Laura Letinsky's (born 1962) photographs explore the complex issues surrounding relationships, intimacy, love, and sexuality. Concerned with the intimate connections that exist between the photographic act and voyeurism, sexual desire and visual pleasure, her work self-consciously acknowledges the presence of the camera, and in doing so, effectively disrupts the appearance of unmediated reality. In this self-reflexive setting, the camera, photographer, and viewer are no longer passive and objective witnesses; instead, they become active participants in the sexual act itself.
Letinsky has exhibited work at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Maine College of Art; the Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle; the San Francisco Museum of Art; Presentation House, Vancouver; and Exit Gallery, University of Nevada. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, and she is represented by Ehlers Caudill Gallery, Chicago. She received a BFA from the University of Manitoba and an MFA from Yale University.