San Francisco-based artist Christine Elfman explores the constancy of change through photography, painting, and film. Originally 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 19th century photographic processes, as an intern for photographer France Scully Osterman, and then in her own wet-plate collodion studio in Rochester, NY. While there, she also worked with historic collections as a preparator at the George Eastman House, and as a photographer at the University of Rochester Library’s Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
Elfman has been awarded the San Francisco Artist Award, The San Francisco Foundation Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship, Graduate Merit Scholarship at CCA, and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists Career Development Fellowship. She was artist in residence at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, New York and received the Faculty Medal of Art from the Cornell Art Department. Currently, she teaches photography at San Francisco Art Institute and lives on a boat on San Francisco Bay.