Christine Baczek has lived and studied in Utah, Chile, Italy, Chicago, Santa Fe, and China. She has worked broadly with the artistic community of Utah as an artist, the Collection Photographer for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Exhibitions Director for the Kimball Art Center, and a writer for 15 Bytes. Her work uses her surroundings and daily life as points of departure for her imagery. Her research and practice focus on analog and alternative photographic processes like cyanotype, platinum/palladium, chromoskedasic sabatier, film, etc. She uses this expertise in historical photographic processes to record the intangible and manipulate light in a real sense. She has exhibited widely, including the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Nox Contemporary, Finch Lane, Granary Art Center, Panopticon Gallery, Kimball Art Center and PhotoBistro. She has received a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Scholarship, a Utah Arts Council Traveling Grant, and an artist-in-residency at the Rio Mesa Center. Her work is in the collections of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Salt Lake County Collection, and important private entities in Utah.
In 2018, she and her partner, David Hyams, opened Luminaria—an alternative photography studio in Salt Lake City that specializes in historical photographic processes and offers workshops, a tintype portrait studio, and custom printing. The tintype portrait studio takes you back to 1850 when metal or glass plates were coated with light-sensitive chemicals on-site and loaded into a large box camera to create a one-of-a-kind image. Their specialty is bridging digital image capture with analog printing through calibrated digital negatives to offer custom printing to a wide range of industry, professional, and individual clientele. The studio is one of only a handful of places in the country utilizing these techniques and it is right here in SLC.