Elinor Carucci

Elinor Carucci featured in People Magazine's Human Interest section

MFA Photo/Video faculty member Elinor Carucci is featured in People Magazine's Human Interest section for her coverage of the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, WA.

©Elinor Carucci for  People Magazine

©Elinor Carucci for People Magazine

The project follows women participating in the Parenting Residential Program, an organization that’s been in existence since 1999. PRR offers more than a dozen pregnant woman in the minimum-security facility at Gig Harbor the opportunity to keep their children with them until they’re released.

For all of those inmates, including Karen Garcia — who came to prison seven months into her pregnancy — the program has given them a “second chance” to get their lives back on track and raise their babies in a safe environment.

“This program has saved my life,” Garcia tells PEOPLE. “It’s made me into a mother I never could have been if I were out on the streets.”

Elinor Carucci (b. 1971, Jerusalem, Israel) draws inspiration from her personal life to create poignant images that present her most intimate moments, contemplating identity, relationships and the passage of time. Carucci’s work highlights both beautiful and imperfect aspects of the human condition. In this way, her work grapples with the balance of the personal and the universal.

Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.

Elinor Carucci and Marvin Heiferman in "The Space Between" at Julie Saul Gallery

From March 7- April 20, the Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring work by MFA Photo/Video faculty members Elinor Carucci and Marvin Heiferman. "The Space Between" brings together artists across disciplines who portray the many phases of intimate relationships. "The Space Between" refers to both the physical joining of couples as well as the passage of time that unifies them or causes them to drift apart.


Through love and coupling, humans unite and become one, as depicted by many of the artists' works featured in the group show. Form and action stops at the perfect moment of union in Elinor Carucci’s close up of a man and woman as their lips almost meet.

Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design with a degree in photography, and moved to New York that same year. In a relatively short amount of time, her work has been included in an impressive amount of solo and group exhibitions worldwide, solo shows include Edwynn Houk gallery, Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, James Hyman and Gagosian Gallery, London among others and group show include The Museum of Modern Art New York and The Photographers' Gallery, London.

Her photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others and her work appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Details, New York Magazine, W, Aperture, ARTnews and many more publications.


Writer Marvin Heiferman doesn't consider himself an artist outright; however, his passion for photography and keen eye has resulted in many photographs being captured and shared through social media. Heiferman, aka “@whywelook” zooms in on the outline of a man and woman on the subway on his daily commute; combining body language, a tattoo and patterned dress to suggest intimacy.

In addition to being a contributing editor to Art in America, Heiferman has written for numerous museums, galleries, publications, catalogs, blogs, and magazines including The New York Times, Gagosian Gallery, CNN, Artforum, Design Observer, Aperture, and BOMB. Heiferman is the author, editor, and packager of over two dozen books on photography and visual culture, including Photography Changes Everything (Aperture, 2012).

Elinor Carucci at PhotoFairs SF

Faculty member and photographer Elinor Carucci will have her work exhibited through her gallery, Edwynn Houk Gallery, at this year's PhotoFairs SF. Edwynn Houk Gallery, a photography gallery based in New York and Zurich, specializes in masters of twentieth-century photography with an emphasis on the 1920s and 1930s as well as contemporary photography. Representing acclaimed artists such as Sally Mann, Nick Brandt, Joel Meyerowitz, Lee Friedlander and Stephen Shore.


In recent times, Elinor Carucci has recieved much acclaim for her capture used to illustrate the viral story, Cat Person at the New Yorker. When asked about how she created the image and why the choice to use a real couple, she responded:

"I felt it had to be real, maybe because of the kind of photographer I am. My personal work is about the everyday dramas of real life, my own family, my own flaws and ugliness and joy and wonderfulness. I am drawn to photographing real things. In my editorial career—and I’ve been photographing for magazines for twenty years—I’ve learned that fashion and beauty is not what I want to do, and not where I’m strong. When you bring me into a real situation, a family or a couple, that’s where I work best. Also, practically, I knew these people would have to kiss in different ways for hours! I don’t know how I could have made two models do it."

To read more about her work behind the image, please click here.

PhotoFairs San Francisco, the cutting edge contemporary art fair dedicated to the photographic medium returns to the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason in San Francisco from Thursday, February 22nd - Sunday, February 25, 2018. The fair's international focus and boutique curation create an excellent environment to discover and collect innovative works of art. The Event will feature public talks programs, featured exhibitions and artist book signings.

For more information, please click here.