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Elizabeth Siegfried, born in Baltimore Maryland, has lived and worked
in Canada for over twenty-five years. Siegfried’s university
studies were in English but upon graduation she followed her passion
for photography and participated in a six-month residency program
at The Maine Photographic Workshops (MPW) in Rockport, Maine. Over
the following fifteen years, Siegfried returned to MPW five times
including a month as artist in residence with an emphasis on platinum
printing. In 1992 Siegfried was an artist in residence at the Banff
Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta and in 1997 and 2010, Sal
Lopes, the celebrated master platinum printer, mentored Siegfried.
Most recently in 2013, Elizabeth studied Wet Plate Collodion with
France Scully Osterman, one of the world’s leading experts
in the technique.
Known for her work in portraiture of self and others, meditative
landscapes and photographic narrative, Siegfried has exhibited her
images in Canada, the US, Italy, Germany, Japan and Mexico. In recent
years, she has expanded her mode of presentation of platinum prints
to include archival digital prints and wet plate collodion.
Siegfried taught platinum printing workshops for eleven years at
Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto and later
ran platinum workshops out of her studio and Ryerson Polytechnic
University during CONTACT, Toronto’s annual photography festival.
She has been a judge for the Photography/Multi-Media Computer Generated
(Purchase) Awards for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and on
the jury for The Ontario Arts Council Project Grant.
Siegfried’s photographs have been reproduced and discussed
in such publications as SHOTS magazine, Schwarzweiss, La Fotografia
Actual, Camera Arts, Photo Life Magazine, ARTNews, Photo Educator
Magazine and The Women’s Daybook. In 2008, she was one of
the featured photographers on Behind The Camera, a television production
aired on Bravo! and Discovery HD.
Selected awards include two exhibition assistance grants from the
Ontario Arts Council and an artist in residence grant from the Banff
Centre for the Arts. In the Women in Photography International (WIPI)
Turning Silver 25th Anniversary Competition in 2006, Siegfried won
both the Winning 100 and Honorable Mention Awards. In 2010 Siegfried
won an Honorable Mention in WIPI’s A Decade of Images.
Her first book entitled LifeLines was published in 2000 and includes
a literary introduction by the National Book Award Winner Andrea
Siegfried’s work is represented in many private and public
collections, including the Aaron Copland House in Cortlandt Manor,
New York; Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan; Alliance
Française de Toronto Collection, Toronto, Ontario; the Canadian
Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa; and the Peter E. Palmquest
Women in Photography International Archive held at the Beinecke
Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, New Haven,
Connecticut. Siegfried also has her work in the Elizabeth A. Sackler
Center for Feminist Art's Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum
in Brooklyn, New York.
UPDATE - JULY 2015 - MARCH 2016
Siegfried will be starting the MFA program in Photography at Maine
Media College in Rockport, Maine in May 2016. She has also created
a greeting card company called Cards Without Words that features
1920-1940 vintage images from 16mm family films shot by her great-grandmother.
The website is www.cardswithoutwords.com. Some of the card images
in Cards Without Words that have been particularly popular are Birthday
Party in the Vintage Whimsy Collection, Clown Car in the Ringling
Circus - Color Collection and Pals from the Up North Collection.
The image Fading Light (in the WIPI gallery) from Siegfried’s
series called Carolyn has been getting attention in 2014- 2015 into
2016. It was featured in Photo Review’s Women’s Lives
online exhibition and won a Bronze award in PX3 prix de la photographie
Paris. The image is one of over forty portraits of her mother captured
during the last three years of her life. The completed body of work
is now ready for exhibition.
UPDATE - MARCH 2016
- APRIL 2017
New exhibition called CIRCUS!
November, 2016, cross-generational collaboration, shown at Edson
Keith Mansion, Phillippi Estate Park, Sarasota, Florida
Upcoming exhibition July 2018, Algonquin Partners Hall, Huntsville,
Canadian Broadcasting Company
Arts · January 19 Video
How this photographer turned her grandmother's 1940s circus films
into a multigenerational project
Photographer Elizabeth Siegfried discovered her grandmother's unusual
story in a cabin in the woods.
(or use Tiny URL link: http://tinyurl.com/kevnco3
CIRCUS! incorporates vintage images/film frames of the Ringling
Circus that Elizabeth Siegfried “re-shot” from 16mm
films that her grandmother took in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Siegfried’s
grandmother (1882-1952) was an avid amateur photographer who, living
in Rochester NY in the Kodak “heyday,” was fortunate
to have firsthand access to the cutting-edge technology of still
and moving photography.
After discovering ninety-two reels of films at her summer home in
Canada and after transferring the film to video, Siegfried meticulously
went through each frame with film editing software, capturing still
images that she felt that she would have taken had she been in the
same circus “back lot” as her grandmother had been.
Siegfried’s photographic sensibility is remarkably similar
to that of her grandmother. Siegfried refers to her CIRCUS! project
as a cross-generational collaboration.
Women In Photography International Charter Member
Dwight, Ontario CANADA
for all images remains the property of exhibited photographer, and
promotional use for Women In Photography International. All inquiries
regarding use of and purchasing image use rights must be directed
to the photographer.
File GALLERY complete August 30, 2014
Update COMPLETE: April 22, 2015, book (signed to Women in Photography
UPDATE - JULY 2015
- APRIL 2016
UPDATE - APRIL 2015
- APRIL 2017
website 1999-2017 womeninphotography.org file transfer
to the Beinecke.
All organization files, computer, external hard drive, printed materials,
photographs, DVDs, books, competitions files and onsite installation
Clive Waring, Editor/Silvershotz
Interactive Magazine of International Contemporary Photography - winning
final online exhibition before transfer to the Beinecke