Captivated by Caravaggio’s use of light, Francesca Woodman’s fearless self-examination, Duane Michals’ text and sequences and David Lebe’s light painting, Elena Bouvier is a Philadelphia, PA -based creative working with artist books, photography, drawing, digital, non-silver and intaglio printmaking. Ms. Bouvier has studied with a diverse mix of artists and thinkers; Professor Gottfried Jaeger, David Graham, Hedi Kyle, Thomas Carabasi, and Dr. Janet A. Kaplan. Ms. Bouvier earned an AST in photography from Antonelli Institute, a BFA in photography from Moore College of Art and Design and an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts. She is also a Fulbright Fellowship recipient to Germany.
Ms. Bouvier has been published in Down Beat, Jazz Times, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other local and national publications. She has exhibited across the United States, and her work is held in the collections of The Newark Public Library, University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, Print and Picture Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Chemical Heritage Foundation and Museum, as well as numerous private collections. Elena actively shares her work on FaceBook, BackSpac.es and Flickr’.
The summer of 2012, Elena made an edition of 150 signed and numbered fine art digital prints of her photograph, "A Great Day in Philadelphia 2012" as gifts for the musicians present for the celebration and proclamation of Jazz Appreciation Day 2012. The photograph of 170+ jazz musicians gathered in front John Coltrane's home, now a National Historic Landmark, on April 13, 2012, is part of an effort to raise awareness and funds for the renovation and preservation of Philadelphia's jazz heritage.
Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit that aids Philadelphia-area jazz and blues musicians in crisis, and the Philadelphia Jazz Coalition asked Elena to photograph the event because of her historical image "A Great Day in Philadelphia," which she made in 1995 as a photographer with the Philadelphia Weekly.