Ellen Wallenstein is a photographer, book artist and professor of art from New York City. She works on long-term documentary projects, visually responding to her daily life experiences. She also photographs daily, as meditation and habit. She is...
Focus:Photographer, Still Life, Fine Art, Documentary, Photography
Covering:USA & Canada
Skills:Research, Adobe Photoshop, Book Layout/Design, Photo Editing, Black & White Printing
I became interested in photography as a child, looking at family pictures. I was interested in family resemblances- my grandmother Martha whose childhood picture at ten years old really impressed me - when I was that age I looked like her- resembled her- at least as I remember it. What I knew of her early life - when I was a child- not much! The regretful retrospect of wishing I had asked her more questions! She always looked like an old lady- white hair and a deep sadness… So using the pictures from when she was young and beautiful and happy were a revelation to me - a rediscovery of history, which I could renew by copying, cutting and weaving the past to create a new present. I made these collages out of a yearning to understand my ancestors and a psychological need to better understand myself through them.This work is part of a larger series made while an Artist-in-Residence at the Covello Center for the Aging in East Harlem, New York, from September through December 2019