Fern Logan utilizes the photographic image as an artform. She reveals her photoart through portraiture and landscape imagery. Her work as a photographer, creating art throughout the United States, the Caribbean, India, Central and South America, reinforced this emphasis. In the past, Logan kept her subject matter restricted primarily to landscape scenes. Eventually she resolved to put the human figure into her repertoire and began work on her photodocumentary book entitled "The Artist Portrait Series," in which she photographed prominent black artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden. She began the series believing, philosophically, that art is an educational tool. It was the actualization of this desire "to document the careers of highly accomplished black visual artists,” that led to this work being awarded a grant from The New York State Council on the Arts. The series was eventually published 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. She views photography as a spiritual experience. Her favorite statement is: “I don’t take images, they are given to me.” Logan, who is Professor Emerita of Cinema & Photography at Southern Illinois University, completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago (1993). She has taught photography and graphic design at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Il, (1992- 1995) and Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. (1989-1992), has been exhibiting since the early '70s, when she emerged as a promising photographer from Paul Caponigro's Apeiron Workshop. In Millerton, NY, she has shown at The Smithsonian Institution, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Kenkeleba Gallery, among others. The Harlem State Office Building, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Bellevue Hospital Center, N.Y. City, have Logan's work in their permanent collections as does The Michigan Technological University. Logan has also shown in numerous state museums and galleries. Her work with digitally manipulated imagery was honored with two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships in 1998 and 2001. Ms Logan was included in the 2001 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Reflections In Black: Contemporary African American Photographers.