Elizabeth Siegfried

Fine Art Photographer


Elizabeth Siegfried, born in Baltimore, Maryland, has lived and worked in Canada for nearly thirty years. Her university studies were in English but upon graduation she followed her passion for photography and participated in a six-month residency program at The Maine Photographic Workshops (MPW) in Rockport, Maine. Over the following fifteen years, Siegfried returned to MPW five times including a month as artist in residence with an emphasis on platinum printing. In 1992 Siegfried was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta and in 1997 and 2010, Sal Lopes, the celebrated master platinum printer, mentored her in the art of platinum/palladium printing. Siegfried graduated from Maine Media College with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography in May 2019. She presently works with digital capture and explores the expression of color but has not lost her love of historical processes and analogue photography. Siegfried spends half the year at Oxtongue Lake, Ontario, and half the year in Sarasota, Florida.

Siegfried has exhibited her images in Canada, the US, Italy, Germany, Japan and Mexico. She taught platinum printing workshops for eleven years at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography in Toronto and later ran platinum workshops out of her studio and Ryerson Polytechnic University during CONTACT, Toronto’s annual photography festival. She has been a judge for the Photography/Multi-Media Computer Generated (Purchase) Awards for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and on the jury for The Ontario Arts Council Project Grant.

Her first book entitled LifeLines was published in 2000 and includes a literary introduction by the National Book Award Winner Andrea Barrett. Siegfried’s photographs have been reproduced and discussed in such publications as Black & White Magazine, Cottage Life, Shadow and Light Magazine and SHOTS magazine. In 2008, she was one of the featured photographers on Behind The Camera, a television production aired on Bravo! and Discovery HD and in 2016, The Canadian Broadcasting Company launched CIRCUS! a video on Siegfried and the cross-generational collaboration with her grandmother.

Siegfried’s work is represented in private and public collections, including the Aaron Copland House in Cortlandt Manor, New York; Ryerson Image Centre at Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario; Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan; Alliance Française de Toronto Collection, Toronto, Ontario; the Canadian Photography Institute, part of the National Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario; and the Peter E. Palmquest Women in Photography International Archive held at the Beinicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. Siegfried also has her work in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art’s Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York.


2019—Master of Fine Arts in Media Arts (Photography), Maine Media College, Rockport, ME

2013—Studied wet plate collodion with France Scully Osterman, Rochester, NY

1997—Studied with Sal Lopes, Master Platinum Printer, Boston, MA

1992—Artist-in-Residence, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB

1981–1985—Studied photography at Maine Photographic Workshops: Colour Program (1985); Artist-in-Residence Program, Platinum printing (1984); Resident Program (1981-1982)

1977—Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Select Solo Exhibitions

2019—Life After Life – Pascal Hall, Rockport, ME

2018—CIRCUS! – The Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville, ON

2016—CIRCUS! – Philippi Estates, Sarasota, FL

2012—Termina – The Art Space, Huntsville, ON

2009—Termina – Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ON

2007—Extinct – G+ Galleries at INDEXG, Toronto, ON

2007—An Hour of the Wolf: Nightmare Quadrangle – Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden, ON

2002—An Hour of the Wolf: Nightmare Trilogy – Alliance Française de Toronto, ON

2001—LifeLines – shown in conjunction with performances of Symphonic Poem #1: Release by James Grant: Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, Shriver Concert Hall, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; The Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Cumberland County College, NJ; Stockton Performing Arts Center, NJ

2001—LifeLines – Spectrum Gallery, Rochester, NY

1999—LifeLines – Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ON

1999—An Hour of the Wolf – Kiva (as part of CONTACT ‘99), Toronto, ON

1998—LifeLines – Kiva (as part of CONTACT ‘98), Toronto, ON

1998—Photographs in Platinum – Ward Center for the Arts, Baltimore, MD

1996—A Sense of Place – Stephen Bulger Gallery, The Salon, Toronto, ON

1996—A Sense of Place – Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, ON

1995—A Sense of Place – The Chapel Gallery, Bracebridge, ON

Select Group Exhibitions

2021—Essential Water – Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2021—Revealed – Sarasota Art Center, Sarasota, FL

