Elizabeth Siegfried, born in Baltimore Maryland, has lived and worked in Canada for nearly thirty years. Her 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 her in the art of platinum/palladium printing. Siegfried graduated from Maine Media College with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in May 2019. She presently works with digital capture and explores the expression of color but has not lost her love of historical processes and analogue photography. Siegfried spends half the year in Canada and half the year in Sarasota, Florida.
Siegfried has exhibited her images in Canada, the US, Italy, Germany, Japan and Mexico. She 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.
Her first book entitled LifeLines was published in 2000 and includes a literary introduction by the National Book Award Winner Andrea Barrett. Siegfried’s photographs have been reproduced and discussed in such publications as Black & White Magazine, Cottage Life, Shadow and Light Magazine and SHOTS magazine. In 2008, she was one of the featured photographers on Behind The Camera, a television production aired on Bravo! and Discovery HD and in 2016, The Canadian Broadcasting Company launched CIRCUS! a video on Siegfried and the cross-generational collaboration with her grandmother.
Siegfried’s work is represented in 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 Photography Institute, part of the National Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario; and the Peter E. Palmquest Women in Photography International Archive held at the Beinicke 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.
Additional information is available at www.elizabethsiegfried.com