is a living American photographer. He began taking photographs in his early childhood when his parents gave him a Kodak Brownie camera. His work resides in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Center for Creative Photography, The Denver Art Museum, and numerous museums and private collections. In the early part of his career Mr. McDowell understudied with Ansel Adams at his Yosemite summer programs, learning and extracting the fundamentals of Fine Art Photography on film. In the early 1970’s Laura Gilpin in Santa Fe, New Mexico tutored him. Nearly half of his vast portfolio is ‘straight’ shots on film, which still reside as some of his most collected works.
Later however, with the advent of Digital Photography, McDowell transitioned into a whole new creative realm, embracing a world of excitement and newfound possibility in the making of ‘Digital Composites’. It is in this ‘Composite World’ that McDowell’s character and visual wit have played out to the delight of his followers, collectors, and gallery owners.
McDowell’s work has always been a bit hard to categorize because he covers a spectrum of subjects well beyond where most artists live. But the one thing that seams his work together and immediately makes him recognizable – is the mystical and whimsical character that forms the essence of his images.
Elliott McDowell lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work is exhibited both here and abroad and is widely published in books containing various bodies of his collected works.