• BITDBITN at The High Museum of Art + more

    BITDBITN at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA


    BITDBITN WINNER (Independent Book Prize) 2017 Lucie Photo Book Prize

    BITDBITN Shortlisted for the 2017 Mack First Book Award

    BITDBITN reviewed by Robin Titchener on Photobook Store Magazine 

    BITDBITN featured on Strange Fire Collective 

    BITDBITN Listed as one of the Best Books of 2016 by Melanie McWhorter on Photo-Eye-

    BITDBITN is listed as a photobook of the year by Laura El-Tantawy on Photobook Store Magazine 

    HAFNY Selects BITDBITN as one of the Best Socially Concerned Photobooks of 2016

    TIME Selects BITDBITN as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016

    BITDBITN Shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture Foundation 2016 Photobook Prize!

    Parting Words was recently featured in Musée Magazine - Issue No. 16 - Chaos

    BITDBITN was recently featured on 1000 Words with an essay by Daniel C. Blight.  


    Thrilled to announce that advanced copies of BITDBITN will be at the New York Art Book Fair.  Table O12 in the Focus Photography Room!  See you there!



    Public/Private/Portrait, Published by Mossless in collaboration w/ Charlotte Cotton / ICP

    Telegraph Magazine: Barkhad Abdi Story, April 2016

    The New Yorker: The Matter of Black Lives, March 2016

    BITDBITN / Parting Words Press:

    Artillery Magazine, 2016

    Times Free Press, 2016

    Pulse, 2016

    Bad At Sports, 2016

    AI-AP DART, 2016

    The Best of Slideluck Editorial, 2015

    Wired, 2015

    Arts+Culture TX, 2015

    Deaf in Prison, 2015

    The Houston Chronicle, 2015

    PDN online, 2015

    Paper City Magazine, 2015

    Mass Appeal, 2015

    Photograph Magazine, 2015

    Huffington Post, 2014

    BBC online, 2014

    New York Magazine online and in print, 2014

    Juxtapoz online, 2014

    Happy to share my portrait of Barhad Abdi for Telegraph Magazine (April 9th Issue)  and an article in Artillery Magazine (May/June Issue)



    My portrait of Alicia Garza for The New Yorker recently came out.  Check the March 14th issue to see it in person.


    A few installation photos from Cress Gallery, Chattanooga, TN.


    Installation photos from Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art


    Super excited to have recently photographed Ed Ruscha for Financial Times Weekend Magazine!  What an amazing man!


     BITDBITN was recently featured in Russian Esquire! 



    BITDBITN has been on the  move.  And I've been behind on sharing news.  A solo exhibition of the work is currently included in this years Belo Horizonte’s Biennial International Festival of Photography in Brazil.  Up through Nov 29th.  You can see more on that festival HERE

    And a large installation of the work is currently up at the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  More on that can be seen HERE

    The project has also recently been featured on WIRED.  You can read that article HERE


    Super ecstatic to announce that I have been chosen as a 2015 recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Award for my project #blackisthedayblackisthenight.  This foundation gives grants to individual artists on a nomination only basis. The nominators were kept confidential, so whoever nominated me... THANK YOU!! I hope to get #bitdbitn published! 


    Elegant Violence featured on Huffington Post: Photographers Address The Pain And Glory Of Violent Sports


    A few installation views from Black is the Day, Black is the Night on display at Houston Center for Photography until July 5th.


    An installation view and a few details from my installation of Parting Words which was on display at Manifest Justice May 1-10....  in addition to a few hightlights, including the moment Tom Morello took some time with my work and when the show was officially recogntized by the US Congress.


    My covershoot of Maddie Ziegler for Stella Magazine / The Sunday Telegraph.  I had a wonderful time shooting this amazing young dancer.  She is mature beyond her years and the most natural and comfortable person I have ever photographed.  Love her in Sia's music videos. 



    An interview and write up on Aperture Portfolio Prize exhibition Black is the Day, Black is the Night was recently published on Mass Appeal.  You can read the full interview HERE 


    In Position, an exhibition of photographs by Jona Frank and myself will be on view from January 24 to February 28, 2015 at De Soto Gallery in Venice, CA.  The opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 24 from 6pm to 8pm.  You can read the full pres release HERE


    Installation and opening night views from Black is the Day, Black is the Night on display at Aperture Gallery until Jan 29th.


