JoAnn Verburg is an American photographer. Verburg is married to poet Jim Moore, who is frequently portrayed as reading the newspaper or napping in her photographs. She lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota and Spoleto, Italy.
JoAnn Verburg was born in 1950 in Summit, New Jersey. She studied at Ohio Wesleyan University, earning her B.A. in sociology in 1972. While she was studying sociology at Wesleyan University in Ohio, she realized as she was looking at Edward Weston’s Daybooks and Robert Frank’s photo book The Americans that photography can also be art. She worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the innovative Urban Outreach department which encouraged the awareness of art from 1972 to 1974. She earned her M.A. in photography from the Rochester Institute of Photography in 1976. She studied photography with a sculptor while working with multiple artists and developing a thesis that addressed issues of time in photography. Between 1978 and 1981, Verburg led an Artist Support Program at Polaroid Corporation where she invited painters and photographers to experiment with the large format 20 x 24 and 40 x 80 cameras. In 1981 her career pivoted to teaching, when she accepted a visiting artist position at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Since then she has also taught at Yale University.