Cody Edison is a photographer and a filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He was born in Chicago in 1989 and raised in Ketchum, Idaho before moving to California in 2006. He received his B.F.A. for studies in photography and media from CalArts in 2012.      

     Edison's interest in rural culture, racial and gender equality, community, and music has led him to explore stories of identity, under-recognized histories of injustice, as well as work about traditional musicians navigating the challenges of modern cultural disruptions. This work has developed long-lasting relationships with the subjects & community.

The discovery of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music became both a cultural gold mine and a practical one. Edison co-produced Re-Envisioning America, a multi-media homage to the Anthology with colleagues at CalArts. These productions were widely hailed as among the most significant tributes to American music that the CalArts community had ever seen or heard.

     Edison has worked with Danny Lyon, Gina and Kim Weston, David Benjamin Sherry, Zoe Crosher and David Bunn. He has also volunteered photography and video services for pediatric hospice, for MediCal patients, in the central coast of California. Edison has shown work through out California and he recently screened his short film The Songbird of Manzanar at L.A. Louver.


Curriculum vitae



2012:  Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography & Media, CalArts


Solo Exhibitions

2017-2018: Vaquero & Charro: An Enduring Legacy / Un Legado Duradero - Tucson Desert Art Museum, Tucson, AZ

2017: Caballeros: Southern California - Agriculture Museum, Santa Paula, CA

2016: Before The Southern Mountain: CA126 - Deep End Gallery, Santa Paula, CA

2012: Origins Anthology - CalArts, Valencia, CA

2010: Photographs of American & Mexican Songs: "Gonna Die With My Hammer In My Hand / Spike Driver Blues" & "El Mosco Americano" -  CalArts, Valencia, CA


Group Exhibitions

2017: The Changing Face of Ventura County - Museum of Ventura County (permanent display), Ventura, CA

2016: The Locals: A Portrait of America - The Santa Paula Art Museum, Santa Paula, CA

2015: Depth of Field – Art Intersection Gallery, Gilbert, AZ

2014: Weston Four Generation Show / Developing the Future (exhibited as a Weston scholarship alumni) - Steinbeck Center. Salinas, CA

2012: Artists as Travellers – Galerie Der Hochschule, Braunschweig University of Art, Germany

2012: An Unexpected Aesthetic : The Search for New Directions – Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA

2011: The White Woman with the Brown Skin with a White Name with a Gun on a Horse - Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

2008: The Weston Photography Scholarship - Marjorie Evans Gallery, Carmel, CA


Awards, Grants & Residencies

2013 – 2015: Deep End Ranch Residency, Santa Paula, CA

2012: Recipient of the DAAD German Academic Research Grant 

2012: Recipient of the Bartman Grant - CalArts 

2011: Recipient of the Interdisciplinary Grant - CalArts 

2008-2012: Merit Scholarship Award - CalArts

2008: Recipient of the 1st place Julian P. Graham Weston Scholarship Award


Artist Lectures & Film Screenings

2017: The Songbird of Manzanar - film screening / panel discussion / live music performance with Mary Kageyama Nomura and Cody Edison moderated by Renee Tajima-Peña at LA Louver, Venice, CA

2017: The Songbird of Manzanar - film screening at Deep End Gallery, Santa Paula, CA

2014: Moorpark College, CA - visiting artist lecture 

2012: The International Center of Photography (ICP), NYC, NY - film screening and artist lecture for the "Memories Can't Wait" symposium 

2012: Center for Photographic Art (CPA), Carmel, CA - group panel for An Unexpected Aesthetic : The Search for New Directions


     All silver gelatin fiber prints are hand-printed in the darkroom by the artist, and are limited to an edition of 25 (regardless of size) and five artist proofs (for museums and exhibitions only). Prices available upon inquiry. Please email edison(dot)cody(at)gmail(dot)com



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