Lynn Bierbaum is an Alternative Photographer and Glass artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated with a BFA in Photography from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in December of 2017 and has moved across the country working at different glass studios such as The Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York and Circle 6 Studios in Phoenix, Arizona.
She started doing wet plate collodion in 2016 and glassblowing shortly thereafter. While at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls she became inspired to continue learning more about historic photographic processes, so Lynn took a wet plate collodion class taught by Dan Estabrook at Penland School of Crafts in the summer of 2018 and returned again as a studio assistant for Jill Enfield in the spring of 2019.
These opportunities allowed her to refine and continue printing on her blown glass forms. Lynn’s work strives to find a balance between two and three-dimensional planes. She blows the glass vessels to create an extension beyond the photograph that is just as important as the image itself.
"Is a self-portrait a mere reflection of your own physical self? Or should it represent who you are as a person both internally, and externally. Throughout my life, I have been fascinated with what makes me who I am. I consider the places I come from, and the people I hold near and dear to me. But with time I have learned that what makes me who I am is a combination of all those things. It is the places that allow me to meet the people and create the memories that drive me to be who I am today, the process of finding myself is similar to finding just the right ratio with my chemistry, in alternative processes photography. I get confused, make mistakes, and try again until I find the combination to create just the right print. Just like with memories, alternative prints last forever, as long as they are taken care of and stored in a safe place, they can never be destroyed."