Born in Washington, DC in 1942, Patricia Lay-Dorsey brings her training as a social worker (MSW, Smith College School for Social Work, 1966) and over three decades as a visual artist to her work as a photographer. Her photographic practice focuses on seeing herself and others from an insider’s point of view.

Patricia’s self portrait project, Falling Into Place, took 1st prize in the Emotion category of the 2013 Photo Annual Awards in Prague and is on exhibit at the Final Wall Gallery Exhibition May 25 through August 2013 in Teplic, Czech Republic. In 2010 this project was awarded 3rd prize in the FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project.

Falling Into Place has been featured in print in Newsweek Japan and New Mobility magazines, and online on the New York Times Lens blog, Visura Magazine, Burn Magazine, PDN Photo of the Day, Fototazo, Lenscratch and in Catherine Edelman’s The Chicago Project. An image from this project was included in the 2011 Beauty CULTure exhibit at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, and appeared in Lauren Greenfield’s “Beauty CULTure” documentary film. Patricia was a finalist in Photolucida’s Critical Mass 2012, and is included in the Art Photo Index (API) by invitation from Rixon Reed of Photo-Eye.

Fotofest Biennial 2012 Meeting Place portfolio reviews led to Patricia having solo exhibits of Falling Into Place at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA (January 17-March 3, 2013), and at Fovea Exhibitions in Beacon, NY (April 13-July 7, 2013). Falling Into Place, the book, is being published by Ffotogallery in Cardiff, Wales. The book is scheduled to be released in autumn 2013 and will be distributed worldwide.

Patricia’s photographs have been exhibited in print and/or slides in Detroit (including the solo exhibit, Active Elders at the Ellen Kayrod Gallery in March 2009), Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Washington, DC, Toronto, Beijing, Helsinki and the Czech Republic. In 2008, Patricia was the Detroit location scout for Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim‘s documentary film, “It Might Get Loud.” That same year her project, Dualities, was published as a Bonus Portfolio by LensWork. In 2011, the American-Journal featured Just Another Married Couple, Patricia’s intimate portrait of a same sex couple in post-Proposition 8 California. Her images have also appeared in F-Stop magazine, PhotoPlace Gallery’s Online Annex, Aljazeera, Huffington Post, Downbeat magazine, The Sun magazine, Detroit Metro Times, Michigan Citizen newspaper and Sweden’s Orkester Journalen.