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ArtTalk – A Conversation with Jill Enfield
Old photographs often have a different quality to them, a personality that pop photographers often try to achieve with filters on their digital devices. Next up on ArtTalk we’ll talk with Jill Enfield about her work as an expert in alternative processes in photography, which are often historical processes of photography.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t be an artist or apply alternative processes when working with digital photography. For her recent work, titled “The Way Home,” Jill used her iPhone to take images from the Metro North commuter train that she rides a few times a week, traveling along the Hudson River from the Beacon train station to New York City. Jill made positive transparencies from the iPhone images to contact print onto glass for the final pieces.
Jill Enfield is a fine art photographer, author and educator who has achieved international acclaim in all three of these capacities. She’s a leading authority in Alternative Photographic Processes. In addition to expertise in current standard digital photo techniques for the last 10+ years, Enfield is also known for her instruction of hand coloring, wet plate collodion, and an array of other photo processes at Parsons The New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Photography, New York University, Long Island University Brooklyn, and the International Center of Photography in New York City as well as RISD.
Jill has exhibited internationally and published in National Geographic, Camera Arts and numerous other magazines. She’s the author of two books on alternative photographic processes. Jill has been a “Legend Behind the Lens” for Nikon, a Nikon Mentor for the Nikon Mentor Series, a Kodak Ambassador, and a Pro Shooter Spokesperson for Lowepro and SanDisk. She has also appeared on “The Today Show Weekend Edition,” “New York One” and “CBS Saturday Morning Edition” and in hundreds of U.S. newspapers around the country.
Laura hosted her own syndicated show in Virginia before joining WAMU in Washington, D.C., where she also contributed to NPR. Laura became involved in the arts while living in Singapore, where she worked as a docent and developed an interest in textiles. Today, Laura is a weaver and president of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association.