Fern Logan is a photographer and graphic artist. She began her career as a nature, landscape, and architectural photographer, but in 1983, Logan added the human figure into her repertoire and created the photodocumentary exhibition the “Artist Portrait Series.” Later, the series was published in book form as The Artist Portrait Series: Images of Contemporary African American Artists (2001) by Southern Illinois University Press. Always present in Logan's photographs is an aesthetic of beauty, drama, and mood. She states that capturing these elements in her work is a special challenge and views photography as a spiritual exercise: “I don’t take images, they are given to me.”
Logan’s photography has been shown and published regularly in this country and abroad. Her work has been exhibited twice at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and The Smithsonian, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Harlem State Office Building all have Logan's work in their permanent collections. Her digital montages, have been awarded the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship twice, once in 1998 and again in 2001. You can find her work published in several collections, including Committed to the Image, the exhibition catalog published by the Brooklyn Museum, Reflections in Black by Deborah Willis, and The Black Female Body by DeborahWillis and Carla Williams.
Logan completed her graduate work at the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently Professor Emerita of Cinema & Photography at Southern Illinois University.