    Recent online/in print publications:

    Back Page feature in Photograph Magazine (print and online)

    Aperture Portfolio Prize write up on Juxtapoz

    Black is the Day, Black is the Night write up in Non Profit Quarterly 

    Black is the Day, Black is the Night write up in The Marshall Project 

    Black is the Day, Black is the Night write up in New York Magazine

    Black is the Day, Black is the Night write up on Huffington Post

    Black is the Day, Black is the Night featured in Lapham's Quarterly 

    Black is the Day, Black is the Night featured in BBC article

    Black is the Day, Black is the Night featured on Juxtapoz 

    Black is the Day, Black is the Night featured on Lenscratch

    Danseur write up on FeatureShoot

    Danseur write up on Huffington Post

    Whilst I Am Drawing Breath (6 page spread) published in Photographer's Sketchbook by Thames and Hudson

    and last but not least

    The Photographer's Playbook by Aperture


    Happy to say that Nine Years Out of a Death Row Sentence, 2010 is selling quickly.  For now it is still available through Aperture's limited edition print sale.  More info on how to purchase the print or about the project can be found HERE.

    The image will be on display at Aperture's booth at both Paris Photo (booth EE8) and Art Basel.


    I am soon heading to Chicago for a printing residency at Latitude!  Super excited to finally spend some time in Chicago and get my Aperture exhibition printed!  


    Nine Years Out of a Death Row Sentence, 2010 is now available through Aperture's limited edition print sale.  More info on how to purchase the print or about the project can be found HERE.

    The image has recently been on display at both PULSE, NYC and PGH Photo Fair at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburg, PA.



    "This year, Aperture’s editorial and limited-edition print staff—twelve staff members and eleven work scholars in all—reviewed close to one thousand Portfolio Prize entries. Our challenge was to select one top prize and four runners-up from this overwhelming response."


    Pete Brook spoke at SFMoMA on March 16th as part of the symposium, Bearing Witness. Sweet thing about that is he spoke about my project Black is the Day, Black is the Night (as well as spoke about many other great photographers)... to a very large audience. You can check out his talk.. as well as others (Susan Meiselas, Zoe Strauss, Margaret Olin, Doug Rickard, Kathy Ryan, Benjamin Lowy, and Mike Krieger) by clicking HERE.


    This installation is going to look fantastic!  I hope you can make it!

    CAST, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center


    The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is pleased to announce Cast, a group exhibition featuring the work of Dru Donovan, Amy Elkins, Tarrah Krajnak, Laurel Nakadate and Pinar Yolacan.  Using the human body and variations of historic and commercial conventions of portraiture, these artists challenge the conceptual constraints of how a portrait functions while addressing issues regarding authorship and control, as well as our stereotypes and perceived senses of beauty.


    I am thrilled to have recently found out that I am a Aperture Portfolio Prize finalist!

    From Aperture: "We’re pleased to announce the five finalists for the 2014 Aperture Portfolio Prize! This year, Aperture’s editorial and limited-edition print staff reviewed more than seven hundred portfolios. Our challenge was to select one winner and four honorable mentions from this overwhelming response. Out of the following exceptional finalists, one will be selected as the winner of the 2014 Aperture Portfolio Prize, receiving a cash prize and exhibition at Aperture Gallery in New York:

    Matt Eich
    Amy Elkins
    Davide Monteleone
    Max Pinckers
    Sadie Wechsler

    Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner in March! We will then also reveal all of the finalists’ portfolios and statements here on In the meantime, check out past Portfolio Prize winners."

    Pete Brook of Prison Photography interviewed me about my project Parting Words.  You can read it all HERE
    I am really excited to share that Parting Words has recently made the cover of the Huffington Post.  In addition it made the cover of the Political section.  It has since been republished on Huffington Post UK and The Good Men Project among many other sites both nationally and internationally.  Feels really good to get some exposure for that project, which has been a lot of hard work to complete.

    Download the Daylight Digital App to your ipad and spend some time with my multi-media feature Black is the Day, Black is the Night.  Text by Pete Brook, Reading by Rafael Ramirez


    I am honored to be selected in APERTURE'S INSTAGRAM SILENT AUCTION- curated by Kathy Ryan, director of photography, New York Times Magazine.  You can find more information about the auction HERE.

