Lena Herzog is a Russian American photographer.

Born and raised in Russia’s Urals, Lena Herzog studied languages and literature at St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) University, before emigrating to the United States in 1990 where she studied philosophy. In 1997, she began taking pictures and working in various visual media, primarily, in photography and printmaking and has since authored several photography books, including TauromaquiaFlamencoPilgrims, Lost Souls, Strandbeests, The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen. Her work has been reviewed by and published in The New York TimesHarper’s MagazineThe New YorkerThe Paris Review, The Beiliever, Cabinet, and Vanity Fair, among others, and exhibited in Europe and the United States. She is a regular contributing artist to Harper’s Magazine. Herzog's immersive video and audio installation Last Whispers, Oratorio for Vanished Voices, Collapsing Universes and a Falling Tree premiered at The British Museum in 2016 and begins its world wide tour in 2019.

 Lena Herzog is an America citizen, naturalized in 1999.


1970 Born in Ekaterinburg (fmr. Sverdlovsk), Ural Region (Western border of Siberia), Russia

Academic History and Interests

1987 - 1988 proof reader, Gorky Printing Press, Saint Petersburg, Russia

1988 - 1990 English Language & Literature (not completed): student, Department of Philology at the University of Saint Petersburg, Russia

1993 - 1994 Archaeology: research fellow (honorarium), Department of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, USA / project thesis: Armageddon as a Retroactive Prophecy

1994 - 1996 Philosophy and History of Science (B.A.): student, Department of Philosophy, Mills College, USA / thesis: Order & Chaos in Scientific Revolutions


Russian (native), English, Spanish, French


1997 - now (self-taught)

Training in print work

Apprenticed to Ivan Dalla Tana, Milan, and Marc Valesella in early and alternative printing processes (gum, platinum, pyro, ‘gold’ printing).


Lena Herzog “STRANDBEEST: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen” with essay and interview by Lawrence Weschler, published by TASCHEN, 2015 ISBN-10: 3836548496

Lena Herzog “LOST SOULS” with essays by Luc Sante and Graham Burnett, New York, published by de.MO & International Center of Photography, New York, 2010 ISBN 978-0-9825-9080-5

Lena Herzog “FLAMENCO: Dance Class” with essays by Ignacio de Cossio (translated from Spanish by Gregory Rabassa), published by Periplus Publishing London, 2003 ISBN (in English): 11-902699-44-0 ISBN (in Spanish): 1-84567-144-5 (2003)

Lena Herzog “TAUROMAQIA: the Art of Bullfighting” with essays by Ignacio de Cossio and Juvenal Acosta (translated from Spanish by Gregory Rabassa) published by Periplus Publishing London, 2002 ISBN (in English): 1-902699-23-8 ISBN (in Spanish): 1-902699-24-6 (2002)

Lena Herzog “PILGRIMS: Becoming the Path Itself” with essay by Werner Herzog, published by Periplus Publishing London, 2002 ISBN (in English): 1-902699-43-2 (2002)

Shows (selected)

SPAIN (solo)

January 2021, Los Angeles, CA
Leica Gallery

LAST WHISPERS (solo) list of 2019 tour dates and venues:

25-29th of January 2019, Park City, Utah
VR (7 min) premiere and the official selection at the New Frontiers program
Sundance Film Festival

24th of February, 2019, Washington DC
Immersive Oratorio (video & audio installation) / event (46 min) & VR (7 min)
Terrace Theater (Millennium Stage Program), The Kennedy Center, co-presented by The Smithsonian, Washington DC

8-17 March 2019
Austin, TX
VR (7 min) official selection and in competition at South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival,
Virtual Cinema Program, Virtual Cinema Competition

8-12 April 2019
WSIS Forum 2019, Geneva, Switzerland
VR (7 min) official selection and special presentation at the World VR Forum

14th of June, 2019, Los Angeles, CA
Immersive Oratorio (video & audio installation) / event (46 min) and Conversation with Paul Holdengräber and a panel
Ford Theater, Los Angeles, CA, co-presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and by the Natural History Museum (NHM)

15th of June, 2019,  Los Angeles, CA
VR (7 min) and conversation with Michael Govan at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

October—December 2019, Rochester, NY
Immersive Oratorio (video & audio installation) / event (46 min)
George Eastman Museum

October 2019, Montclair, NJ
Immersive Oratorio (video & audio installation) / event (46 min)
PEAK Performances at Alexander Kasser Theater

21st of November, 2019, Paris, France
Immersive Oratorio (video & audio installation) / event (46 min)
Theatre du Châtelet in Paris, featured / presented by Le Festival d’Automne in collaboration with UNESCO and Radio France

other venues are pending


The British Museum, London UK October 2016 

The Museum of Five Continents, Munich, Germany, November 2016

STRANDBEEST (two artist show)

Art Basel Miami, 2015

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA, September 1st—November 15th, 2015

The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, February 1st—May 15th, 2016 The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA June 1st—August 15th, 2016


Polsky Gallery, Chicago, IL, September 5th—October 7th, 2014


Polsky Gallery, Chicago, IL, October 25th—December 1st, 2012— March 2013

AMERICA: A REVERIE (two artist show)

CUNY Center for Journalism, Exhibition Hall, New York, NY, October 1st—November 7th, 2012


Fahey / Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, January—March 2012

TWO YEARS AFTER (two artist show)

 Track 16, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA, November, 2010


The International Center of Photography, New York, NY, May 15th – September 10th, 2010


Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) October 2nd to December 31st, 2003


Pasadena Museum of California Art, November 14th - 23rd, 2003


The Foyles Gallery

November 3rd - November 28th, 2002


Museum of Carruajes, Seville, Spain April - May 2002


Multimedia show / large scale projections during a dance performance

Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts, November 6th - 8th, 2001


Focus Gallery, San Francisco, CA USA, December 2000


Focus Gallery, San Francisco, CA USA, November 1998 

Publications, essays and portfolios (selected):

(The New Yorker, The Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, The New York Times, The London Times, The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Vanity Fair, Cabinet Magazine, Variety, Cosmos and other editorials).

Selected portfolios:

“Sedi Vacanti, at the Vatican. by Lena Herzog, ” Harper’s Magazine / portfolio (2013)

“Portraits of Super-Fandom, by Lena Herzog,” Vanity Fair / portfolio (2012)

“The Long Draw,” Harper’s Magazine / portfolio (2012)

“The March of the Strandebeests,” by Ian Frazier, The New Yorker magazine / portfolio (2011)

Lena Herzog’s portfolio of the Strandbeests, The New Yorker: PHOTO BOOTH / portfolio (2011)

Interview with Lawrence Weschler, The Believer magazine / (also, portfolio)

(2011) “Incompatible With Life” The Paris Review Issue 188 / portfolio (2009)“Rhapsody in Death” Cabinet Magazine issue 36 / portfolio (2009)“Airship” The Paris Review issue 184 / portfolio (2008)

“Garden of Rocks” Harper’s Magazine / portfolio (May 2008)“The Light Stuff” The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine / portfolio & cover (2004) “Lena Herzog on Spain” British Journal of Photography / portfolio (2003)