'Cherries', 2007
60 x 74" / 152 x 188 cm, Edition of 2

Born 1979 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Lives and works in Chicago.

1998 - 2001
Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI

BFA for Photography, Columbia College, Chicago

since 2010
MFA, Bard College, New York

2008 Publication: “D“ Magazine (La Repubblica, Italy). “Nathan Baker – Occupation”. // Publication: Ojodepez Magazine, Spain. “Rupture, Part One”. // Book: Bilder: 600 North Lakeshore Drive, Photographs by Nathan Baker. 2007 Book: Hirsch, Robert. “Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age.” (Work featured on back cover). // Publication: SPOT Magazine Artist Feature – “Rupture, Part One”. // Publication: Kim, Hyun-Jin. “Young Upcoming International Photographers”. Vogue Korea. 2006 Award/Book: “Emerging Photographers 2006”. Magenta Publishing, Canada. // Award/ Digital Book: “Photography Now: 100 Portfolios”. Wright State University, Ohio. 2005 Award: Finalist nomination – Santa Fe Photographic Award. 2004 Award/Publication: First Place, Photography – Adobe Design Awards. // Award/Publication: First Place – Union League of Chicago Annual Art Award. // Award: Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship. 2003 Award: Kodak Professional Scholarship Recipient. 2002 Award: Albert P. Weismann Foundation Grant. // Book: “Energy Unseen”. The ClergyPress, Chicago.


Terminal Palace. Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin. (Collaboration with Irena Knezevic)
Mountains Will Give. Heaven Gallery, Chicago
Seminal. Kaune, Sudendorf. Cologne, Germany
Rupture, Part One. Randall Scott Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Occupation. Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, VA.
Occupation. Blue Sky Gallery, Portland.
Rupture, Part One. Schneider Gallery, Chicago
People At Work, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco (shown in conjunction with Bill Owens’ Leisure)
Constructed Realities, Schneider Gallery, Chicago.
Energy Unseen, Mammoth, Newport, KY
Reaping, Heaven Gallery, Chicago
Tangible Mediation, C33 Space, Chicago



A Knot For Ariadne, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin
Balance and Accident, Liége Biennial. Liége, Belgium.
The Forgotten Bar Project REMIX II - Curated by Tjorg Douglas Beer.
Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin.
Austellung 01. Atelier Waldemar, Berlin.

Business Is Still Business. Centre Culturel de Liège. Liège, Belgium
Noise. Der Weiße Salon. Köln, Germany.
Photo LA. DNJ Gallery Booth. Los Angeles.
The Forgotten Bar Project REMIX I - Curated by Tjorg Douglas Beer.
Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin.
Ich habe Stimmen gehört - James Krone, Henning Straßburger, Nathan Baker.
Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin.
Going From Nowhere Philadelphia Center for Photography, Philadelphia.
'Moving Locations' - Hotel Beethoven. Bonn, Germany.
Harvest, Harold Arts. Heaven Gallery, Chicago.
NEXT Art Fair. Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery Booth. Chicago.
Veil. Der Weiße Salon. Chicago.
The Constructed Image. Redux Art Center, Charleston, SC.
Hic et Nunc. Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago.
Work. DNJ Gallery, Los Angeles
Aqua Wynwood Art Fair, Miami. Randall Scott Gallery.
Juried Exhibition. Houston Center for Photography. Houston, TX. Curated by Anne W. Tucker.
Photo España 2007. Madrid, Spain.
Lodz Foto Festiwal 2007. Lodz, Poland.
Photocentric 2007. Minnesota Center for Photography. Curated by Lisa Hostetler.
Emerging Photographers 2006, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, ON.
The Contemporary Condition, Hokin Gallery, Chicago. Group Exhibit with Brian Ulrich, Greg Stimac, Colleen Plumb, and others. Curated by Paul D’Amato.
Car Culture, Chicago Cultural Center. Group Exhibit with Jonathan Gitelson, and others.
New Trends, Iron Studios Building, Chicago. Group Exhibit with Ken Fandell, Paul D’Amato, Jason Lazarus, Matt Siber, and others.
Servings, City of Chicago Water Tower Gallery. Group Exhibit with Brian Ulrich, Laura Letinsky, others.
These Magnetics, InnJoy, Chicago
Adobe Design Competition Exhibit, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Union League Juried Art Exhibition, Union League Club, Chicago
Ultimatum, The Zoo, Chicago
2004 BFA Exhibit, Columbia College Hokin Gallery, Chicago
Patchwork, The Living Space, Chicago
Working Chicago Artists, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Cubicle, Uncle Freddy’s Gallery, Hammond, IN
Weismann Awards Exhibition, Columbia College Hokin Gallery, Chicago
Time Frame, CTA In-Transit Gallery, Chicago



