Amy Elkins


Where I Found You is a project that explores the notion of long distance relationships to one’s family and to what remains familiar. Having not lived in the same state as my family for over nine years, this series confronts the fluctuations that exist in my absence. Everything and nothing is always the same.



Amy Elkins (b. 1979 Venice, CA) is a photographer and curator currently based in Portland, Oregon, USA. She received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her photographs explore notions of vulnerability, identity and transitory states. Elkins’ earlier work, Wallflower, looked into the nuances of gender identity and the male psyche. In her more recent work, Elkins investigates additional aspects of male identity through projects Elegant Violence, looking to young Ivy League rugby athletes moments after their game and Black is the Day, Black is the Night, which explores masculinity, vulnerability and identity through correspondence with men serving life and death row sentences in some of the most maximum security prisons in the US.

Elkins has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including shows at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria; the Carnegie Art Museum in California; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minnesota; Light Work Gallery in Syracuse; Noorderlicht Gallery in the Netherlands; The National Arts Club, Tina Kim Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery among others.

Elkins has been awarded with The Lightwork Artist in Residence in Syracuse, NY in 2011 and most recently the Villa Waldberta International Artist in Residence in Munich, Germany in 2012.

Her work has been published recently in the VICE: fiction issue; Conveyor: Smoke & Mirrors issue; BLINK: issue #15; Contact Sheet: Artist in Residence Annual; Contact Sheet: Looking & Looking; Jen Davis and Amy Elkins: The Portrait. Photography as a Stage From Robert Mapplethorpe to Nan Goldin which coincided with an exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien curated by Peter Weiermair; and The Sports Show: Athletics as Image and Spectacle which coincided with an exhibition at Minneapolis Institute of Arts curated by David Little. Other features include: American Photo, EyeMazing, Harpers, Newsweek, NY Arts, NY Times Magazine, OUT, PDN, POP photo and Vision Magazine. Her writing has been featured in Photographs Not Taken, a book of essays edited by Will Steacy which has had coinciding events and readings across the country including at ICP and PS1Museum and has been reviewed by Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and Times Light Box among others.

In June of 2008 Amy Elkins and Cara Phillips co-founded, a platform for showcasing both established and emerging women in photography. Each year they award one woman artist with the WIP-LTI/Lightside Photographic Project Grant in the amount of $3000.

Elkins is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York.