Kapulani Landgraf

Research: Nelly Bright



Born:   1966 in Pu’ahu’ola, Hawaii

Education: - 1984 : The Kamehameha Schools, Honolulu, Hawaii
                - 1986 : Windward Community College, Kane’ohe, AA Liberal Arts.

 - 1989 University of Hawaii at Manoa , BA  in Anthropology 

 -1995 Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont - M.F.A. in Visual Arts  


Residence; Kane’ohe, Hawaii

Media Technique:  black-and-white photography, collage and mixed-media 

                           Installations.  Silver emulsion prints.

Anne Kapulani Landgraf  bought her first camera at age 5. She was raised in a  family with traditional values and respect for things Hawaiian. Her stunning and powerful photographs of the Hawaiian landscape show respect for the Hawaiian culture, political awareness, history and  sensitivity to the natural world..

Anne Kapulani Landgraf became interested in photography while shooting images to the Kamehameha Schools Yearbook. 

She investigates the legacy of colonization and is guided by Hawaiian values, language,  belief systems and interweaves multidimensional meaning in her art.

She concentrates on responsible guardianship of the “aina.”.

She re-discovered and negotiated access  to sacred sites and this resulted in a series of black and white photography.

Landgraf’s collages pushes past the landscapes of her earlier photographs.These works are less subtle in their politicized statements.


Awards: 1999 -  En Foco New Works Photography Award.

   1996 -  State Foundation on Culture & Arts Fellowship,

   1995 -  Ka Palapala Pu’ukela Award

   1994 – Roy Levin – Jessica Lutz Award, Vermont College

   1991 – Image XVI “Kodak Eastman Award, Hawaii