Aubrey Dawne Edwards is a veteran photographer, collaborative anthropologist, storyteller, researcher, naturalist, and educator. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in Photography (ACC), a Bachelor of Journalism (UT) and a Master of Science in Urban Studies (UNO). She is presently earning her Master of Art in Anthropology and Environmental and Natural Resources with a focus on community archaeology, and a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Sciences and Technology at the University of Wyoming. Her present research interests include community-rooted and cross-disciplinary memory keeping practices in landscapes of labor and violence.
Her editorial and commercial photography client list includes: BBC, Camel, Comedy Central, Esquire, Fender Guitars, HBO, Magnolia Pictures, Nike, Playboy, Red Bull, The United Nations, Time, Volcom and innumerable magazines and record labels. Her collaborators have ranged from Spike Lee to Rebecca Solnit to the Smithsonian Institution. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies and has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Aubrey is a youth advocate and a healing-centered / trauma-informed arts educator. She has worked with young people in an array of capacities for over 20 years. She cocreates spaces where young people can utilize visual storytelling to address issues of social justice, public space, environmental stewardship, and gender / sexuality. She loves using her background in collaborative anthropology to connect organizations, policy makers, artists and teachers in jointly amplifying youth voice.
I am interested in influence, both how people experience and shape place and how place shapes people.
I create visual artwork that is rooted in curiosity and photography, driven by research and often comprising multiple forms of storytelling, including: mapmaking, oral history collection, sound recordings, contextual writing, books, short films, archival records and collective voice. I craft images to be vessels, carrying more than the color palettes, lines and composition they present at the initial glance. They are visual invitations, encouraging the viewer to explore the hidden layers, to expand and learn more about the person, the landscape, the object, the ritual, the story.
I use my tools to engage with folks to co-create spaces and platforms to tell their stories. It is deeply humbling and grounding to work alongside community members to collaboratively share stories of culture, experience and history. Stories fundamentally create spaces of commonality and connection.
Place is inseparable from story. I pull profound inspiration from the awe of the natural world and the spirit and significance of place- ancient and modern. I use my tools to engage with this landscape and learn what it has bore silent witness to through time.
It also brings me exquisite joy to make pretty things.