Christine Elfman

The Photo Review Award Winner

Christine Elfman (b. 1981, Doylestown, PA; lives in Ithaca, NY) received a BFA in Painting from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and her MFA in Photography from California College of the Arts, Oakland. Recent solo exhibition venues include Ithaca College, NY; University of the Arts and Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, both Philadelphia; and PHOTOFAIRS and Gallery Wendi Norris, both San Francisco. Elfman makes photographs about and through fading. Her anthotype photographs are made by exposing paper coated with impermanent plant dyes to the sun for weeks until the image forms. These photographs cannot be fixed and continue to fade when viewed. Her interest in ephemerality has been influenced by her work with historic collections at the Berkeley Art Museum; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY and University of Rochester Rare Books Library, NY. She was an artist in residence at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation and received a Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship and San Francisco Artist Award. Her work has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Photograph Magazine, Der Greif, Humble Arts Foundation, SF Weekly and The Photo Review. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Art at Cornell University.