A fine art and commercial photographer, Jill began with a focus on still lives and landscapes using a variety of alternative process techniques for which she has achieved world-wide recognition. This work is showcased in her first book, “Photo Imaging: A Complete Guide to Alternative Processes” which won the Golden Light Award for Best Technical Book of 2002. Ten years ago, with a custom built portable darkroom, Jill began making wet plate collodion portraits of immigrants who came to New York City from around the world. As a protest against the profiling and prejudice, Jill tributes the “New Americans” who enrich the hosting culture with their own foreign experience. The resulting body of work is to be a section in her new book, “Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Procesess: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques” published by Focal Press and has a Summer 2013 store date. This will coincide with a 3 month exhibition on Ellis Island as part of the opening of a new wing of their museum.
Jill has taught handcoloring and non-silver techniques at schools in New York City and across the country as well as Scandanavia, Europe and South America. Her personal work is in collections and has appeared in many magazines throughout the world. Jill’s commercial clients include Fortune Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Kodak, Hasselblad, Nikon, Penguin Putnam, Inc., St. Martin’s Press, LIFE, and many others. Her personal work has appeared in Camera Art’s, Hasselblad’s FORUM Magazine, Nikon World, Camera & Darkroom Techniques, ZOOM, Shutterbug, PDN and others. Jill’s work was one of 42 images selected from thousands on file with the city through the HERE IS NEW YORK Archive to commemorate the fifth anniversary of 911. Jill has been a “Legend Behind the Lens” for Nikon, a representative for Lowepro and SanDisk and is on the board of Freestyle Photographics.
To see a 2 minute quick time video of Jill making a wet plate collodion portrait, search Jill Enfield on youtube.com
To see more work, go to: wwww.jillenfield.com
From one of Jill's students:
"Jill Enfield is a fantastic master photographer. She has a confidence and ability in the medium that allows a free experimentation throughout the workshop process. Not only did I learn the technical process of the tintype in a step by step procedure but Jill shares several tips that only an experienced photographer would have knowledge of. As well as an in depth view of the physical process of the tintype, Jill has a pool of knowledge in photography as a whole that makes it the ideal workshop for photographers / artists alike."
- Paula Naughton