About Julie O'Connor

Julie O'Connor is a fine art photographer and photojournalist who has traveled the world in search of powerful and poetic images for more than 35 years.  She studied photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with master photographer Kenneth Josephson, and at the New School for Social Research in New York with the legendary Lisette Model.

Julie O’Connor’s work has been exhibited and is now in the permanent collection of The Chicago Art Institute, as well as a variety of private collections. Her 1982 exhibition, “Far From Home” at Manhattan’s Basement Workshop, detailed the drama of the Asian refugee resettlement experience in the U.S.

After visiting Tibet in 2002, she created a series of fine art images, posters, note cards and post cards based on her experiences there.  These are available for sale here.

During the summer of 2006, the local newspaper, The Weston Forum, published a 9-part series on the doors of Weston, CT, utilizing Julie’s photographs. The newspaper went on to win a New England Press Association (NEPA) award for community involvement for this innovative series.  In 2008, Julie went on to publish Doors of Weston, a book based on these photographs. The book, which is available on this site, has raised over $20,000.00 for the Weston Historical Society (WHS).

Julie’s photographs of Stockholm, Sweden were featured in the book The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of Our Time. In 2011, this book was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America “Edgar” award in the critical/biographical category.

Julie has been a “Gallery Master” at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, VT where she has been juried into six shows over three years and won several awards.  She was named an “Artist to Watch” by Hilary Lewis, director of Philip Johnson's Glass House in 2018.  Julie is currently working on the Weston Voices Oral History Project with the WHS, and is a member of the Artists Collective of Westport, the Connecticut Women Artists, and Associate Member of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts.

Her photojournalism has appeared in Time, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Travel & Leisure, People, The Christian Science Monitor, Weston Magazine Group, UNICEF calendars, and many other distinguished publications. Julie has curated a number of corporate art collections and local shows of art and photography in CT.