Cig Harvey



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Cig Harvey’s photographs are intertwined with a rich narrative and autobiography. Since the age of thirteen, she has found herself captivated by and single-mindedly committed to the medium of photography as a way to tell stories.

The photographs and artist books of Cig Harvey, MFA, have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. She was a recent finalist of the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. Cig had her first solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2012 in conjunction with the release of her monograph, You Look At Me Like An Emergency (Schilt Publishing, 2012).

Cig’s devotion to visual storytelling has lead to innovative international campaigns and features with New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdales. Cig teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor and creativity. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does.

Cig lives in a farmhouse in the Midcoast of Maine with her husband Doug, daughter Scout, and dog Scarlet. She was an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University for ten years, but recently took a leap of faith to devote her life to purely making things.

In the Garden by Vicki Goldberg

Cig Harvey trips the light fantastic in the dark. She dances on the edge of revelation: a sliver of light from a door and a hot pink balloon disclose a child; a vigorous moon drenches the earth with a dazzle of stars. She tends a garden world at night and her camera hones in on radiance, gleam and discoveries hidden in the shadows a hand reaching out, an arm.

For centuries, painters like Georges de la Tour and Willem Claes Heda lit up corners in paintings otherwise drenched in black, but when Alfred Stieglitz took a photograph one dark night in 1898 it was considered a feat. Night photographs have since become commonplace think of Brassai’s Paris de Nuit and O. Winston Link’s midnight trains — but Harvey’s light sources are uncommonly elusive and unexpected, even verging on conundrum, as if in agreement with Louise Gluck’s poem:

“It is not the moon, I tell you. /  It is these flowers  /  lighting the yard.”

Harvey herself says these pictures “mark notations on time passing: A gold birthday cake, seasons changing, fallen deep red apples.” Indeed, nature can outdo clocks as a reminder that time is inexorable. Dusk comes on without fail every evening; day makes a habit of vanquishing night. On occasion, Harvey too relinquishes night in favor of sunlight: a girl in a patterned dress moves through a sunlit orchard that half hides her, binding her into the orchard’s growth; a red chair and a red-painted wall do their best to imitate the brilliance of pomegranate seeds. Yet sometimes even her daylight pictures balk at unlimited sun and court enough mist to baffle the eye instead: obscurity making a hesitant bid for dominance.

In photographs as in life, time moves solely in one direction but light and dark play unaccountable games. For light waltzes across the secrets and surprises of day and night alike, while an ardent and enterprising camera fills in the empty spaces on their dance cards.


Cig Harvey’s latest work was written up in The Telegraph in September 2015, Diary of a life: Cig Harvey’s mystical portrait of home and family.

Vogue Magazine featured Cig Harvey’s monograph, Gardening at Night, in their 2015 Spring Photo Book Guide.

The New York Times included Cig Harvey as one of their great artists in Jacoba Urist’s May 2015 Article, Women in the World, Why Can’t Great Artists be Mothers?

PRO Photographer magazine featured Cig Harvey on their November 2014 cover with an accompanying article, “From Art to Advertising, Why People are Captivated by the surreal images of Cig Harvey.”

Read the review of Cig Harvey’s September 2013 “Gardening at Night Show” on VOX Photographs blog, “Cig Harvey Shows us How It’s Done”:

PDN Magazine featured Cig Harvey on the cover and had an extensive review of her book, You Look at Me Like an Emergency” in the November 2012 issue. See the cover and read the article here: PDN November Issue.

Aesthetica, the cutting edge European art and culture magazine, did a wonderful 12 page spread on Cig Harvey for their August/September 2012 issue. See the feature here: Cig Harvey, Aesthetica Magazine, August/September 2012.

Photo-eye reviewed Cig’s book, You Look At Me Like An Emergency, on June 18, 2012. Read the full review here:Photo-eye Cig Harvey review.

Cig Harvey was interviewed by Lenscratch on June 15, 2012. The blogzine delves into Cig’s inspirations, creative process, her new book and upcoming projects. Read the full interview here: Lenscratch with Cig Harvey.

You Look at Me Like an Emergency received high praise in the UK’s top newspaper, The Independent, in the Sunday edition, May 13, 2012. See the article here: The Independent: You Look at Me Like an Emergency, Cig Harvey.

Cig Harvey was featured in Maine Home and Design Magazine’s April 2011 Issue. To view the feature, click the following link: MHD_Cig Harvey 2011



Cig Harvey’s Gardening at Night is an exploration of home, family, nature, and time. It’s predecessor, You Look at Me Like an Emergency, captured journeys in finding and defining home, while Gardening at Night denotes settling into one’s landscape, and creating life where you are.

The narrative throughout has a delicious element of magical realism – the viewer is left with the feeling of waking within a dream. On the other hand there is familiarity in what she evokes – something primal and instinctual that points to each person’s connection to nature.

Seasons figure prominently as metaphors for the cycle of life, and interplays between shadow and light underscore the work. Each photograph and written vignette offers a tactile experience of things that ordinarily seem intangible – the secret life of birds, of barren winter trees, of the lake in spring time, or the girl in the window whose house you pass every day.

The seventy five jewel-toned images are arresting and weighted, but punctuated, as always by Cig’s characteristic whimsical style. The result is an intensely personal collection that captures an experience of the world that is at once otherworldly and yet instantly familiar.

Cig Harvey’s You Look At Me Like An Emergencya collection of journeys, secrets and wishes, was released in 2012. It is a stunning visual autobiography through seventy-four vibrant photographs and seventeen emotionally raw vignettes. This striking exploration of the artist’s own emotional life follows the arch of universal and timeless archetypes: rejection, hope, indecision, strength, loss, and love.

To view the book trailer, narrated by Harvey, please visit the following link.


THE PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGESanta Fe Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 29th – April 3rd, 2015

MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE WITH JONATHAN SINGER, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, Colorado, June 8th – 12th, 2015

THE PERSONAL STORY, Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine, June 21st – 27th, 2015

THE PERSONAL APPROACH, Nord Photography – Destinations Program, Rockport, Maine, September 13th – 19th, 2015

VISUAL BOOKS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS, Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, Maine, October 4th – 10th, 2015