2021—Chairs – A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

2020—Landed  – The Barn, Huntsville, ON

2020—Photo Review Web Exhibition

2020—Portraits – A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX

2016—Where Spirits Dwell – Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville, ON

2015—20th Anniversary Show – Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ON

2015—Kindred Spirits – Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville, ON

2015—Portraits – The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2015—Eidolon – Akasha Art Projects, Toronto, ON

2015—Water – The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2014—Photography in the time of Digital Disenchantment – Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archive, Brampton, ON

2013—Summer Lovin’ – Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ON

2013—Termina – part of Memory Theatre Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

2013—Photographers network selection 2004-2013: face to face – Stadtische Galerie, Iserlohn, DE

2013—Artists of Algonquin – John M.Parrott Art Gallery, Belleville, ON

2012—Chasing Tom – The Art Space, Huntsville, ON

2010—Wide-Awake Dreaming – PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2010—From the Collection: Platinum Prints-Vestiges of Light – Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, JP

2010—Canadian Landscape Exhibition – Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden, ON

2010—Small – Cordon Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010—Cancer Connections – Canada Tour

2009—Water – PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT

2009—Power of a Smile – Petroff Gallery, Toronto, ON

2009—Cancer Connections – Victoria Park, Regina, SK

2008—The Invisible Age – RayKo Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007—Collected: Selected Acquisitions from the Mira Godard Study Centre – Ryerson Gallery, Toronto, ON

2007—The Invisible Age – Sussex County Community College, Newton, NJ

2007—Degrees of Separation – Peer Gallery, New York, NY

2007—Undressed…Looking at Nudes – Umbrella Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2007—Photographer’s Network – Siegen, DE

2006—The Invisible Age – District Fine Arts Gallery, Washington DC

2006—PENTAD: Five Artists-Ten Years – Algonquin Theatre, Partners Hall, Huntsville, ON

2006—Photography and Photo-Based Art – Russell Gallery, Peterborough, ON

2005—Life of Water – Allen Lambert Galleria, BCE Place, Toronto, ON

2005—Focused – Gallery Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA

2005—The Essence of Self Portraiture – The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

2004—Siegfried and MacLeod – Harbour Gallery, Mississauga, ON

2004—Take Two – Russell Gallery, Peterborough, ON

2003—A Prospective of Works – Latitude 44 Gallery, Toronto, ON

2003—5 Photographers Visions – Eclipse Gallery, Huntsville, ON

2002—Women in Photography International – Photo LA, Los Angelos, CA

2002—Photo Echo – Alliance Francaise de Toronto, Toronto, ON

2002—The World in Miniature – The Edward Carter Gallery, Lewes, DE

2002—DocuLomo – Toronto Photographers Workshop, Toronto, ON

2002—5 Photographers Visions – Eclipse Gallery, Huntsville, ON

2002—Body of Water/Fluide Vital – Luft Gallery, Toronto, ON

2002—Animal Logic – Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ON

2002—Platinum/Platine – The Station Gallery, Whitby, ON

2001—Photographers Forum – Veni Vidi Gallery, Port Perry, ON

2001—From the Collection: Boneless Fish, Soundless Wind, A Story Without Darkness – Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, JP

2001—White – Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ON

2000—Self Portrait – Galeria de Arte Fotografico, San Miguel de Allende, MX

2000—Laundry – Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ON

2000—Platinum/Platine – Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, ON


Aaron Copland House Collection, Cortlandt Manor, NY

Women in Photography International Archive, Beinicke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Ryerson Image Centre, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, ON

Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, JP

In the Media

2021—FotoNostrum Magazine issue No 18, “Life After Life”

2021—Worldwide Photography Gala Awards: 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Portrait Single Honourable Mention

2021—Sarasota County Celebration Centennial Video: “Elizabeth Siegfried and the Box of Memories”

2021—Black & White Magazine, Smartphone (January, Issue 143)

