Karine LaRocque is a Montreal-based documentary and portrait photographer.


Karine LaRocque



Karine LaRocque, also often referred to as Kae Roc, is a Montreal-based documentary and portrait photographer.

Formerly the Editor-in-Chief of Naked Eye magazine, she has been immersed in popular culture since the late 1990s. LaRocque is known for capturing live music moments in richly hued photographs reminiscent of Italian Renaissance paintings. Citing Caravaggio as an inspiration, she manipulates light and composition to stop time, infusing her photographs with a serenity that hides the often chaotic and fast-paced environments in which they were taken. 

In addition to her music work, LaRocque is committed to photographing social issues around the world. With determination and sensitivity, she offers a rare insight into unfamiliar cultures and societies. LaRocque thrives to share stories and invites us to explore the world through her lens. LaRocque works globally on personal projects and assigned commissions, including a social documentary on Millennials and a series of photo essays related to youth. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally. 

Known for her energy and for her ability to create photographs that humanize situations and cultures, LaRocque hopes to bridge the gap between mainstream culture and social issues. She uses her voice in social media to tell important stories to new audiences, with the conviction that sharing knowledge is the key to a better future. 

LaRocque received her Bachelor of Business Administration from HEC Montreal and is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts with San Francisco’s Academy of Art University.


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Exhibitions —

Montreal, QC | Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival | “Kings & Queens” | September 21, 2016 | Group Exhibition

Brooklyn, NY | Photoville | “A Night With The New York Times” | September 23, 2016 | Group Exhibition, Tribute to Bill Cunningham

London, UK | The Greenwich Gallery | "Crowds" | March 20 - April 5, 2015| Group Exhibition

Los Angeles, CA | 1650 Gallery | “In Motion” | August 9 – September 10, 2014 | Group Exhibition

Portland, OR | Black Box Gallery | "Black and White: 2014" | September 1-20, 2014 | Group Exhibition

Budapest, Hungary | PH21 Gallery | “Stories” | September 2-22, 2014 | Group Exhibition

Hudson, NY | Davis Orton Gallery | "Nightlife" | September 5 - October 5, 2014 | Portfolio Showcase