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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.
Further information on the works of Elizabeth Siegfried is available
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 complete August 30, 2014
Update COMPLETE: April 22, 2015, book (signed to Women in Photography
Update Biography Final, February 2016 - WIPI group library submission
Clive Waring, Editor/Silvershotz
Interactive Magazine of International Contemporary Photography - winning
final online exhibition before transfer to the Beinecke