"I use a camera to look at the world of people, places, objects and ideas. I strive to offer images as portals of entry into realms where we resonate at our core."

 

I am an artist who traded her Carnegie Mellon University paintbrushes for a camera...and never looked back. The visual image is my real passion:  streetshooting,  documentary, editorial, events, portraiture, and exhibiting my fine art photography for over 35 years.

 

In Los Angeles, while working on photo assignments and as photo editor for a nationally published magazine and stock photo agency, I continued my own personal work exhibiting in solo and group shows.  I won Best of Show of the Los Angeles Advertising Photographers of America Personal Work Competition in 1994 and later was listed as one of the Top 100 Photographers in the worldwide 1996 Ernst Hass Awards.
 

In an early project near and dear to my heart, I received grant funding in 1978 from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Pennsylvania Public Committee to direct and photograph a book project "Pennsylvania Potato Farmer: Portrait of Change."  This was an opportunity to visually document through photographic essay the affects of a then changing, and now lost, way of American life in the Lehigh Valley.
 

My work has been published and acknowledge many times over for more than three decades.  A few highlights from past works:  In 2010 the Julia M. Cameron Awards world wide juried competition for women photographers honored me as a finalist.  I was the recipient of a grant in the 2009 Emerging Artists Grant (funded by the Durham Arts Council with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Dept. of Cultural Resources and the National Endowment of the Arts).  I received a 2005 First Place in Photography in the juried book series: Best of North Carolina Artists & Artisans.  The book “Our Beautiful Children”, published by international organization M.I.L.K. includes my work…as has the nationally distributed Sun Magazine, the “Dreams” issue of the esteemed black and white photography magazine SHOTS, and recently my short video film from the “Trapped Spirits: (What) Lies Within” series was featured on NYC based DitnerFIneArt.com -Project Room #55.
 

I grew up in Allentown, PA and received a BFA in Painting & Design from Carnegie Mellon University.  I have lived in New York, San Francisco, North Carolina, traveled in Europe and spend time in India. I returned once again to reside and continue to photograph in Los Angeles in 2013.

© 2018 by Ellen Giamportone

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