Biography

Throughout her career, Elinor Carucci (b. 1971, Jerusalem, Israel), has drawn endless inspiration from her personal life to create poignant images that present her most intimate moments. Carucci’s work contemplates identity, relationships and the passage of time. She pays close attention to detail and highlights both beautiful and imperfect aspects of the human condition. In this way, her work grapples with the dichotomy of the personal and the universal. Carucci constructs images with dramatic lighting and careful compositions, adding theatricality to these predominantly candid scenes. These formal choices are meant to heighten the emotional response to the photographs, effectively immersing her viewers into the scene.

Carucci manages to develop a coherency across her unique series. She remains attuned to the broad range of emotions experienced at different stages of her life. In her first series Closer (2002), Carucci documents her closest personal relationships. She approaches this theme directly, centering her parents, her husband and herself as her subjects. While these scenes are staged, Carucci’s relationship to her subjects fosters the sense of authenticity palpable in each image. In Diary of a Dancer (2005), Carucci continued to draw from her personal experiences, this time as a Middle Eastern professional dancer working as the entertainment for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. Like other examples of Carucci’s work, images from this series emphasize the liveliness and delight she experienced, while others are imbued with darkness and vulnerability.

Carucci’s most extensive series, Mother (2013), chronicles the lives of her twin children, beginning with her pregnancy through their eighth year. These images retain the intimacy and even sensuality that she explored in earlier series as she underscores the everyday messy and tender moments of parenting. Mother, documents the relationship between two siblings, the shifting role of a mother as her children grow up, and the ephemerality of childhood.

While motherhood remains at the core of this work, Carucci also confronts notions of personal identity as an Israeli immigrant. These images present a shift towards Carucci’s own groundedness in New York City through her children, as they stroll through the streets of the city, play in playgrounds, and bicker on street corners. By photographing the everyday lives of her kids, Carucci reveals the ways in which her children, as American born citizens, have come to shape her own identity as American.

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 shows 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. 

 She was awarded the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award for Young Photographer in 2001, The Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and NYFA in 2010. Carucci has published two monographs to date, Closer, Chronicle Books 2002 and Diary of a Dancer, SteidlMack 2005. Carucci currently teaches at the graduate program of photography at School of Visual Arts and is represented by INSTITUTE artist management. 

In the winter of 2013/2014 Prestel Publishing published her third monograph, Mother, that show 9 years of her motherhood project. A show of this work was exhibited at Edwynn Houk Gallery in NYC in March, 2014.