Catherine Erb



Catherine Erb is a self-taught fine-art photographer from Memphis.  She began her fascination with photography in the late 80’s when she had unlimited access to a camera and darkroom while attending boarding school.  After High School, Catherine moved to Europe where she worked with photographers for several years before returning to Memphis to start a family. Catherine began using her camera as a way to visually journal.  In 2003 she discovered the digital darkroom and began creating her own pigment prints as well as exploring alternative ways to print her work.

Catherine’s work is inspired by relationships. She is fascinated by how we relate to one another and the world around us. In particular, our relationship to divinity, spirit, and the things we cannot see inform her work. Her series are explorations and studies searching for a glimpse of the invisible. She believes everything and everyone has a divine essence and seeks to capture that in her work.

“I spend the most time searching for glimpses of a things divine essence and being still and present enough to capture those moments. There is a little break in time that occurs after something comes into my viewfinder but before I have had a chance to react or form a judgment: there is clarity in that interval of time and I try to shoot and capture that moment. When I am successful, the result is not just an image, but a feeling and reminder that the magic always happens in the present.”



2018 “Thin Air,” Shain Gallery, Charlotte

2017 “Angst,” David Lusk Gallery, Memphis

2017 “Thin Air,” David Lusk Gallery, Nashville

2016 “Tennessee to Texas” Stephen Clark Gallery

2016 “Thin Air”, David Lusk Gallery, Memphis

2014 “Year at the Gardens”, Crosstown Gallery, Memphis

2013 “Survey of works”, Gallery 363, Memphis




2018 “RiverArtsFest Invitational Exhibit,” Memphis

“Vestige,” David Lusk Gallery, Nashville

“Daily Art,” David Lusk Gallery, Memphis

2017 “Small Works,” George Gallery, Charleston

2017 “Price is Right,” David Lusk Gallery, Memphis

2016 “Price is Right,” David Lusk Gallery, Memphis and Nashville

2016 “Catherine Erb, Courtney Garrett, Jack Spencer”, David Lusk Gallery, Nashville

2016 “Broad Spaces”, George Gallery, Charleston

2015 “Memphis Bowery”, Open House Gallery, New York

2014 “Ineffable Elements”, Crosstown Arts, Memphis


2018 The New Southern | Artist Spotlight: Catherine Erb

2018 Nashville Scene, Joe Nolan, “Crawl Space: 2018”

2017 ArtStormer, Betsy Wills, “Mackerel Sky, Photography by Catherine Erb”

2017 Nashville Arts Magazine, Bob Doerschuk, “Catherine Erb, Artist Profile”

2017 Republican American, Tracey O’Shaughnessy, “Head in the Clouds”

2016 RSVP Magazine, Rachel Warren, “Catherine Erb: Looking to the Clouds”

2015 StyleBlueprint, Stacey Wiedower, “Catherine Erb: FACES of Memphis”