Linda Wolf 1970 Venice Beach, CA. (photo taken by Sandy Konikoff)

"Linda's work captures the human in humanness and vice versa. A more gracious and humble person you will not find in the art world. "
---Dr. John Paddock, PhD

Linda Wolf is a humanistic photographer, known for her global portraiture which focuses on women and indigenous cultures. Over her fifty years as an artist she has moved seamlessly through photojournalism, fine art, street, portrait, and rock & roll photography. Her work is part of numerous collections in institutions, libraries and museums worldwide. Her work has been published in Le Monde, Japan Times, The Times of London, Los Angeles Times, Artweek, Alfred Van Der Marck Editions, WET Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Rolling Stone, and in films including Twenty Feet From Stardom; Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen; and Bridge of Glass, a film about her mother, poet Barbara Wolf. She was one of the “100 top photographers worldwide” for the book, Twenty-four Hours in the Life of L.A. and has contributed to numerous autobiographic books and CD and record album covers. In 2014, the MacArthur Foundation invited her to document human justice stories in Oaxaca Mexico, and to give a key-note speech at the Oaxaca State Department of Justice and the Tanivet Women’s Prison.

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From 1970-1975, Linda lived and studied in Provence, France, attending the Institute of American Universities, and L'Ecole Experimental Photographic taught by Jean-Pierre and Claudine Sudre. In 1981, she co-founded the organization Women in Photography International. Wolf has taught photography through UCLA Extension, and was the staff photographer for the Los Angeles Citywide Mural Project, and the Social and Public Art Resource Center. In 2013, she was an artist in residence at the Mansion on O, in Washington DC.

Over the past 45 years, Linda Wolf has received numerous grants, and private donations for her humanistic projects. She created and produced America Welcomes the World for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, large scale portraits of multicultural residents exhibited on billboards throughout the city, sponsored by Eastman Kodak. She was featured on “Talk About Pictures,” the Emmy award-winning NBC-TV series with Leigh Wiener. Her video montage, I am a Full Woman, has been viewed online over 50,000 times and shown at international women's empowerment events, and TED-x conferences. Her Bus Bench Mural Projects were exhibited at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, in Arles, France, where her work remains in permanent exhibit at Le Musee Reattu, in Arles, France. Her books for youth, published by New Society Press, have sold over 45,000 copies. Since 1993, the nonprofit organization she founded, Teen Talking Circles, has received broad recognition and awards for mentoring youth and training adults in the art of circle facilitation, including the Athena Award for Mentoring.

Wolf attended Hollywood High School, graduating in 1968. She became a professional photographer as a teenager for Fanny, the first all-girl rock band to be signed by a major label-- Warner Brothers/Reprise, and later an official photographer for the Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen Tour (1970). Upon his death in 2014, Linda photographs of Joe Cocker were used for his obituary worldwide. In 2015, Linda was the official photographer for the memorial tribute concert to Joe Cocker / reunion of the Mad Dogs & Englishmen organized by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Trucks. A documentary film about the concert and the reunion by filmmakers JoJo Pennebaker and Jesse Lauter will be released in 2017.

2014, Linda Wolf with her mother, poet, Barbara Wolf, and daughters Genevieve Smeeth and Heather Wolf

2014, Linda Wolf with her mother, poet, Barbara Wolf, and daughters Genevieve Smeeth and Heather Wolf


Linda Wolf es una conocida fotógrafa humanista nacida en 1950 en Estados Unidos. Ha destacado tanto por su fotografía como por su activismo social, es la fundadora de la organización sin ánimo de lucro Teen Talking Circles. Su fotografía ha estado influenciada desde sus comienzos por su activismo en el movimiento de liberación de la mujer de los 60, y se centra en reportajes sobre temas como la diversidad cultural, la mujer o la justicia social, aunque también se ha dedicado al fotoperiodismo. Es miembro fundador de la organización Women in Photography International


REBEAT MAGAZINE: Rock Photographer Linda Wolf at Home With Fanny and on the Road
With Joe Cocker

Posted on October 3, 2016 by Gretchen Unico

Exhibitions & Permanent Collections:

June 24 - October 1st, 2017
Linda is co-curator of the Women in Photography exhibit at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA. (See Review)

Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France
Le Zilvermuseum Het Sterckshof, Belgium
Le Musee Reatu, Arles
Le Musee Cantini, Marseille, France
The Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach
USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Stephen White Gallery, Los Angeles
Harborview Medical Center Art Collection
Group Health Cooperative Art Collection
Paul & Annie Mahon Art Collection
Robert Haas Collection
Photographic Center of the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Tokyo
Museum on O, Washington, DC
National Museum of Women in the Arts: Women who Rock
Jean Rhodes Collection
Carrie Rhodes Collection
Los Angeles Barnsdall Park: Multicultural Focus Collaborative Exhibit
Arena 1 Gallery: Multicultural Refocus: part of Pacific Standard Time, initiated by the J. Paul Getty Museum
Fischer Gallery Museum of Art, USC: Sight Specific: LACPS and the Politics of Community
International Art of Photography Show, San Diego, California.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio: Women Who Rock Exhibit
Street Art, San Diego: The Bus Bench Mural Project - A bus bench public art project
Street Art, Los Angels: The Bus Bench Mural Project - A bus bench public art project
Street Art, Oakland: The Bus Bench Mural Project - A bus bench public art project
Street Art: LA Welcomes the World - A billboard pubic art project
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Women who Rock
La Chapelle des Penitents Bleus, Aix-en-Provence, France
Le Chateau de Goult, France
L'Ancienne Poste, Goult, France
The Chelsea Gallery, Santa Monica
L.A.C.E., LA
L.A.P.A., LA
The Photographer's Gallery, London
Grace Church, Bainbridge Island, WA.
Celluloid Bainbridge

Grants and Donations:

Rhodes Family Fund
AnJeL Fund
The Puffin Foundation
Rudolph Steiner Foundation
Bainbridge Island Arts
Humanities Council
Oakland Center for the Arts
Epson, USA
Fuji Film
Think Tank
The California Arts Council
Bench Ad Company
ARCO Foundation
Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Winston Network
Air France
est Foundation
Gelfand Corporation
The Mansion on O

In the News:

MacArthur Foundation: Documenting women in prison, justice department and midwives Inside Tedeschi Trucks Band Joe Cocker Concert
Talkin' Music: Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen Memory Book; Interview with Linda Wolf
Bainbridge Islander: Island Photographer Reunites with Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Blues GR: Interview with Linda Wolf
Cowbird Daily Pick: Ansel Adams Took my Picture: Story about Linda Wolf
Ethiopian Airlines Magazine: Person to Person with the Hamer Tribe
UCLA Center for Study of Women: Story about TTC and the nonprofit work of Linda Wolf
Women's Radio News,  Riane Eisler interviews Linda Wolf
Elephant Journal: Review of Full Woman by Linda Wolf
Through the Eyes of Women: Brenda Starr interviews Linda Wolf
Wet Magazine: The Making of Wet: Photos by Linda Wolf appeared in Wet Magazine
LA Yoga Magazine
Inside Bainbridge
Professional Photography Magazine: Behold Beauty
TED-x Elliott Bay Women
Women's Rising Radio WRR profiles the distinguished US photographer Linda Wolf
Gaialogue Radio: Stories of Transformation with Artist, Author, Photographer and Entrepreneur Linda Wolf
Celluloid Bainbridge: Full Woman video presentation with Linda Wolf
Compathos TV
TAMLA Pod Cast
Women's Radio
Scot Free
Teach Mama: Raising Girls who Rock
Yosoy Network
Pat Show
Deva Premal & Miten in Concert for Linda Wolf's Teen Talking Circles
Saeedeh Jamshidi KBCS Radio: Linda Wolf Story
Women Rising: Linda Wolf, a Quintessential Feminist
New Dimensions Radio: The Power and Promise of Young Women


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Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen: A Memory Book
Over 150+ vintage photos by Linda Wolf, plus stories and quotes, of alumni such as Rita Coolidge, Claudia Lennear, Chris Stainton, Bobby Torres, Leon Russell, Carl Radle, Pamela Polland, Chuck Blackwell, Jim Keltner, and more.

I AM A FULL WOMAN: A montage of photographs of women worldwide to the beautifully haunting chant by Rachel Bagby, Full Woman.


All photographs copyright © 1968-2014 Linda Wolf