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BIO

Ellen Cantor was born in Chicago, Illinois and lives in Southern California. She graduated from the University of Illinois and UCLAX Environmental Design Program. She studied photography at Santa Fe Workshops, Maine Media and The Los Angeles Center of Photography .

Her images are about time, loss, and memory. By photographing and re-contextualizing precious mementos she has sought to understand how life proceeds and then, ultimately, disappears. She documents the artifacts of the past in order to enrich her present. 

Her work examines how families archive and pass down memories from generation to generation. This work responds to a universally relatable experience, of sifting through the items left behind, determining how to incorporate our inheritance.

Most of her work is photographed in the studio to allow her maximum opportunity to explore the momentos that are most precious to her.

Ellen hope is that her photographs offer answers to a basic question—“What does our past mean to us--as individuals, as families, and as a community?”

She is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association, Gallery 825 and the 2015 recipient of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Fine Art. Her photographs have been exhibited in Europe, Asia and the United States. 

Honors include: Critical Mass 200 in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Ellen received Honorable Mentions in the following exhibits: “Play” at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery,”TPS2,” at the Texas Photographic Society and “Tribe” at the Lightbox Photographic Gallery.

Her work has appeared on these ezines: Lenscratch.com, f-stopmagazine.com, fractionmagazine.com, rfotofolio.com and Silvershotz.

In 2016, she exhibited at the Dina Mitrani Gallery, Cob Gallery’s 10 Castle Street Gallery, UK, The Los Angeles Center of Photography, Texas Photographic Society, Vermont Center for Photography and the Berlin Foto Biennale and USC Hoyt Gallery at USC School of Medicine among others.

In 2017, Ellen had solo exhibitions at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Co, The Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC, dnj gallery, Los Angeles and the Italian Cultural Exchange between Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 and ART 1307, Cultural Institution, Naples, Italy and The Palos Verdes Malaga Cove Library Gallery. Ellen was also included in many other group shows including the Jerusalem Biennale, South Bay Focus at the Torrance Art Museum and the Open Show 2017 at the Los Angeles Art Association.

In 2018, Ellen will be exhibiting at the grand opening of dnj gallery, Santa Monica, SBC/SOLA Gallery, Los Angeles, The Loft Gallery, San Pedro, CA, LAAA/Gallery 825, Gallery 1307, Naples Italy and www.mydailyphotograph.com

ELLEN CANTOR
 AWARDS  
   
 2018  Silver Medal Award, San Francisco Bay International Photo Show, Jurors: Debra Klomp Ching, Aline Smithson, David Garnick
 2016 Third Place, William J. McLaughlin Award for Photography, "21st Annual Art Exhibition at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital" Jurors: Stacie Brennan, Ernel Martinez, Lisa Murch
  Photolucida Critical Mass 200
  Honorable Mention, "Play" LAMAG Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA; Juror: Scott Canty
  Honorable Mention, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Tribe Exhibit, 1938/1965; 1945/1970 from Family; Juror: Blue Mitchell
  Director's Award, TPS 25 International Exhibit; Director: Amy Holmes George
 2015 Julia Margaret Cameron Gala Award for Women Photographers; Juror: Laura Noble; Winner of Fine Art Competition
  Review Santa Fe
  Photolucida Critical Mass 200
  Honorable Mention, Center for Fine Art Photography, Still Life Exhibit: Bouquet,  Filled With Memories; Juror: Del Zogg
2014 Honorable Mention, Center for Fine Art Photography, Still Life Exhibit: Memories; Juror: Rebecca Senf
2013 1st prize Digital Expressions Category, Art Ability Exhibition, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Alice in Wonderland
2012 2nd Prize photography, 2012 Art Ability Exhibition, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, They Told Me I Had Scoliosis
  Director’s Award, A Smith Gallery, Imagination: They Told Me I Had Scoliosis
2003 2nd prize winner, Show and Contemporary IV International Juried Art Exhibition, Betterphoto.com
  1st prize, Small Treasures Juried Exhibition, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

 
 
2018

Dichotomy, dnj gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Curator: Pamela Schoenberg

Prior Pleasures, West Hollywood Library, West Hollywood, CA, Curator: Michael Che

