Mimi Plumb was born in Berkeley, and raised in the suburbs of San Francisco. Plumb has served on the faculties of the San Francisco Art Institute, San Jose State University, Stanford University. She has also served at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives in Berkeley, California.
Since the 1970s, Plumb has explored subjects ranging from her suburban roots to the United Farm Workers movement in the fields. As they organized for union elections. TBW published her first book, Landfall, in 2018. It is a collection of her images from the 1980s, a dreamlike vision of American dystopia. Encapsulating the anxieties of a world spinning out of balance. Landfall was shortlisted for the Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation First Photobook Award 2019, and also the Lucie Photo Book Prize 2019. Then, her second book, The White Sky, was published by Stanley/Barker in September, 2020.
Plumb received her MFA in photography from SFAI in 1986. Her photographs are in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Pier 24, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as 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.