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Other: Ellen I. Susan 
Born:  US, MI, Detroit
Active:  US
Contemporary American photographer who has used the wet collodion process to record American soldiers.

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Soldier Portraits - Artist Statement
The wet collodion process was the primary photographic method from the 1850s through the 1880s, encompassing the dates of the American Civil War. The men and women photographed for the Soldier Portraits project are members of the U.S. Army based in Southeast Georgia. Most have deployed to Iraq one to three times since 2003. Many are in Iraq now.
The necessarily long exposures of this process often result in an intensity of gaze, and the grainless, highly detailed surface brings out minute details of each individual. These attributes, combined with the historical military associations made me feel that the process could be a meaningful way to photograph contemporary soldiers ‹ to provide a counterpoint to the anonymous representations seen in newspapers and on television. I wanted to produce physically enduring, visually arresting images of people who are being sent repeatedly into a war zone.
1993 Rhode Island School of Design, MFA
1991 Massachusetts College of Art, BFA
Solo Exhibitions
2008 "Soldier Portraits", Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
2007 "Soldier Portraits", New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2005 "Photographs", 18 Erie Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
Group Exhibitions
2008 "Portraiture: 8 Photographers", Cherrylion Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2008 "Into the Ether", Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
2008 "Exposures", Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA
2008 "Soldier Portraits", Mini-solo show, Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, GA
2008 Julia Miles Theater (2 person), New York, NY
2005 RISD Works (2 person), Providence, RI
2005 "Members Exhibition", Camera Club of New York, New York, NY
2004 "Juried Members Exhibition", Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
Public Collections
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans. LA
Rhode Island School of Design, RI

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Soldier Portraits 
A photographic study of soldiers in the United States Army by Ellen Susan. The photographs are made using the 150 year old collodion wet plate process. 
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