Elliott Kaufman's career path is unique but has always revolved
around interior and architectural motives. When he began shooting in the mid 70's his
orientation was toward the fine arts. Kaufman developed ideas for
site-specific photomurals and wall art much before this concept became an
mainstream art venue. He was able to work in this capacity with corporate
industrial clients such as Westinghouse, General Electric, Warner Brothers
and The Walt Disney Company.
He then exhibited this work in such venues as
in The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American Institute of
Architects, The Light Gallery in New York, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. A New York State Council on the Arts grant led to the exhibit "Murals for Astor Place and its
Environs" at the Houghton Gallery of the Cooper Union for the
Advancement of Science and Art. He won a competition jointly sponsored by
the Port Authority of New York and The New York Public Art fund, where
he was awarded the commission to create a 35' x 45' public art mural
outside of the Holland Tunnel.
His twenty-something years of shooting architecture and design allowed him to work with a full range of firms that have been prized for their vision and abilities and
include Davis Brody Bond Architects, FX Fowle Architects, Gwathmey Siegel Architects, Hardy
Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, HLW International, Kohn Pederson Fox, Mitchell Guirgola Architects, Perkins Eastman Architects and Swanke
Hayden Connell and Associates.
His work has been published in virtually all of the finest design magazines both nationally and internationally including Elle Decor, Town and Country, NY Spaces, Inside/Outside (India), World Space Design ( Japan), CreeArchitecure ( France) and Der Speigel
(Germany). ( Chronology enclosed ).
Kaufman also devotes significant time to personal projects. His series on the Panama Canal was published as a six page photo essay in the May
2003 Architectural Record. His Broadway Walk series was featured in
Architecture Magazine in the Fall of 2002. A 2007 solo exhibition of new personal work of the "Abandoned" series as well as the Panama Canal series was shown at B.Thayer Associates in New York. The Abandoned series was also a cover feature in View Camera Magazine in the July/August 2006 issue as well as being a feature story in the February 2009 Double Exposure Magazine.
I will be in a group show at Soho Photo opening on March 3, 2009 featuring work that has been done using a pinhole camera. As well, a singular work will be part of a juried exhibition at the Biggs Museum of Art in Dover, Delaware opening March 6, 2009. Also in March I am part of a juried group show at the Cepa Gallery at the University of Buffalo.
There will be a one person exhibition at the Museo de Arte Acarigua Araure in Venezuela during the Spring of 2010.
Current teaching assignments include advanced photography II + III at Queens College and architectural photography as photo essay at the International Center of Photography.