Linda Wachtel is an Australian photographic artist based in Melbourne. Her practice extends across photographic genres, with a particular interest in both portraiture and the psychological space of constructed environments.
Early in her career Linda worked as a cataloguer of 18th and 19th century paintings at Sotheby’s in London. She developed her photographic practice during those years, informed by life within the auction houses and galleries to which she was exposed. The focus of her academic research has been within the realm of cultural institutions, examining the way they frame our experience with art. In 2014 she completed her Master of Fine Art (Photo Media) at Monash University.
Her studio practice sits within the broad field of documentary photography and she has been a portrait artist for many years. She is a founding member of an art collective, The Contemporary Collective, which provides a platform for artists to critically engage with a broad spectrum of contemporary issues.
Linda has exhibited throughout Australia and overseas in solo shows and group exhibitions, most recently in New York at Photoville, and The Indian Photo Festival in Hyderabad. Her work was selected for numerous Award exhibitions during 2015 including the Blake Prize, The Head On Portrait Prize and The Olive Cotton Award. Her solo exhibition, Found inForm, was shown at The Perth Centre for Photography in 2015 and Fehily Contemporary in 2014. She has previously been a finalist in The National Photographic Portrait Prize and The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Her photographic work has been also been included in group shows at The Glen Eira Council Gallery and Monash University and her work has been widely collected in the U.S.A, London and Australia.