Cate Colvin Sampson is a historic process and documentary photographer based in New Orleans, Louisiana, working to record the cultural nuances of communities steeped in the history of place. Sampson, whose own family has a long history tied to the land and resources of Louisiana, creates these documents in response to her interest in the contemporary practices of homesteading and subsistence living. Traveling primarily by boat to isolated, water-locked communities far from the protection of the levee system, Sampson is able to record individuals practicing subsistence lifestyles through the use of medium- and large-format cameras and handmade gelatin bromide glass plates—a process that dominated the medium at the start of the twentieth century.
In May 2014 Sampson co-curated the Louisiana Culture Exhibition, an international photography installation representing contemporary views of southern culture, in Moscow, Russia, at the Multimedia Art Museum - Moscow House of Photography.
Sampson is currently the 2015 grant recipient of the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography, issued by the New Orleans Photo Alliance.