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 in Brooklyn, Elizabeth Waterman is a fine art 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, ROX Gallery and Olson-Irwin (Sydney).

Born in Taos, New Mexico, Ms. Waterman�s qualifications include a BA in Fine Art from the University of Southern California.


– 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)