Amy Elkins is a visual artist currently based in the Bay Area.  She works primarily in photography and has spent the past fifteen years researching, creating and exhibiting work that explores the multifaceted nature of masculine identity as well as the psychological and sociological impacts of incarceration.  Her approach is series-based, steeped in research and oscillates between formal, conceptual and documentary.

Elkins received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and is currently an MFA candidate in the Art Practice program at Stanford University.  She has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally, including at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA; Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria; the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; North Carolina Museum of Art; among others. Her first book Black is the Day, Black is the Night won the 2017 Lucie Independent Book Award. It was shortlisted for the 2017 Mack First Book Award and the 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation Photobook Prize as well as listed as one of the Best Photobooks of 2016 by TIME, Humble Arts Foundation, Photobook Store Magazine and Photo-Eye among others.

Elkins co-founded Women in Photography (WIPNYC) with Cara Phillips in 2008.  The primarily internet-based project showcases the work of lens-based women artists outside of the traditional model of the commercial art world.  Since its inception, Women in Photography has awarded over seventeen thousand dollars in grants to artists and has collaborated with Aperture Foundation, LACMA, MoCP, Leslie Tonkonow, Lightwork, P.P.O.W Gallery, Humble Arts Foundation and many independent women curators.  

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Black is the Day, Black is the Night, Vita Arts Center, Ventura, CA.

Amy Elkins: Photographs of Contemporary Masculinity, Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion, 
        Orange Coast College.  Costa Mesa. CA

Black is the Day, Black is the Night, Benaki Museum, Athens Photo Festival. Athens, Greece

Black is the Day, Black is the Night, The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

Black is the Day, Black is the Night, Cress Gallery, Chattanooga, TN

Black is the Day, Black is the Night, International Festival of Photography, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Black is the Day, Black is the Night, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX

In Position: Amy Elkins & Jona Frank, DeSoto Gallery, Los Angeles

Black is the Day, Black is the Night, Aperture Gallery, New York

Looking & Looking: Jen Davis & Amy Elkins, Light Work Gallery, Syracuse, NY

Elegant Violence, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

Wallflower, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York


Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women in Louisiana, Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, NY
Ventura College Legacy Exhibition, Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, CA
Layer Cake, Coulter Gallery, Stanford, CA

Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women in Louisiana, Newcomb Museum, New Orleans
American Truth: A Biennial Alumni Exhibition, School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery

A Recounting, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Due Process, Goethe Institut Ludlow 38, New York, NY.

Notions of Home, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY.
Man Up, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College,
       Rancho Cucamonga,CA.  

Inside/Outside: Prison Narratives, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey
       College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  

Performance: Contemporary Photography from the Douglas Nielsen Collection
       Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ.

Recent Acquisitions, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Andy Warhol and his Contemporaries: an urban milieu, Flaten Art Museum, 
      Northfield,    MN

The Sports Show, Minneapolis Institute of Arts Museum, Minneapolis, MN

Homesick, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA.
Incognito: The Hidden Self-Portrait, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

The Portrait. Photography as a Stage: From Robert Mapplethorpe to Nan Goldin.
        Curated by Peter Weiermair, The Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria


The High Museum Permanent Collection, Atlanta, GA.
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Light Work Permanent Collection, Syracuse, NY
Aperture Foundation Permanent Collection, New York, NY
SFMoMA Research Library (BITDBITN Book)
National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum (BITDBITN Book)
Special Collections at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BITDBITN Book)
HAAS Arts Special Collections Yale University (BITDBITN Book)


The Huntington, Independent Research Scholar, San Marino, CA

Lucie Independent Book Prize
MACK First Book Awards- Shortlist

Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards - Shortlist
Diane Marek Visiting Artist, Chattanooga, TN

Peter S Reed Foundation Grant

Aperture Portfolio Prize
Latitude Artist-in-Residence, Chicago, IL

Villa Waldberta International Artist-in-Residence, Munich, Germany

Lightwork Artist-in-Residence, Syracuse, NY.



Ollman, Leah. “Challenging Assumptions about Men.” Los Angeles Times, 23, 
Nov. 2018: E2. Print

Beers, Joel. “Amy Elkins’ ‘Photographs of Contemporary Masculinity’ at OCC Shows the New Male Gaze.” OC Weekly, 21, Nov. 2018. Web

Ollman, Leah. “Critics’ Choices: Amy Elkins: Photographs of Contemporary Masculinity.”  Los Angeles Times 18, Nov. 2018: E10. Print

Brook, Pete. “Prison Index.” Aperture. Issue 230: 104. Print

Cornwall, Debi and Amy Elkins. “Confronting Incarceration’s Destructive Invisibility.” Epistem: Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University, 2018. 20-33. Print

Alexander, Andrew. “Photographer Amy Elkins' Work Explores Themes of Incarceration.” ArtsATL, 10 Jan. 2018. Web

