Born in 1959 in Utica, New York, Ellen Friedlander is a fine art and documentary photographer who makes the unseen, visible. She graduated from Ithaca College, NY with a BFA and received an MA from the University of Florida, in Gainesville with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Advertising. After college, Ellen spent fifteen years in Hong Kong pursuing her photography while working as a photographer’s rep.

Ellen has had numerous exhibitions, including a solo exhibition at the United Jewish Congregation in Hong Kong, group exhibitions at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, Saint Xavier University in Chicago, and various galleries in Los Angeles and Krakow, Poland. Ellen lives and works in Santa Ana, California.


Project Statement


As a street photographer, I enjoy challenging myself to different ways of interpreting the street. I look for singular moments that can be layered to relay the complexity of everyday life as I see it. My interest in combining, laying and using the extended frame and in-camera multiple exposure techniques comes from my own experience that nothing and no one is one-dimensional.

In my current on-going street project Hollywood, I am enjoying the challenge of using my camera to help me create unpredictable and complex photographs. I am combining two single photographs on the street that when combined successfully, without post processing can take the ordinary and make it surprisingly mysterious.

I am inspired by several twentieth century street photographers, however most notably, Garry Winogrand. Especially his work on Hollywood Boulevard and his iconic photograph, Hollywood and Vine, where he successfully captured social, political and esthetically formal techniques to make an extraordinary photograph. I enjoy the unpredictable flux and flow of the idiosyncratic, mysterious and inscrutable universe that unfolds before me when I am on the street.

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance."  

- Aristotle