Cody Edison is a photographer and a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. He was born in Chicago in 1989. He received his B.F.A. for studies in photography and media from CalArts in 2012.
Edison's exploration as a multi-disciplinary artist began with his discovery of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. For Edison, Smith’s Anthology became both a cultural gold mine and a practical one. He co-produced Re-Envisioning America, a multi-media homage to the Anthology with colleagues at CalArts. These amazing productions were widely hailed as among the most significant tributes to American music that the CalArts community had ever seen or heard. This led him to new interests in the moving image, the archive and the happening while expanding his longtime investment with documentary photography and text.
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.
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
2012: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography & Media, CalArts
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: 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
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: 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
Photography and Media – Copyright © 2018 Cody Lee Edison – all rights reserved.