Ash Thayer is a photographer and multi-media artist based in Los Angeles, Drawing on personal history and larger political and historical narratives, Thayer's current work critiques the portrayal of women within the patriarchal system, their exclusion from history, and the limited roles for the expression of gender, emotion, and psychological states.

In the creation of KILL CITY, Thayer began taking pictures of the punk community she was a part of at the age of 17, while in high school. She continued photographing this subject matter when she moved to NYC to attend The School of Visual Arts. Thayer discovered the squatting community on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and lived in several of these buildings throughout the 90s. She focused solely on photographing her community for the duration of college. This work resulted in a monograph published by powerHouse Books in March of 2015,  Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000.

Thayer's work is held in several art collections including the Saatchi Gallery in London, The Chicago Art Institute, and The Museum of the City of New York. She has taught as an adjunct professor at New York University, Columbia University, and The New York Institute of Photography. Thayer received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts, and a Masters of Fine Art from Columbia University in New York.


Solo Exhibitions:

2015         Superchief Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015         Kill City, powerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY

2007        Salon de Refuse, Sleep, Brooklyn, NY


Select Group Exhibitions:

2017    "Femmes Video Art Festival No. 3," The Situation Room, Eagle Rock, CA

2016    "Respectability Politics"  Outlet Gallery, 253 Wilson Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11327

2016    "Heroine," Elizabeth Houston Gallery, December 9, 2015 - January 24, 2016

2015     "Hit The Street," Outlet Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2015     "Vroom, Vroom," Outlet Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014      "Bikesploitation," Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN

2011       "A Wealth of Plunder," New Albany Heritage Museum

2010      "Father Daughter Exhibition" Memphis College Of Art, Memphis, TN

2009      "Obsessions" 取り憑かれている情熱- MEM, Osaka, Japan

2004       Marian Boesky Gallery, Auction to benefit The Richard Foreman Hysterical Theatre

2003       “Innocence and Transgression," The Proposition, New York, NY September 2003

2001        Sundance Film Festival, Doubletake Magazine at The House Of Docs, Sundance Institute, Park    

                City Utah

2001        "How The West Was Won" CMC Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 2001

2001        "The Sidewalk Never Ends" Chicago Art Institute, November, 2001

2000-02  "Visualizing the Blues" Dixon Gallery, Memphis, TN, traveling exhibition

2000        Columbia University Thesis Exhibition Brooklyn, NY

2000        "New York Now 2000" Museum of the City of New York

1998         "Associated” Kean College, New Jersey

1997          "New Narratives, New Talent" Lawrence Miller Gallery

1997          Berlin Art Fair facilitated by Lawrence Miller Gallery



2000                   M.F.A. Columbia University, New York, NY

1997                     B.F.A. The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY



Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000, by Ash Thayer, powerHouse Books, March 2015


Catholic No. 1: Cats, Edited by Jesse Pearson and Glynnis McDaris, D.A.P.


World Series, NYLON Magazine


I Am A Camera, The Saatchi Gallery, Booth-Clibborn Editions

Bystander, Little, Brown and Company

Visualizing the Blues, The Dixon Gallery


35 North, 90 West, Doubletake Magazine, September Issue

Authored Publications:

Feature Shoot, Ash Thayer, “A Photographer’s ContemplativeJourney Throughout The Southern United States," Interview with Glynnis McDaris, June 5, 2015



Enmity: A Love Story                    2016    Writer, director, producer

Without You                                  2014   Writer, director, producer, actor, and editor



Artistic Awards & Grants:

2007                       The Steinhardt Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Fund

1997                        Jack Smith Award, Hips Road Recording Company

1992                        National Scholastics Award


Public Art Collections:

Museum of the City of New York

Saatchi Gallery, London, England

Chicago Art Institute

The Dixon Gallery, Memphis, TN


Academic Employment:

2005- 2008                           Adjunct professor, photography,  The School of Art and Art Professions, NYU

2005-2011                              Adjunct professor, photography, The New York Institute of Photography

2004-2005                            Adjunct professor, photography, at Columbia University

Summer 1999 and 2000       Adjunct professor, photography, Columbia University(two courses)