Honorable Mention / 2020 / Fine Art / People

Dark Angels 2020

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    Elizabeth Waterman
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For the last three years, I have spent most of my Saturday nights in strip clubs across the USA, photographing and building a rapport with these dancers. Popular perception have long characterized these clubs as dens of depravity, and the reality certainly has some hard edges. We live in the midst of the #MeToo movement, in a time of social introspection. “Dark Angels” is a powerful medium through which viewers can consider not just the fascinating, under-documented American subculture of strippers, but also the range of connotations attached to it and the complexity of their own responses.

Based bicoastally in Los Angeles and New York City, Elizabeth Waterman is a portrait and fashion photographer.

Her clients have included MS Magazine and fashion designers Elie Tahari, Marc Jacobs, and Alex and Ani.

Her distinctive images, which define the spirit of her generation’s emergence and transformation, have been featured in shows at the old Limelight Church/Jue Lan Club (NYC), Wallplay (NYC), and Olson-Irwin (Sydney). Online, her works have been included in auctions on the website artnet, and showcased on L’Oeil de La Pho


– Prix de la Photographie (PX3) 2018; Gold Winner in the Documentary Category, Silver Winner in the People Category, and Honorable Mention

– 16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest, Photo of the Day, Editor’s Pick (September 21, 2018)