Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia–Herzegovina, Svjetlana Tepavcevic lived through the early 1990s war in her country. She has resided in the United States for the past 20 years. She holds a B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles and an M.A. from University of Pennsylvania.

Contemplative, interpretive, and uniquely expressed, Tepavcevic's work explores her surroundings through detailed and long-term observation, centering on how she relates to and experiences her subjects.

A three-time finalist for Photolucida's Critical Mass Award, her work was exhibited at photo-eye Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and the Griffin Museum for Photography in Winchester, MA. Communication Arts Photography Annual, The New Yorker, New Scientist, Wired and PDN have all featured her photographs. Her prints are in the collections of corporate institutions, private collectors and museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the High Museum of Arts in Atlanta and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
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2014 Photolucida – Critical Mass Finalist
2014 Palm Springs Photography Festival, Slideshow Contest Finalist
2013 Grant from Atlanta Photography Group for acquisition of prints for the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta
2013 Communication Arts Photography Annual, winner in editorial
2012 Photolucida – Critical Mass Finalist
2011 PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention
2011 Black and White Spider Awards, 2 nominations
2011 Palm Springs Photo Festival Slideshow Contest, Finalist
2010 Photolucida – Critical Mass Finalist
2010 Black and White Spider Awards, Nomination
2010 International Photography Awards, 3rd place
2009 Julia Dean Photo Gallery, Alternative Photography Contest, Julia Dean Photo Gallery
2009 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention
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Solo Exhibitions

2013 Means of Reproduction, photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2011 The Sea Inside (Portraits of Waves), Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
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Group Exhibitions

2021 Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
2014 34th Art Auction & Exhibition, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
2014 Currents 2014, Ogden Museum, New Orleans, LA
2013 Photo Auction 2013, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
2012 Portfolio Show, Curated by Paul Martineau, Atlanta Photography Group Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2012 Water's Edge, Wallspace Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
2011 Smashbox Group Show, Month of Photography Los Angeles, Smashbox, Culver City, CA
2011 Pro’ject LA: Pacific Resonance, Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), Space 1520, Hollywood, CA
2010 Portfolio Show, Juried by Anthony Bannon, Atlanta Photography Group, Atlanta, GA
2010 Summer Mix: Images by Members of LACMA’s Photographic Arts Council, CPW Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 It’s Your Show: Design Communication Arts /Visual Arts, UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Elements of Water, Juried by John Paul Caponigro, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
2009 XI Krappy Kamera Competition, Juried by Brian Paul Clamp, Soho Photo Gallery, Venice, New York, NY
2009 It’s Your Show: Design Communication Arts /Visual Arts, UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Alternative Photography Contest, Juried by Aline Smithson and Ken Merfeld, Julia Dean Photo Gallery, Venice, CA
2008 29th Annual Photography Show, SMC Photography Gallery & La Foto Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The High Museum of Art Atlanta, Atlanta
The Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas, Austin
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Means of Reproduction – Exhibition Catalogue 2013. Svjetlana Tepavcevic. Self-published, 2013 (photo-eye Cat# ZF472S)
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2002 University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, M.A.
1999 University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), B.A.

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