Vilela, Bruno. World, Image, World. Notebook of Critical Reflections on Photography. Belo Horizonte, BR: FIF, 2018. 194-199. Print

Baricco, Alessandro and Scuola Holden. La Seconda Luna. 2nd vol., Bologna, IT: Zanichelli, 2018. 476-477. Print


Cuddehe, Mary. “A Matter of Life: The Death Penalty as a Conservative Conundrum.” Harper’s.March. 2017: 60. Print

Bogert, Jeremiah M. “Work by Women Photographers in Santa Monica Exhibit Bound by Dedication to Social Justice.” Los Angeles Times, Mar. 2017. Web

Blight, Daniel C. “Amy Elkins Black Is the Day Black Is the Night.” 1000 Words, 2017. Web

Hallberg, Garth Risk. A Field Guide to the North American Family. New York, NY: Alfred A.Knopf, 2017: 87. Print


Elkins, Amy. Black Is the Day, Black Is the Night. 1st ed., Oxnard, CA: Self Published, 2016. Print

TIME Photo Dept. TIME Selects The Best Photobooks of 2016. Time. Nov. 2016. Web

Iaboni, Lisa. “Blurred Lives.” The Marshall Project, 3 June 2018.  Web

Osberg, Annabel. “Tough / Tender: Amy Elkins’ Male Protagonists.” Artillery Magazine. May/June 2016: 40-41. Print

Calkin, Jessamy. “Soldier of Fortune.” Telegraph Magazine. April 2016: 42. Print

Cobb, Jelani. “The Matter Of Black Lives.” The New Yorker. Mar. 14. 2016: 34. Print

Asboe, Eric. “All Hands.” Bad at Sports, Feb. 2016. Web

Cotton, Charlotte. Public/Private/Portrait. Brooklyn, NY: Romke Hoogwaerts, 2016. 22. Print


Griffin, Jonathan. “Ed Ruscha: L.A.'s Artist.” Financial Times Weekend Magazine, 30 Oct. 2015: 24-28. Print

Elkins, Amy. “The Back Page.” Photograph. Jan/Feb. 2015: 120. Print


Fulford, Jason and Gregory Halpern. The Photographer’s Playbook. New York, NY: Aperture Foundation, 2014. 92. Print

McLaren, Stephen and Bryan Formhals. Photographers’ Sketchbook. London, GB: Thames & Hudson, 2014. 80-85. Print

Bittner, Michele. “Can Recidivism Rates Be Lowered through Internet Coding?” Nonprofit Quarterly, 3 Dec. 2014. Web

Farago, Jason. “Culture - Pictures at an Execution: The Condemned in Art.” BBC, Oct. 2014. Web


Brook, Pete. “Amy Elkins' Black Is The Day, Black Is The Night.” Prison Photography, 16 Dec. 2013.  Web

Brook, Pete. “Amy Elkins: Black Is the Day, Black Is the Night.” Daylight, 10 Dec. 2013. Web


Little, David Eugene. The Sports Show: Athletics as Image and Spectacle. Minneapolis, MN: University Of Minnesota Press, 2012. 130-131. Print

Eskenazi, Jason. The Americans List. By the Glow of the Jukebox. New York, NY: Red Hook Editions, 2012. 81. Print

Steacy, Will. Photographs Not Taken a Collection of Photographers Essays. (n.p.): Daylight Community Arts Foundation, 2012. 53-54. Print

Sullivan, Bill. “Amy Elkins” Contact Sheet. No 167. 2012: 10-15. Print

Lavalette, Shane. “Looking and Looking.” Contact Sheet. No. 165. 2012: 1-22. Print

Elkins, Amy. “Photographers Studio: Amy Elkins.” Conveyor. No.3. 2012: 110. Print

Aram, Kim. “Amy Elkins” Blink. Aug. 2012: 45-54. Print

Jackson, Mitchell S. “Oversoul.” Vice. June. 2012: 70-77. Print


Barthes, Roland. “Double Zoo.” Harper’s. Dec. 2011: 22-23. Print


Elkins, Amy. “15 Minutes.” Vision. Oct. 2010: 188-195. Print


Matt, Gerald, and Peter Weiermair. The Portrait: Photography as a Stage. (n.p.): Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2009. 72-77. Print

Kraciuk, Bartek, “Women in Photography.” K Mag. March. 2009: 19. Print


Elkins, Amy. Beyond This Place: 269 Intervals and Other Various Assemblages. 1st ed., Brooklyn, NY: Self Published, 2008. Print

Feinstein, Jon. The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Art Photography. New York, NY: Humble Arts Foundation, 2008. 48. Print

Jimmy Moffatt. “Growing Wallflowers.” NY Arts. Vol.13. Jan/Feb. 2008: 85. Print


Dominus, Susan. “Tense Times at Bronxville High.” The New York Times Magazine. Sept.30.2007: 66-71. Print

Holtzman, Anna. “Amy Elkins” Eyemazing. Issue 1, 2007: 100-107. Print

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