American, born 1969. Studied photography at the Atlanta College of Art. Lives and works in New York.

A sequence has to sing. It’s not just something to decode and find the true meaning of. I have to feel its harmonies and disharmonies. It’s like a son.

— Roe Ethridge

Mr Roe Ethridge is a leading figure in conceptual photography today. In his photographs, he uses the real to suggest—or disrupt—the ideal. Through commercial images of fashion models, products, and advertisements, as well as intimate moments from his own daily life, he reveals the fine line between the generic and the personal, merging art-historical genres such as the still life or portrait with the increasingly pervasive image culture of the present. Ethridge has been commissioned by clients such as Calvin Klein, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton and his work has been shown extensively in the United States and internationally.  He has been included in the New Photography show at the MoMA, 2010 and short-listed for the Deutsche-Boerse Prize for Photography.  He was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2008, and had a major retrospective at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati in 2016.

Drawing upon the descriptive power of photography and the ease with which it can be accessed, duplicated, and recombined, the artist orchestrates visual fugues …The pictures acquire their meaning from the salient way in which they have been shuffled, sequenced, and laid out in nonlinear narrative structures. Combining and recombining already recontextualized images, Ethridge at once subverts the photographs’ original roles and renews their signifying possibilities.

— Museum of Modern Art, New York

As technically adept as a commercial photographer yet as thoughtful as a Conceptualist about photography’s role and meaning in the modern world, Ethridge believes the ubiquity of the photograph, the instantaneity of its transmission and reception in this age of increasing “ecstatic communication” is to be embraced rather than mourned. In his work there appears no cause and no ending, no discrimination between editorial and art, between document and construct, between technology and affect.



Chanel – Balenciaga – Louis Vuitton – Hermes – Céline – Proenza Schouler – Kenzo – Harry Winston



W Magazine – Vogue Italy – Dazed & Confused – Vogue Japan – Double Magazine – The Gentlewoman – i.D – Self Service – M le Monde


2015 “Cover” Art in America, May 2015

2015 Roe Ethridge Photographs Whitney Museum for Art in America May 2015

2014 Roe Ethridge: Sacrifice Your Body January 23, 2014


2014 « Sacrifice Your Body » Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

2014 « Sacrifice Your Body », Capitain Petzel, Berlin Germany

2013 Sacrifice Your Body, Capitain Petzel, Berlin, Germany; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

2013 Roe Ethridge, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

2013 A Moveable Feast – Part 1, Campoli Presti, Paris, France

2013 The Money, Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY

2012 Studio Street, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

2012 Interiors, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2012 Roe Ethridge, curated by Anne Pontégnie, Dijon, France, tour: Museum Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

2012 Roe Ethridge – Selected Works, Charles Riva Collection, Brussels, Belgium

2011 Le Luxe II, Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Le Luxe, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

2011 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, exhibition and nomination, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, England

2011 Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Les Recontres d’Arles, Garage, Moscow Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles

2010 Greengrassi, London, England; Les Recontres d’Arles, Arles France

2009 Sunset Studio, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium Farewell Horse, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2008 Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY Roe Ethridge, Sutton Lane, Paris, France

2007 Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland; Medium, St. Barthélemy Greengrasssi, London England

2006 Apple and Cigarettes, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

2005 County Line Plus Town and Country, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY; County Line, Green Grassi Gallery, London

2004 Art Basel Statement, Art Basel 34, Switzerland; Roe Ethridge, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

2003 Roe Ethridge, Greengrassi Gallery, London

2002 The Bow, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY

2000 Young Pines, Model Portraits, UPS Drivers, Ambulance Accident, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY; Robert Pearre Gallery, Tucson AZ

1999 Floral Arrangements & Neutral Territory, Galerie Oliver Schweden, Munich, Germany; Neutral Territory, Vankin Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA; Neutral Territory, Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY

1998 Hidden Branches, Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, NY

1997 Floral Arrangements, Scalo Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland


« The Body Issue », Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2014

« Out of Memory », Marianne Boesky, New York 2013

2013 Emerge Selections 2013, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

2013 Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France

2012 Real to Real: Photographs from the Traina Collection, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

2012 The Ceremony and The Spirit, Roe Ethridge and Zin Taylor, La Loge, Brussels, Belgium

2012 Skyscrapers: Art and Architecture Against Gravity, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2012 More American Photographs, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver CO

2011 The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO

2011 Les Recontres d’Arles Photography Show and Prize, tour: Arles, France; Garage, Moscow, Russia

2011 CLAP, Hessel Museum of Art, Hudson, NY

2010 Museum of Modern Art, New York

2008 Whitney Biennial, New York, NY

2007 Artist in and Out of Colonge, Henry Art Gallery, Faye G. Allen Center for the Visual Arts, Seattle, WA (with Gareth James)

2005 Momentum 4 : Roe Ethridge, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston