Maria Lantz is a Swedish photographer and academic, born in 1962. Lantz studied at the International Center of Photography in New York from 1982-1983, and completed a degree in photography at Gothenburg University from 1983-1987. She also conducted studies in art- and architectural theory at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm where she also did a series of research projects on photography.
Since 2012, Lantz is vice-chancellor and professor at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, where she is acclaimed for her transformational impact on the university’s leadership, profile and teaching.
Previously, Lantz has held the post of senior lecturer and vice-rector at the Royal Institute of Art Stockholm, leading the Art+Architecture project, which offers continued professional development for architects, designers and artists as part of the MejanArc program.
Her artistic work cuts across photography, text and collaborative projects. She has exhibited in a variety of major international venues, from Umeå Bildmuseum,Sweden, to Bucharest Biennale, Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt and Prince of Wales Museum, Bombay. The main theme for her art and education is a continuous investigation on what can be found beyond the assumed, most often related to photography and mass-media.
Among others, Lantz has worked as photo editor for Motiv, a journal on contemporary photography, she is the editor of the book Dhavari: Documenting Informalities, and frequently composes reviews and critiques for the newspaper Dagens Nyheter and the Swedish Radio.