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Elsa Voelcker, M.F.A.

M.F.A, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
B.A., Boston University, Art History

I am an artist working in black and white photography using film and gelatin silver papers, to take portraits. I shoot nature digitally and sell images as cards or large prints. I am most interested in conveying to students the fun of expressing and exploring one's identity through the choices one makes when photographing.

In the class Darkroom Photography, one learns the functions of a camera and how each impacts a photograph. Then one learns how to print using burning and dodging techniques to get the best tones throughout the image. In Digital photography students delve into how to use their digital cameras as an artistic tool working with manual settings. Then they learn basics in Adobe Photoshop and understand digital terms and formats. In Intermediate Photography, students are encouraged to work on projects, producing images on gelatin silver paper or digital prints, then dry-mounting these images to rag paper and sewing together the sections and making a cover for a book. In all classes we focus on visual thinking and communication.

I studied photography at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston while working on a book about my grandfather. I attended the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York where I received an M.F.A. I learned to make half-tones and self-published my book entitled, A Heritage. I went on to study book-binding and have created many one-of-a-kind artist's books.

In 2004, I was awarded a research grant to photograph people with piercings, from which I created a 36-image show. In 2010, I had a one-woman show of twenty Piercing Portraits and gave a talk about how this project changed my attitudes. My work has been exhibited both locally and nationally in both group and one-woman shows, my work has won awards in three different shows dozen outlets around the state.

Contact Information

Elsa Voelcker
Department of Fine Arts
Saint Anselm College
100 Saint Anselm Drive
Manchester, NH 03102

(603) 641-7327

Office: Alumni Hall 101

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