    NEW: Global Yodel Limited Edition Print Sale! Buy a print HERE!!
    DEAR DAVE MAGAZINE PRESENTS, curated by Stephen Frailey. Photoville, Brooklyn, NY. Sept. 2013
    PRESENT MEMORY: curated by Joaquin Trujillo.  Christopher Henry Gallery, New York, NY. Sept 2013
    FRACTION MAGAZINE, issue #54Sept 2013
    SUMMER 2013:
    THE TELEGRAPH | STELLA MAGAZINE: Arianna Huffington photographed in her home in Los Angeles.  July, 2013
    CRUEL & UNUSUAL, Sirius Art Center, Cork Ireland, June 2013
    CRUEL & UNUSUAL, Reportage Photography Festival, Sydney Australia, June 2013
    SPRING 2013:
    LENS Magazine, March Issue
    Real Simple Magazine, Mother's Day Issue
    FACE it: featuring Valerie Belin, Robert Bergman, Amy Elkins, 
    Jill Greenberg, Steve Pyke, Tomoko Sawada and Martin Schoeller
    Rockland Center for the Arts
    Emerson Gallery
    March 10- April 14, 2013
    FALL 2012 / WINTER 2013:
    Photography on the Edge (group exhibition)
    Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR. 
    February 2013
    Recent Acquisitions
    North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC. 
    December 2012
    Artist-in-Residence Award (for the months of Oct and Nov  2012)
    Villa Waldberta, Feldafing Germany
    15 pieces from Elegant Violence featured in 
    The Bursa International Photo Festival 
    Bursa, Turkey Sept 15- 21st, 2012. 
    Artist in attendance.
    15 pieces from Elegant Violence featured in 
    2012 International Young Photographers' Exhibition 
    during the 2012 Daegu Photo Biennale 
    Daegu, S.Korea Oct 9th- Oct 28th, 2012.
    3 pieces from Elegant Violence featured in 
    Gyungnam International Modern Photogrpahy Festival 
    Gyungnam, S.Korea Oct 25- Oct 30th, 2012.

    9 pieces from Wallflower featured in 
    Next Generation: Contemporary American Photography 
    Munich, Germany Oct 4th- Nov 28th, 2012
    9 pieces from Wallflower and Elegant Violence 
    featured in BLINK Magazine 
    issue #15
    6 pieces from Black is the Day, Black is the Night 
    featured in LIGHTWORK Contact Sheet #167 
    Artist-in-Residence Annual.
    SPRING / SUMMER 2012

    Work from Black is the Day, Black is the Night 
    featured in the upcoming fiction issue of VICE Magazine.

    Work from Black is the Day, Black is the Night
    featured in the upcoming issue of Conveyor Magazine.

    Work from Black is the Day, Black is the Night 
    featured in Cruel and Unusual: Prison Photography
    a traveling exhibition looking to the world of prisons. 

    May 9th-June 3rd
    Melkweg Gallery, Amsterdam

    June 22nd-July 1st
    Photoville, Brooklyn, NY


    Work from Lucas
    featured in Small Prints 
    curated by Amani Olu and Jon Feinstein

    June 7-10, 2012
    Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Festival 
    Boston, MA.

    WINTER 2011/2012

    Elegant Violence featured in The Sports Show at 
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts, February 2012
    Press Release: here.
    Work from Black is the Day, Black is the Night will be featured in 
    Cruel and Unusual: Prison Photography 
    an all womens inter­na­tional photo exhi­bi­tion looking to the world of prisons. 
    Info here

    February 18 – April 1, 2012
    Noorderlicht Gallery, Holland
    Looking & Looking, a two person exhibition featuring Jen Davis and myself reception at Light Work Gallery Feb 22. 

