Liza Hennessey Botkin

Liza Hennessey Botkin (Studio City, CA) was born and raised in New York City, but began her photographic career in Los Angeles in the 1970s working for photographers Michael Childers and Lou Stoumen. Botkin is a street photographer, wandering the streets of Los Angeles, spending much of her time in malls where, for many years, she has been documenting the preoccupation many people have with shopping. Botkin has never studied the art of photography in an academic setting, but is deeply influenced and defined by the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, searching for what he called “the decisive moment.”