Selected to participate in Descubrimientos, Photo España '07.
Chosen as one of 20 American Artists for Magenta Publishing for the Arts’ Emerging Photographers 2006 Book and Exhibition.
Chosen as one of 100 International photographers for Wright State University’s Photography Now: 100 Portfolios.
Finalist, Santa Fe Photographic Award
First Place Winner, Photography - Adobe Design Achievement Awards
First Place Winner – Union League of Chicago’s Annual Arts Competition
2004 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award Finalist
Kodak Professional Scholarship Winner
Albert P. Weismann Scholarship Recipient



*For list of commercial publications, i.e. album art, please inquire directly.

Esquire Russia. Artist Feature - November 2008.
Blue Sky Yearbook. Published by Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR.
“D" Magazine (La Republica Newspaper, Italy). Artist Feature - February 2008
Ojodepez Mazagine (Spain). Artist Feature - February 2008.
Bilder: 600 N. Lakeshore, Photographs by Nathan Baker. 2008.
Light & Lens: Photography in the Digital Age. Hirsch, Robert. Focal Press, 2007. Worked featured throughout and on back cover of book.
SPOT Magazine. Artist Feature – July 2007.
Photocentric 2007 Exhibition Catalogue.
Emerging Photographers 2006. 60 Portfolios by Artists from the UK, Canada, and the United States. Magenta Publishing for the Arts, Toronto.
Photography Now: 100 Portfolios. DVD-ROM Publication by Wright State University, Ohio.
DEMO Magazine. Cover Image, Inaugural Issue.
2004 Union League Arts Foundation Juried Exhibition Winners Catalogue
2004 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Exhibition Catalogue ©Adobe Systems Inc.
Energy Unseen: The Photography of Nathan Baker.
THE CLERGYPRESS, Chicago. Essay by Deena Weinstein.



Kim, Hyun-Jin. Young Upcoming International Photographers. Vogue Girl Korea. December, 2007.
Hawkins, Margaret. “A Fine Mess”. Chicago Sun-Times, April 20th, 2007.
Workman, Michael and Foumberg, Jason. “Breakout Artists 2007”. NewCity Magazine, April 26th, 2007.
Weinstein, Michael. “Rupture, Part One.” NewCity Magazine. April 12th, 07.
Baker, Kenneth. “Blurring the Boundaries Between Labor and Leisure.” San Francisco Chronicle, April 23, 2005.
Bamberger, Alan. San Francisco Art Review.
Weinstein, Michael. “Top 5 Chicago Photography Shows of 2004” New City Magazine, December 30, 2004. p. 4
Weinstein, Michael. “Nathan Baker, REAPING” TENbyTEN Magazine, Vol 3 No. 2 (December 2004). p. 89
Lasala, Anthony.“Adobe Design Achievement Awards Take San Francisco” Photo District News Online. August 12, 2004.
Weinstein, Michael. “Eyes Wide Shut” Tangible Mediation Exhibit Review New City Magazine, July 22, 2004. p. 18
Viera, Lauren. “Collaborative ‘Shift’ Defines Perspectives” Chicago Tribune. February 20, 2004. p. 25, Section 7 (Work chosen to represent group exhibition.)



Ruttenburg Collection. Chicago
Portland Museum of Art. Portland, OR
Permanent Collection of Columbia College. Chicago


Visiting artist lecture, Beloit College - April
Guest artist lecture at Columbia College Chicago - February
Visiting artist lecture, Kendall College of Art & Design - November
Artist talk at Blue Sky Gallery, Portland - June
Guest artist lecture at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago - April
Guest artist lecture at Columbia College Chicago - February
Artist talk at Schneider Gallery, Chicago - March
Guest artist lecture at Columbia College Digital Photo Dept. - December
Guest artist lecture at Columbia College Digital Photo Dept. - November
Guest artist lecture at Columbia College Chicago – September
Guest artist lecture at Columbia College’s Noon Lecture Series – June
Guest artist lecture at Columbia College Digital Photo Dept. - March

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