Rachel began photography while completing her undergraduate degree at Skidmore College, graduating in 2005.  Her work has been shown widely, including recent solo shows at Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston and Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco. Work has been included in many group exhibitions, including shows at the Institute for Contemporary Art in San Jose, The Phoenix Art Museum, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, Dina Mitrani Gallery in Miami, PhotoEye in Santa Fe, and Panopticon Gallery in Boston. Rachel's work has appeared in publications including Photo District News, American Photo, Black & white UK Magazine, Diffusion Magazine and LensWork, as well as online in Design Observer, LensScratch, the Huffington Post, LightLeaked, and Don't Take Pictures. In 2010, her series Field Notes was included in Photolucida's Critical Mass Top 50. She was an Artist-in-Residence at RayKo Photo Center in summer 2014, culminating in a solo show.

Rachel lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in addition to art, she works from an 8x15 foot office built on a flatbed trailer teaching dyslexic and homeschooled children.




Ghost Light Theaters, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX


From Time to Time, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX


Paper and Silver, exhibition with John Hundt, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Vanishing Point, RayKo Artist in Residence Show, RayKo Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Field Notes, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX


Field Notes, Patty Look Lewis Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA




Present Objects, Euqinom Gallery, San Francisco

Out of the Dark, Cabrillo Gallery, Aptos, CA

In Memoriam, PennState


Unbound, Candela Books and Gallery, Richmond, VA


Handmade and Heartfelt, Kirkpatrick, DePaul & Phillips, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, FL

Subject to Change, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA

Photo LA, Gallery 1/1, Los Angeles, CA


Evidence: Seen and Unseen, Gallery 1/1, Seattle, WA

Diffusion Annual, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO


Wordplay, Panopticion Gallery

Photo Objects, Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM


InFocus Exhibition, Phoenix Musuem of Art, Phoenix, AZ

Made at RayKo, San Francisco, CA

Historic Process/Contemporary Visions, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, FL

Unbound2, Candela Gallery, Richmond, VA


Deck the Walls, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX

Made at RayKo, RayKo, San Francisco, CA

StoneCrop Gallery with Lindsey Beal and Heidi Kirkpatrick, Maine

ArtPad SF at the Phoenix Hotel, Modernbook Gallery

AIPAD NYC, John Cleary Gallery

Processes and Dreams, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA


Collect+Connect, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

ReGeneration, a.Muse Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Life Support Japan, online, Wallspace Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Fieldnotes, Matre Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Center for Photographic Art Juried Exhibition, Carmel, CA

Across the Divide: Critical Mass Top 50 (PCNW, Seattle, WA; Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR; RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA)


Holiday Show, Matre Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Art Miami, Modernbook Gallery, Miami, FL

Por(trait) Revealed, RayKo Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Affordable Art Fair, Modernbook Gallery, New York, NY

Annual Alumni Show, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Los Angeles Art Show, Modernbook Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Magic in the Mix, PhotoCentral, Hayward, CA

It's Still Life, RayKo Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Fieldwork, Coupa Cosas Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

A River, Gallery One, Nashville, TN


Photography Annual, Filoli Estate, Woodside, California


Spectrum 21: Stanford University, Modernbook Gallery, Palo Alto, CA


Artists' Books: A National Juried Exhibition, University of Nebraska



Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX

Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM



Divinations, Treadwell Press, 2015

FIXED by Rachel Phillips as Madge Cameron, Treadwell Press, 2014



Don’t Take Pictures, 2018

Harper’s Magazine, 2018

Miami New Times, 2016

InterArtive, article on Fixed, 2015

AIPAD blog, 2014

Don't Take Pictures, 2014

Light Leaked, 2013

Lenscratch, 2013

Huffington Post, 2013

Photo District News, July 2013

LensWork Extended, portfolio and audio interview with Brooks Jensen, 2013

Black and White Magazine UK, feature article by Susan Burnstine, December 2013

Diffusion Magazine, Volume III, 2011

COLOR Magazine Portfolio Issue 10, 2010

LensWork No. 85, Nov/Dec, 2009

Black & White Magazine Issue 60, 2008

American Photo On Campus 10th anniversary issue, March 2007



Gelatin-Transfer Printing Workshop, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA.  Taught workshops in gelatin-transfer printing in April and July, 2012

Critical Mass Top 50, Photolucida, Portland, Oregon, 2010.  Annual international review and contest whereby a jury of curators, critics, gallery owners and publishers select fifty fine art portfolios for award and exhibition from over five-hundred submissions.

University of Washington Photography Intensive, Whitely Center, San Juan Island, Washington, 2006-2008.  Annual weeklong master class sponsored by the University of Washington, taught by Huntington Witherill and Rod Dresser, juried by Maggi Weston.

Skidmore College, BA, Creative Writing & Visual Art, 2005

Senior project 'A Place of Mind;' an artists' book combining photographs and writing to map the rural and urban landscapes of California that shaped my family history and childhood through their economies, geographies, and stories.