fine art and documentary photography
© Ellie Ivanova. Missing (2009)
Ellie Ivanova is a Bulgarian-born fine art photographer. With a background in literature, her photographic interest is the experience of memory and the self-fashioning of identity, in both traditional and experimental formats. By making haptic photographs, in which the touch of the artist's hand is included along with the objective capture of the lens, she draws attention to the manipulation of reality by memory and the deliberate construction of myths. She uses processes and conceptual approaches through which images continue to evolve after they have been captured and printed, blurring the edges between the factual and the fictitious.
Ellie holds an MFA in Photography from the University of North Texas. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States in commercial, non-profit and university galleries and are part of the permanent collections of Human Rights Art at South Texas College and Fort Wayne Museum of Art, among others. Along with several creative projects, Ellie leads the Third Eye Workshops, photography workshops for children and youth in Roma communities in Bulgaria whose goal is to empower marginalized children. By gaining tools for visual self expression, they can make their point of view more widely known to society in general.