Lynne Bentley-KempA resident of Cudjoe Key, Florida and photography professor at Florida Keys Community College, Lynne Bentley-Kemp has had a longstanding relationship with the art of photography and its impact upon visual literacy. Much of her involvement with the visual world has been grounded in the social and historical influences of photography. Interested in studying the impact photography has had on culture, Lynne entered the Ph.D. program in Comparative Studies at Florida Atlantic University in 1999 as a member of its inaugural class. She graduated in May of 2003. Her beautifully illustrated dissertation “Recovering Eden: The Photographer in the Garden” analyzed the work of six photographers who possessed a special sensitivity to the American landscape.
Prior to entering the Comparative Studies program, Lynne was a tenured associate professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. While at RIT she taught courses in art, gallery management and photography to undergraduate and graduate students, and acted as support faculty for Deaf students in the School of Photography. From 1996 to 1999 Lynne served as Chair of the Fine Art Photography Department at RIT.
In concert with her academic and scholarly roles, Lynne works as a fine art photographer conducting technical and aesthetic research in infrared, non-silver and digital photographic techniques. Her work is exhibited nationally and is listed in numerous public and private collections. She is represented in Key West by Lucky Street Gallery.