2017 Time and Memory: In Conversation, Malaga Cove Library Art Gallery, Palos Verdes Estates, Curator: Ketzie Diaz 
  Prior Pleasures, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Curator: Hamidah Glasgow
  Prior Pleasures, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, Curator: Paula Tognarelli  
  Prior Pleasures, dnj gallery, Los Angeles, Curator: Pamela Schoenberg
  In Other Words, Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Curator: Ashleigh Payne 
  Prior Pleasures, Palos Verdes Central Library, Curator: Ketzie Diaz
2016 Unorthodox Anatomy, Hoyt Gallery at USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA; Curator: Ted Meyer 
2015 Prior Pleasures, Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA; Curator: Martha De Perez
2014 Unorthodox Anatomy, Zask Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA; Curator: Peggy Zask
2011-2012 Unorthodox Anatomy, Gallery 339, San Pedro, CA; Curator: Lauren Kilgore
2010 Dichotomy/Perception, Bergamont Station Cafe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2009 Dichotomy, Studio 339, San Pedro, CA; Curator: Lauren Kilgore
2004 Beyond Vision, The Loft, San Pedro, CA
2003 Light and Motion, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA
  Color and Motion, Menzie International, Los Angeles, CA
   
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS  
   
 2018 What's New?, dnj gallery, Santa Monica, CA, Curator: Pamela Schoenberg
  CA 101 2018; Redondo Beach, CA Curator: Nina Zak Laddon
  Don’t Shoot Me Down! Shock Boxx Gallery, Hermosa Beach, CA, Curator: Peggyy Zask
 