2020—Spider Awards, Fine Art, Architecture

2020—Black & White Magazine, Single Image

2018—Interview on Arts R Us about CIRCUS!, Hunters Bay Radio, Huntsville, ON

2018—Interview with Wei Chen about CIRCUS!, Ontario Morning, CBC, Toronto, ON

2018—Series of Dreams, edited by Russell Joslin, Skeleton Key Press, Minneapolis, MN

2017—CBC Arts: Exhibitionists, “How this photographer turned her grandmother’s 1940s circus films into multigenerational project”, Toronto, ON

2017—PhotoEd Magazine, “Real and Imagined Landscapes”, Toronto, ON

2016—Herald Tribune Ticket, “Elizabeth Siegfried and the Box of Memories”, Sarasota, FL

2016—The Observer, “Ringling back lot photos give new perspective of the circus”, Sarasota, FL 2016—SRQ Magazine, “Cirque d’histoire”, Sarasota, FL

2016—West Coast Woman, “Scenes of Sarasota and the Ringling Bros. Circus in the 1940s”, Sarasota, FL

2016—Black & White Magazine, “Looking Forward – Looking Back” (June, Issue 115)

2015—Shadow & Light Magazine, “Cards Without Words” (May/June)

2013—Cottage Life Magazine, “The Last Picture Show”, Toronto, ON

2011—Open to Interpretation: Water’s Edge, Minneapolis, MN

2011—The Huntsville Forester, “Termina Explores Life, Family and the Cottage”, Huntsville, ON

2011—Cogeco Television Interview about Termina, Huntsville, ON

2011—Light Leaks 19 issue: Secrets, Toronto, ON

2010—Shots Issue No. 107: Smoke & Mirrors (Spring), Minneapolis, MN

2009—Shots Issue No. 103: Water (Spring), Minneapolis, MN

2008—Featured Photographer, Behind the Camera Bravo! TV, Toronto, ON

2007—Profifoto Selection 2007: Patience, (June), DE

2006—Shots Issue No.93: The Animal (Autumn), Minneapolis, MN

2006—Shots Issue No.91: (Spring), Minneapolis, MN

2005—SCHWARZWEISS #46, (June/July), DE 2004—The Women’s Daybook

2005 Cover, Sumach Press, Toronto, ON

2004—La Fotografia Actual Ano 16, Numero 104, Barcelona, ES

2003—The Women’s Daybook 2004, Sumach Press, Toronto, ON

2002—Full-length Online Interview, www.artschools.com

2002—Women in Photography International, PRO Gallery Presentation on WIPI Website

2002—PhotoEd Magazine (Winter), Issue 6, Toronto, ON

2002—Dharma Life (Winter), Birmingham, UK

2002—The Muskokan, “Exhibit explores the dark side of the psyche” (May 23), Bracebridge, ON

2002—Saturday Night (May), Toronto, ON

2002—Orion (spring), Great Barrington, MA

2002—L’express Les signes de vie, (April 18), Toronto, ON

2002—Toronto Star, “Elizabeth Siegfried get serious” (April 18), Toronto ON

2001—Hope Magazine (Summer)

2001—Classical New Jersey Journal, “Photographic Music”, Volume 1, No 18

2001—The Muskokan, “Photographs create intimate narrative” (Winter), Bracebridge, ON

2000—Camera Arts Magazine “A Legacy in Platinum” (December/January) 2001

2000—Interview with Tiffany Brown, City TV, Toronto, ON

2000—Symphony Magazine (September-October), New York, NY

2000—The Muskokan, “Elizabeth Siegfried’s art becomes symphony” (August 17), Bracebridge, ON

1999—The Women’s Daybook 2000, Second Story Press, Toronto, ON

1999—Art Focus, Toronto Review (Summer)

1998—Shutterbug, “Women In Photography” (May)

1997—Art News Reviews (September), NY

1997—The Muskokan, “A photographic journey into the past” (August 7), Bracebridge, ON

1997—Interview with Peter Gzowski, CBC Radio, Toronto, ON

1996—C Magazine (January-March), Toronto, ON