Mimi Plumb was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has taught photography at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI), San Jose State University, Stanford University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently based in Berkeley, California.
Plumb has explored subjects ranging from her suburban roots, to the United Farm Workers movement in the fields as they organized for union elections. Her book, Landfall, published by TBW Books in 2018, is a collection of her images from the 1980’s, a dreamlike vision of American dystopia encapsulating the anxieties of a world spinning out of balance.
Plumb received her MFA in photography from SFAI in 1986. Her photographs are in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pier 24, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. She is a 2017 recipient of the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, and has received grants and fellowships from the California Humanities, the California Arts Council, the James D. Phelan Art Award in Photography, and the Marin Arts Council.