    Light Work Gallery
    January 2012- March 2012

    Press Release available here.
    Elegant Violence featured in Harpers December issue
    Off Photography. Curated by Jon Feinstein featured work from Elegant ViolenceShow can be seen here.
    Elegant Violence featured in Contact Sheet 
    exhibition catalogue Looking & Looking 

    FALL 2011

    Elegant Violence
    Yancey Richardson Gallery
    opening reception Sept 08, 6-8pm
    on view until October 22, 2011

    Group Exhibition from Pat Bell Collection
    Neiman Marcus Gallery
    Sept 8, 2011

    Work from Black is the Day, Black is the Night
    2011 Gyeongnam International Modern Photography Festival
    Traveling to major cities in Gyeongnam province in South Korea

    SUMMER 2011

    Spent the month of June in Syracuse working around the clock 
    at the Light Work Residency program. Kept a daily blog
    throughout the process that can be seen here

    100 Portraits curated by Andy Adams & Larissa Leclair
    Australian Centre for Photography
    July 29, 2011 - August 27, 2011

    SPRING 2011

    Panel Discussion / The Male Gazed
    Amy Elkins, Paul Mpagi Sepuya & Jessica Yatrofsky in conversation. 
    Moderated by Allen Frame 
    NYPH2011, Dumbo, NY. May 15, 2011, 6pm

    Light Work Artist-in-Residence Award
    for the project Black is the Day, Black is the Night

    Artist Lecture / WIPNYC Lecture 
    Syracuse University, April 12th
    Winter 2011

    Synthetic Zero and S0NiKFest group exhibition
    curated by Mitsu Hadeishi and Seyhan Musaoglu.
    Reception February 2nd, 6pm - 9pm, and Saturday, Feburary 5th, 7pm - 10pm

    305 E. 140th St., #1A, Bronx NY 10454

    Visual Art:
    Jacek Maczynski - paintings
    Rebecca Bird - paintings
    Sara Conde - paintings
    Darcy Dahl - video installation
    Amy Elkins - photographic-based experimental work
    Brad Darcy - visual art
    Sujin Lee - video installation
    Theo Cote - photography 

    Jessica Danser/dansfolk - Excerpt from "Sensitive Female Chord Progression" - dance (Saturday only)
    Elizabeth Glushko and Liquid Light Lab - music & multimedia
    Betty T Kao - poetry reading (Wednesday only)
    The shooting star experiment of lights - experimental music
    Booker Stardrum's Drillbaby - music (Wednesday only)

    Experimental Film:
    Jeremy Newman - "The Persistence of Forgetting" - Mt. Laurel, NJ
    Damien Ferland - "Death by VHS" - Winnipeg MB, Canada
    Charles Chadwick - "Transubstantiation" - South San Francisco, CA
    Kate Balsley - "Anima Mundi" - Brown Deer, WI
    Mike Celona - "Detour 3" - Rochester, NY
    Damali Abrams - "Rompe Puesto" - Queens, NY
    Evan Meaney - Knoxville, TN
    Alexei Dmitriev - "Abstract?"
    Russell Chartier - "Devil on a Dam" - West Haven, CT
    Tanguy de Thuret - "Untitled" - Italy
    Christopher Conry - "In the Green Room: an afternoon & an evening with Chairlift and the Crystal Stilts" - Brooklyn, NY


    Work to be in Vision Magazine out of China, issue #101. 

    An older but very personal project was selected to be in the group show Incognito at Yancey Richardson this Summer. The piece for the show was selected as part of the review in New Yorker. 

    The Weight of Air featured in Fraction Magazine Issue #17


    Upcoming/Current Exhibitions:

    Incognito: The Hidden Self-Portrait
    Yancey Richardson Gallery
    opening July 14, 2010
    on view until August 27th, 2010

    Uta Barth, Anne Collier, Amy Elkins, Mitch Epstein, Lee Friedlander, 
    David Hilliard, Tom Hunter, Bill Jacobson, Jodie Vicenta Jacobson, 
    Kenneth Josephson, Lisa Kereszi, Esko Mannikko, Ray Metzker, 
    Arno Minkkinen, Abelardo Morell, Matthew Pillsbury, Lynn Saville, 
    Stephen Shore, Rachel Perry Welty and Francesca Woodman. 


    The Naked Truth (WEST)
    curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel
    HOUS Projects Gallery, West Hollywood
    opening July 22, 2010 | 6pm
    on view until September 9, 2010



    The Naked Truth
    curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel
    HOUS Projects Gallery, NYC
    opening May 13, 2010 | 6:00pm
    on view from may 13 - July 17, 2010

    Bert Stern, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Susan Meiselas, 
    Nan Goldin, Herb Ritts, Mark Fields, Marla Rutherford, Natasha Gornik,
    Chad States, Will Steacy, Naomi Harris, Terri Richardson, Ryan McGinley
    Marilyn Minter, Phil Toledano, David La Chapelle, Luke Smalley, John Arsenault
    Juliana Beasley, Amy Elkins, Josh Qiugley, Aaron Lee Fineman, Zach Hyman
    Jaime Permuth, Guillermo Riveros and Jen Davis.