Not Always So, The Loft Studios and Art Gallery, San Pedro, Juror: Scott Canty

  Bunk, Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, Juror; Alix Sloan, Sloan Fine Art
  Flashpoints: A Collective Response, MuzeuMM, Los Angeles, Curator: Georgia Freedman Harvey and Anne Hromadka
  Bread and Salt, Hillel, USC, Los Angeles, Curator: Georgia Freedman-Harvey
  Fresh, SBC/SOLA Gallery, Los Angeles, Curator: Fatemeh Burnes and Peter Frank
  Not Always So, The Loft Studios and Art Gallery, San Pedro, Juror: Scott Canty
2017 Open Show 2017, Los Angeles Art Association, Juror: Anna Katz, Assistant Curator MOCA
  South Bay Focus 2017, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, Curator: Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett
  The Creative Portrait, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, Juror: Ann Jastrab
  Celebrating the Creative Process, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror: Kat Kiernan
  Ambiguous Realities, ART1307 Cultural Institution, Napoli – Italy, Curator: Cynthia Penna
  Personal Vacations, LAAA Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Chris Davies
  Phenomena, Neutra Gallery, Glendale, CA, Southern California Womans Caucus For Art
  Neighborhood Girls + Feminine Group Show, Hive Galery, Los Angeles, CA, Curator: Ellen Schinderman
  Cut It Out, Art Share, Los Angeles, CA, Jurors: Shana Nys Dambrot, Heidi Johnson, and Rick Robinson
  FRESH, SBC: SOLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Jurors: Fatemeh Burnes and Peter Frank
  WATERSHED, Jerusalem Biennale, Jerusalem, Israel, Curators: Anne Hromadka and Georgia Freedman Harvey
  Ambiguous Realities, Italian Cultural Exchange, Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, Los Angeles; Curator: Cynthia Penna 
 2016 Size Matters, Medium Festival of Photography, Low Gallery, San Diego, CA; Juror: Allie Haeusslein, Diretor Pier 24, San Francisco, CA  
  Ayeka, Valley Beth Sholom, Encino, CA, Curator: Anne Hromadka 
  Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, PA 
  Cob Gallery: 10 Castle Street, Dorset, UK; Curator: Cassie Beadle; Director: Victoria Williams 
  PLAY” 2016 Open Call at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, Juror: Scott Canty
  The Curated Fridge, Yorgos Efthymiadis, Director, Curator: Paula Torgnarelli, Director, Griffin Museum of Photography
  CA101, Redondo Beach Art Group, Redondo Beach, Curator: Nina Zak Laddon
  First Annual Fine Art Exhibit, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, Juror: Hamidah Glasgow, Director, The Center for Fine Art Photography,
  The Lives of Books, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Miami, FL, Curator: Dina Mitrani
  TPS 25: The International Competition, Texas Photographic Society, Alpine TX, Juror: Rixon Reed, Director, Photo-Eye, Santa Fe, NM
  Tribe, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR, Juror: Blue Mitchell, founder One Twelve Publishing; Honorable Mention
  2016 Open Juried Exhibition, Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT, Juror: Paula Torgnarelli, Director, Griffin Museum of Photography
 2015 Scarred For Life: Remnants of Trauma into Objects of Beauty, Virginia Teach Carillon School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA, Curator: Ted Meyer
  2nd Annual Open Call Juried Exhibition, Peter Miller Fine Art, Providence, RI, Juror: Paula Torgnarelli, Director, Griffin Museum of Photography
  Keepsakes, Davis Orton Gallery, Portfolio "I Can Only Remember What I Don't Forget," Hudson, NY, Curator: Karen Davis
  Still Life, Center For Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror: Del Zogg    
  Jerusalem Biennale 2015, Jerusalem, Israel, Jurors: Anne Hromadka and Georgia Freedman-Harvey
  Los Angeles/Jerusalem Biennale 2015, Hillel USC, Los Angeles, CA, Jurors: AnneHromadka and Georgia Freedman-Harvey
  CA 101, Redondo Beach Art Group; Redondo Beach, CA; Curator: Nina Zak Laddon
  Review Santa Fe, CENTER, Santa Fe, NM,
  Bound and Unbound III,University Libraries, University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD; Juror: Sandra Brooke
  Photo Independent, Los Angeles, CA; Curator: Julia Dean and Sarah Hadley
  small time, Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825; Los Angeles, CA; Curator: Chris McCall
  Common Goods, Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC, Jurors: Jonathan Brilliant, Joyce Watkins, Matt McConnell
  Marvelous Things: The Art of Still Life, PhotoPlace, Middlebury, Vt., Juror: Aline Smithson
  Beyond Words, Contemporary Book Art, Foothill Gallery, Golden CO, Juror: Alicia Bailey
  The Art of Our Consumption, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO, Juror: Roscoe Wilson
2014 Visual Mixtape, Los Angeles Center for Photography, Los Angeles, CA
  Still Life, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; Juror: Dr. Rebecca Senf
  Yeosu International Art Festival and 5th International Biennale, Artsonje Center, Seoul,Korea; Curator: Sun-jung Kim
  All Themes Considered, South Bay Contemporary, Rolling Hills Estates, CA; Juror: Scott Canty
  CA101 2014, South Gallery, Redondo Beach, CA; Curator: Nina Zak Laddon
  Center Forward 2014, Center For Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; Curator: Hamidah Glasglow, Director
  First Annual Members’ Show, Los Angeles Center for Photography, Los Angeles, CA ; Juror: Paul Kopeikin
  Prior Pleasures, HaleARTS Space, Santa Monica, CA; Curator: Michael Hale
  Abracadabra, Myth, Magic & Monsters, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA; Curator: Anne Hromadka
  Alternate Realities II, Arena Gallery, Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Curator: Aline Smithson
 2013  Alternate Realities, Los Angeles Center for Photography, Los Angeles, CA; Curator: Aline Smithson
  In Motion, South Bay Lexus, Torrance, CA; Curator: Max Presneill, Curator Torrance Art Museum
  South Bay Focus, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Curator: James MacDevitt, Curator Cerritos College
  Art Ability, 2013, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, PA; Coordinator: Rachel McCay
  Curiouser and Curiouser, Photographic Dreams and Fiction, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT; Curator: Blue Mitchell, Editor Diffusion Magazine
  Annual Juried Show, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA; Curator: Sylvia White
  The Photographic Self, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; Curator: Carla Williams
  Gleaming Apollo, LAAA/Gallery 825, LA, CA; Curator: Shula Nazarian
  Creative Powers: Selections from Art Ability, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE; Curator: Susana Saunders
