Before pursuing a career in photography, Janet L. Pritchard worked as an outdoor education instructor and spent her youth traveling between the Northeast and Rocky Mountain West. She describes herself as geographically bilingual. Pritchard photographs place with a special interest in the intersection of nature and culture. In her current project More than a River: the Connecticut River Watershed, she photographs the Connecticut River landscape as a complex set of interconnected systems where present bumps up against past in telling ways. Her earlier work More than Scenery: Yellowstone, an American Love Story views the world's first national park through the lenses of nature, culture, and history.
She has received a number of honors and awards: John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; Connecticut Office of the Arts Artist Fellowship; National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, Newberry Library; The American Antiquarian Society's Jay and Deborah Last Fellowship; Artist-in-Residence fellowships at Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Millay Foundation, Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, and the Vindolanda Trust; and UConn Research Excellence Program awards, School of Fine Arts Research Grants, and Humanities Institute Fellowship. Her exhibition venues include Philadelphia Museum of Art; RISD Museum; Fruitlands Museum; New Bedford Art Museum; American Center, New Delhi; International Center for Photography; Martha Schneider Gallery; Photographic Resource Center, Boston; Fraction Magazine; FlakPhoto; Lenscratch; and the National Trust for Historic Preservation traveling exhibition America's Uncommon Places.