    Group Show: Portraits
    Marc Audette, Alexandre Castonguay, Luc Courchesne, Amy Elkins,
    Adad Hannah, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Roberto Pellegrinuzzi, Chih-Chien Wang

    Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain
    Montreal, Canada
    5 June - 31 July 2010


    You can read an interview I did with Nymphoto HERE

    Winter Shows and News 

    Larry Sultan Memorial show 
    Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA
    January 2010

    VERSUS- Curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel
    Hous Projects
    Jan 07-March 08, 2010

    Artists include: Mickalene Thomas, Brian Ulrich, Cara Phillips, Zoe Strauss, Hank Willis Thomas, Matthew Pillsbury, Amy Elkins, Molly Landreth, Eric Ogden, Alex Leme, Kris Graves, Jen Davis, Gina LeVay, Phil Toledano, Ruben Natal-SanMiguel, Michael Wolf, Elizabeth Fleming and Nadine Rovner.

    Fourth Annual Benefit Auction for CCNY
    December 2nd, 2009, 6:00-8:00 pm,
    at Calumet Photographic,
    22 West 22nd Street

    Galerie Anita Beckers, (Frankfurt, Germany)
    @ Pulse Miami
    Dec 3-6, 2009

    curated by Joaquin Trujillo
    Carnegie Art Museum
    424 South C Street
    Oxnard, CA.
    December 12, 2009- February 21, 20010
    Opening December 12, 2009 | 4p- 7p



    "One artist here -- the most compelling of the lot -- offers androgyny as an alternative to gender codes. Brooklynbased Amy Elkins photographs two shirtless young men in half-length portraits that mimic historical modes of female portraiture. As we look at these men, we're reminded of a long tradition of Venuses as well as the Greeks' love of a luscious boy. The subject of "Kyle" proves an especially rich muse, his arm crossed over his chest in a gesture suggesting both protection and flirtation. What works about Elkins's pictures is their lack of clear-cut agenda. Yes, they participate in the preconceived -- and sexist -- modes of art history. But they never, ever replicate them."
    - Washington Post

    "In her series of portraits, Amy Elkins creates an environment and a dynamic that allow us to observe an expression of self. They are portraits of introspection and assertion, of alienation and belonging, of confrontation and surrender. She puts her male subjects into a feminine space, undresses them, and watches them as they come to terms with what they are feeling and experiencing. Then, when they give a clue, through a gesture, or a look in the eye, she clicks the shutter."
    - Jimmy Moffatt for NY Arts Magazine

    "I first saw Amy Elkins' Wallflower series of male portraits against colorful flowered wallpapers in the project room at Yancey Richardson a year or so ago, and as the months have passed and I have encountered them again in other contexts, they are growing on me. Even though we are not portrait collectors, I am liking the mixture of feminity and masculinity they explore more and more, as well as the subtle openness and vulnerability she has deftly captured." 
    - DLK collector

    "We pour over women’s faces all the time – they stare back at us compliantly from magazines, posters, and even on the street or in an elevator, accustomed to being looked at, perhaps even taking pride in the attention. But it’s not often that we’re given the opportunity to look into men’s faces in this intimate way. The object of an unrelenting gaze becomes vulnerable – not a traditionally flattering role for a man. Elkins' series of portraits of men could best be described as beautiful rather than rugged or handsome."
    - EyeMazing Magazine, Amsterdam

    "Amy Elkins portraits of men, [from the series] Wallflowers playfully sets cultural expectations of masculinity in front of floral backdrops. These extraordinarily beautiful images are simple in execution but wholly complex under their surface, often pointing towards a sense of vulnerability that is so frequently culturally masked."
    - We Can't Paint

    "The underlying component in the exhibit is the evident nostalgia conveyed throughout the work. The ambiguity of our memory is clearly communicated in powerful visual narratives.... [as shown in] the mysterious murkiness of Brooklyn-based artist Amy Elkins’ prints that incorporate text abundant with layered meaning."
    - Place, time, house and home (Review of Carnegie Art Museum exhibition)