  Anatomies, Galerie Nadine Feront, Brussels, Belgium; Curator: Hadelin Feront
  Memories, WUHO Gallery, LA, CA; Curators: Lesley Krane, MFA, Associate Professor of Photography at CSUN and Niku Kashef, MFA, President of SCWCA
 2012 Visual Variations, Platt/Borstein Gallery, American Jewish University, LA, CA Curators: Judy Miller and Beverly Kurtz [3 person exhibition]
  Back To Back: 6 images from “Unorthodox Anatomy” UCLA Learning Resource Center,LA, CA; Curator: Ted Meyer
  All Media Juried Show, Los Angeles Art Association, LA, CA; Curator: Rebecca Morse, LACMA
  The Next: Emerging LA Artists, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, LA, CA; Curator: Aline Smithson
  South Bay Focus 2012, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Curator: Grace Kook-Anderson, Laguna Art Museum
  L’aura borealis, 100 Ways to View the Muse, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA; Curator: Bondo Wyszploski, Editor of Easy Reader
  Alternative Realities, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT; Juror: Laura Moya
  Out There, LAAA/825, June, Curators: William Escalera and Francisco George
  Imagination, A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Curator: Aline Smithson
  Off the Hook, PS Zask Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA, Curator: Peggy Zask
  International Show, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA; Juror: Isabelle Lutterodt
  TPS20-The International Competition, Texas Photographic Society, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX; Juror: Arno Rafael Minkkinen
 2010 Nature Revisited, MaGriffe Gallery, San Pedro, CA [2 person exhibition]
 2009 Photography, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA; Curator: Phil Lohmann
  Aurora 2009, Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, LA, CA
  All-Media Library Exhibition, Palos Verdes Library, Palos Verdes, CA
  Goddess of Love, Los Angeles Art Association/ Gallery 825, LA, CA; Juror: Andi Campognone
 2008 Novella, Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, LA, CA; Juror: Meg Linton, Director, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design
  Juried Show, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA; Juror: Barry Krammes
 2007 Blooms, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Bridges Gallery, Los Angeles City Hall,LA, CA; Curator: Mary Oliver and Jacqueline Draeger
  Art International, A Fine Art Fair, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Pasadena Center,Pasadena, CA; Curator: Scott Canty
  Healing: A Contemporary View, Galerie Lakaye in conjunction with The Craft and Folk Art Museum, LA, CA; Curator: Carine Fabius, Galerie Lakaye
  Abstraction, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; Juror: Gary Chassman
 2006 Photography, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA; Curator: Scott Canty and Phil Lohmann
  New Works, TAG, LA, CA; Juror: Laddie John Dill
  All Media Exhibition, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, Juror: Mike McGee
  Pure and Nimble, Gallery 825, LA, CA; Juror: Kristi Engle
 2005 Looking At Art, City of Los Angeles, Ontario International Airport, Ontario, CA
  Celebrate, Flash Gallery, Signal Hill, CA
  Art in the Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula Library, Palos Verdes, CA
  City of Los Angeles Municipal Juried Show, Barnsdall Park, LA, CA
  Gallery 825 Southern California Juried Show, LA, CA; Juror: Wesley Jessup
 2004 Petite Works, Gallery 825 Annex, Bergamont Station, LA, CA
  White Planes, Gallery 825, LA, CA
  Spectra ’04, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, Juror: Barbara Hitchcock, Curator and Cultural Affairs Director, Polaroid Corporation
  10th Annual National Juried Photo Competition, Texas Artists Museum, Port Arthur, TX; Juror: Brandon Gouthier
  On Site at the Gate 2004, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA; Juror: Meg Linton
  National Juried Art Show, Farmington Museum, Farmington, NM; Juror: Christopher Cook;Curator, Sioux City Art Center
  Texas National, 2004 Exhibition, Nacogdoches, TX; Juror: Ed Moses
 2003 4 Women, 4 Visions II, Malaga Cove Library, Palos Verdes Estates, Palos Verdes, CA
  Made In America, Second City Council, Long Beach, CA; July; Juror: Darlene de Angelo,Curator Huntington Beach Art Center
  America, Second City Council, Long Beach, CA; Juror: Wesley Jessup, Executive Director,Pasadena Museum of California Art
  On Site at the Gate 2003, Angels Gate Annual All-Media, San Pedro, CA
  All California Juried Exhibition, San Pedro, CA; Juror: Jay Belloli, Director of Gallery Programs, Armory Center for the Arts
  Hats Off, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA; Curator: Scott Canty
  Open National Exhibit, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA; Juror: Suzanne Muchnic, Art writer, Los Angeles Times
  Women’s Festival of the Arts, The Second City Council, Long Beach, CA; Juror: Ruth Weisberg, Dean of Fine Arts, USC
  New Photography Exhibition, LA County Fair, Pomona, CA; Juror: Paul Bielenberg, Steve Thomas, Curator of Collections, UCR/Cal Museum of Photography; Sheila Pinkel, Pomona College, Jack Butler, Cal State LA
2002 New Photography Exhibition, LA County Fair, Pomona, CA; Juror: Mark Johnston, Artist, Anne Lyden, Asst. Curator, J Paul Getty, LA, Victor Raphael, Artist, Lary Wiese
  Small Treasures Juried Exhibition, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA; Juror: Michelle DePuy Leavitt
2001 Four Women, Four Visions, Malaga Cove Library, Palos Verdes Estates, CA
  All Media Juried Exhibition, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA; Juror: Joni Gordon, Director Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles
ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS
 
 
 2018 Your Daily Photograph, Curators: Osceola Refetoff and Shana Nys Dambrot 
  3rd Annual Fine Art Exhibit Expanding Boundaries, Los Angeles Center of Photography
 2017 Alternative Reality, Float Photo Magazine, Ashley Kauschinger
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BIBLIOGRAPHY & PRESS  
   
 2018 Muzeé Magazine, Issue 20 Motion, August 2018
  Voyage LA Magazine www.voyageLA.com
  SHUTR Magazine“Manipulations” www.shutr.photo; article about Prior Pleasures
 2017 Easy Reader, “Slipping Under the Covers…and glancing between the lines with Ellen Cantor" by Bondo Wyszpolski, February 16, 2017
 2016 This Week Blog, The Beauty of Childhood Books, August 10, 2016, http://theweek.com/captured/640321/vintage-beauty-childhood-books
 2015

Slate/Behold Blog, Mesmerizing Photos That Capture the Thrill of Reading, Sept. 2, 2015 – Read