Christine Elfman

Christine Elfman explores the constancy of change through photography, painting, and film. By making images out of their own disappearance, Elfman acknowledges the inseparability of permanence and fugitivity within pictorial representation. Her work offers a reminder that the harder one tries to capture an object, the more it evades the grasp.

From the Philadelphia area, Elfman received her B.F.A. in painting from Cornell University and M.F.A. in photography from California College of the Arts. She has worked extensively with early photographic processes and with historic collections at the George Eastman House, University of Rochester Rare Books Library, and the Berkeley Art Museum. Elfman has been awarded the San Francisco Artist Award, the San Francisco Foundation Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists Career Development Fellowship, and an artist residency at The Saltonstall Foundation. She has taught photography most recently at San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a visiting critic in AAP's Department of Art. She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ART 2601 Introduction to PhotographyThis course explores camera and lens as devices that frame and translate three-dimensional space to a two-dimensional surface. Through assignments and individual investigation, students acquire a deeper understanding of visual perception and photography as medium for personal expression. This course introduces students to film-based photographic processes and assumes no prior knowledge of photography.
  • ART 3604 Photography: Alternative Processes: Explorations in Photographic MaterialityThis course explores the composite image generated through various lens-based practices and equipment such as still and video camera, scanner, internet, etc. It is an intensive experimental studio integrating digital strategies of negative production to create images produced with traditional light-sensitive materials. Alternative photographic methods are approached as a printmaking process. Students are encouraged to work outside the camera and beyond the negative edge. The history of photographic print materials from the photogenic drawing of Talbot to the contemporary gelatin silver print will be introduced. Images will be produced using cyanotype, Vandyke brown, gum bichromate, and palladium emulsions.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • San Francisco Artist Award (2013)
  • Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts (2011)
  • Artist Residency, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, Ithaca, New York (2009)