journey across the Southwest with my camera, a chance to think on the road and rest my eyes after many tears. I went to rodeos and met cowboys, was invited to their homes and to probe into their lives just enough… The result was a re-awakening toward equine life and the powerful imagery around the environment of the of the horse.

My background is editorial imagery, visual storytelling, and art direction. And before that… horses. I feel like the luckiest person in the world that I get to be back in Colorado making powerful images that tell the story of our blessed, sacred life with horses.”

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“I see the world as cinematic splendor.”

On the grey goddess, Orphan Dancer, in the Aspen Fourth of July Parade, 1986. I was 17.


exhibitions, showings, and installations

Oh be Joyful Gallery (represented), Summer 2019  Summer Season Western Exhibition (photography)

HomeMaker, 2019   Benefit For Mercy Housing with Governor Jared Polis (mixed media)

Voyage LA Magazine, 2019   Publication (photography)

Temple Tantrum, 2018   Hey Hue Art Pop-Up, Denver (mixed-media)

Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll, 2018   Hey Hue Art Pop-Up, Denver (mixed-media)

Mural, Doubletree by Hilton, 2017   Commission for Permanent Installation, Greeley (photography)

I Try So Hard to Do the Wrong Thing, 2017   Prism Workspaces, Denver (oil painting)

Cycle:Re-Cycle, 2017   Prism Workspaces, Denver (photography)

ArtWars Denver, 2017   The Curtis, Denver (mixed-media)

Fleurs Provocatuers, 2016   Habitual Salon and Gallery, Denver (photography)

The Knew, 2015   Point Gallery, Denver (0il painting)

Sexism: A Touchy Subject, 2015   Arc Gallery, San Francisco (drawing)

STRIP: Caricatures, Satire and The Funnies, 2015   The Studio Door, San Diego (drawing)

Artist Portfolio Magazine Juried National Art Exhibit, 2015    Publication (mixed-media)

City of Denver Photography Biennial, 2015    Point Gallery, Denver (photography)

 Field of Vision, 2014   Red Brick Center for the Arts, Aspen (photography)

Times Square Takeover, 2014   Public Space Projection in Times Square (photography)

 Legacy of Pride, 2010   Upstairs Gallery at Orsini, London (photography)

Mood on Wood, 2009   C Gallery, Los Alamos (mixed-media)

 9/11 Permanent Collection   New York State Museum, Albany (photography)

Philip Johnson’s Urban Glass House   New York State Museum, Albany (photography)

9/11 Remembered, 2003-2004   Smithsonian Institution, D.C. (photography)

Radical Hospitality, 2002-2003   New York Historical Society, NYC (photography)

Philip Johnson Permanent Collection   Museum of Modern Art, NYC (photography)

Life of the City, 2001-2002   Museum of Modern Art, NYC (photography)

 Black Book Magazine’s Get Deconstructed, 1999   NYC (photography)

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Doubletree by Hilton, Greeley

Commission for Western-themed vinyl wall mural, 8’ x 21’