Lauren Pond is a documentary photographer who specializes in faith and religion. In addition to photographing formal rituals, she uses her camera to explore the intersection of belief and culture. She often takes an immersive approach in her work, allowing her to experience daily life in religious communities and to portray them in a nuanced manner. Candid yet reflecting deep personal engagement with her subjects, Lauren’s work combines photojournalism, ethnography, and artistic practice.
Lauren frequently collaborates with scholars and currently works as the multimedia producer for the American Religious Sounds Project, a collaborative research initiative led by the Ohio State University and Michigan State University. In 2017, she received the prestigious Duke Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography for her project Test of Faith, which was published that autumn by Duke University Press.
Lauren’s photographs have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Oxford American, and The Wall Street Journal, and have been recognized by the Magnum/Inge Morath Foundations, the Lucie Foundation, FotoVisura, PDN, College Photographer of the Year, and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, among others. She has spoken about her work at institutions across the country and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Lauren received dual Bachelor’s degrees in journalism and art from Northwestern University in 2009 and a Master’s degree in photojournalism from Ohio University in 2014.