Mariah Karson is a Chicago-based photographer and artist who strives to capture her clients needs with honesty and clarity to provide memorable images that tell compelling stories.
Mariah Karson's images have been published nationally and internationally with the Chicago Reader, The Guardian UK, Le Nouvel Observateur and more; she has exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, Filter Photo Festival, Firecat Projects, Chicago Design Museum, and others.
AMERICAN LEGION documents four small town posts across the U.S. between 2014 and 2016. The project follows Legion members and their families and the impact they have on their rural communities.
Made with help from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Individual Artist Grant.
The Arts Club of Chicago
89th Members Exhibition
On display was a portrait of James Reynolds Jr., a WWII veteran and Montford Point Marine Association Chapter 2 member. At the opening reception, Mr. Reynold's presence elevated the experience of viewers as he was enthusiastic to meet people and answer questions about who he is and what the Montford Point Marine Association does for the veteran community.
201 E Ontario, January 18 - February 22, 2020
Best of ASMP 2020 : Third Place
"A New Battleground" Chicago Veterans of the armed forces' segregated past fight to keep their legacy alive. Story and images by Mariah Karson.
Chicago Reader, April 4th 2019
4x5: The Stories Behind the Frames.
Four women photographers share the stories behind five of their favorite images – with Lucy Hewitt, Mariah Karson, Glenda Lissette, and Zakkiyyah Najeebah.
Apple Store Michigan Avenue, March 11th 2019