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Kate Jordahl

Kate Jordahl, MFA

Photography Instructor

Fine Arts and Communication Division

(650) 949-7318



Foothill campus
Office: 6005
Office Hours:
(The best way to contact Kate is through her e-mail at


Photography, Online Learning, Student Success


Kate Jordahl is photographer and a professor of photography at Foothill College, California, USA. She is also a co-director at PhotoCentral, Hayward, California. Her photographs are in numerous collections including the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; University of Texas at Dallas and the Yosemite Museum. She has led photography workshops in France, Italy, China, Japan and the United States and has been an artist-in-residence in Yosemite National Park and in the Polar Arts Program in Greenland.

She was editor for Searching for True North with Modernbook Editions, Native American Ceremonial Dancers and The Village: Bill Owens – Jamaica as well as the one poem books published with Dreaming Mind Studio. Awards include a Gold Medal/Best of Show in the PubWest Book Design Awards, a Silver Medal in Prix de Paris and in the Independent Publishers Book Awards for Searching for True North and a Silver Award Photography and a Bronze Award Art in the PubWest Book Design Awards for Native American Ceremonial Dancers. Her most recent projects include “Altamont to America: Bill Owens and the Legacy of Suburbia,” and “Culture in Transitions: Photographs by Oliver Klink." Her websites are and

Personal Quote:

I try to live what I consider a "poetic existence." That means I take responsibility for the air I breathe and the space I take up. I try to be immediate, to be totally present for all my work.
- Maya Angelou.

Last update: 2020-03-12
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