In her characteristic black and white photographs, Katharine Cooper (ZA, 1978) depicts women, men, and children with a great form of respect and sensitivity. She is drawn to the slightly strange side of humans - the things that make people stand out from others, but in the most subtle and often very modest manner. Essential in her work is the attempt to get close with her subjects, to break down the boundaries between the people and herself, as though she is part of their immediate family. For her, a portrait is as much a representation of the maker as it is of the ostensible subject. The last three years Cooper has been photographing in the Middle East, in Syria (Palmyra, Damascus, Aleppo) and Iraqi Kurdistan. In 2017 her work was exhibited in L’institut du monde arabe, Paris.
In 2015 Flatland published a book of her series White Africans, titled White Africans, A Journey to the Homeland, that includes a text written by Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs Collection at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Cooper's work is in important collections such as L’Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, FIMALAC collection, France, Djurhuus Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark, Hugo and Carla Brown Collection, The Netherlands.