Born in Chicago, Illinois, Betty Hahn has most recently lived and worked in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She studied at Indiana University, receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1966. Among her influences were Warhol and Rauschenberg.
Hahn was one of the first artists to successfully combine photography with other media, incorporating gun-bichromate, cyanotypes, Vandyke brown prints, lithography, hand painting, and embroidery on fabric into her work. Her work was featured in the thirty- year retrospective exhibition “Photography or Maybe Not”, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1995.
In 1998 Hahn created a four-color lithograph, “White Hat, White Horse, White Guy” (with collaborating printer, Catherine Chauvin) at the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hahn has taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology, recently retiring as Associate Professor of Photography from the University of New Mexico.