Born in Germany and migrated to Australia in 1977.

Hauser lives and works in Sydney. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art at the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, Tasmania and graduated from the University of Sydney in 2005 with an MA in Studio Arts with Honours.

Karin Hauser’s carefully constructed photographs establish an approach to reality that opens a contemplative space, through which the world might be re-imagined in less ordinary ways. Her work aims to dissolve the relationship between the inner and the outer, between subject and object, and through which human vulnerability is given particular resonance.

Her work has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, at the Hamburger Kunstverein, Germany and the see|me exhibition space in NYC. She has received grants and fellowships from the Australia Council and Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board, including an Australia Council Studio Residency in Italy. She was a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Award (2007) and received Honorable Mention at the International Photography Awards (IPA) in 2013 and 2015. In 2017 her work was shown alongside the 57th Venice Biennale as part of the IV Biennal Project.


2005   Master of Studio Art with Honours, The University of Sydney (SCA), Sydney

1983   Bachelor of Fine Art, School of Art, University of Tasmania, Hobart



2017     Beneath The Canopy, gaffa Gallery, Sydney

1986     Karin Hauser: Photo Montage, Chameleon Contemporary Art Space, Hobart

1985     Karin Hauser: Photo Montage, Roar Studios, Melbourne

1984     Ascend-Decent, Galleria Cacina, Osmate, Italy



2019 Pollux Award, Gallery Valid Foto, Barcelona, Spain

2018 The Unexpected, N.Y.Photocurator (online) curated by Ellen Jantzen 

2017    Snap to grid, LACDA, Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art, US

             Greenway Art Competition, Sydney AUS

             Silence, gaffa Gallery, Sydney AUS

             The Biennal Project ArtVenice Biennale IV, Venice, IT  

2015    Nature, Scope Miami, Florida – see|me, Florida, USA

2013    The Story of the Creative, see|me exhibition Space, Long Island City, NYC, USA

2007    Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD, AUS

             Constructed Realms: Photography as Theatre, Albury Regional Art Gallery, AUS

2005    The Graduate Show, SCA Gallery, Sydney University, AUS

2003     Hutchins Art Prize, Long Gallery, Hobart 

2000     Blake Prize, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

1996     The Christmas Show, Crafts Council, Sydney        

1992     The Goddess Within, Chameleon Art Space, Hobart

1991     The January Stock Show, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart

1989     Art on the Boil, Piccolo Spiletto, Powerhouse Gallery, Melbourne

              The October Show, Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, Launceston

1988      Junge Fotografen, Hamburger Kunstverein, Germany

1986     Art in Working Life, Chameleon Contemporary Art Space, Hobart

1985     Three Tasmanian Photographers, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

              14th International Art Fair London, Richard de Marco Gallery, Scotland

              Künstlerkinder, Forum Kunst Rottweil, Rottweil, Germany

1984     150 years Art Competition, Long Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

1983     Not just a picture show, Long Gallery, Hobart



2018 Two Honorouble Mentions, Pollux Award, Category Fine Art

2018 Second Place, N.Y. Photocurator

2017    Finalist, Greenway Art Prize, Sydney AUS

2015    Honourable Mention, International Photography Awards (IPA), Category Fine Art

2013    Honourable Mention, International Photography Awards (IPA), Fine Art Collage 

2007    Finalist, Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Queensland

             Finalist, Constructed Realms: Photography as Theatre, Albury Regional Art Gallery, NSW

2003     Finalist, Hutchins Art Prize, Long Gallery, Hobart

2000     Finalist, Blake Prize, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney

1994     Arts based Industries Reserve Fund, Arts Tasmania

1993     Grants and Loans Program, Arts Tasmania

1992     Arts and Industry Grant, Arts Tasmania

1985     Art and Working Life Project, Arts Tasmania

1985     Grants to Artist Program, Australia Council

1983     Overseas studio residency, Besozzo Italy, Australia Council

              Overseas travel fellowship, Arts Advisory Board, Tasmania

              Interstate exhibition grant, Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board



National Photography Prize Albury, 2007, exh. cat

Gold Coast Photography Award, 2007, exh. cat.

The Hutchins Art Prize, 2003,

Giles Auty, Good Lord, Religion is everywhere, Sydney Morning Herald, 2000

Florence Creavin, The Goddess Within, exh. cat.,1992

Deborah St. Leger, Artist’s search for the goddess within reveals huge Pantheon, Hobart Mercury, 1992

Diane Dunbar, The October Show,, 1989

Deborah St. Leger, Karin Hauser: Photomontage, Art-Network, 1986

Heather Curnow, Three Tasmanian Photographers, Queen Victoria Museum, 1985, exh. cat.

Heinrich Maier, Entscheidung: Kuenstler werden, Schwäbischer Bote, Germany, 1984

Jonathan Holmes, Tasmanian Photographers, Photofile, 1983

Marion Hardman, Not a Picture Show, Island Magazine 1983

Paul William White, Revolution on the Devils Island, The Australian 1983



Devonport Art Gallery, Tasmania, Australia

Erich Hauser Trust, Germany

Private Collections in Australia, Germany, USA