Amee Ellis grew up in the Midwest and currently lives and works in Des Moines, Iowa. She studied fine art photography at Columbia College Chicago, where she learned large format landscape work while also playing with the spontaneity and grit of street photography. Drawn to the versatility and portability of black-and-white roll film, Amee takes a hand-held approach to landscape photography. Her eclectic experience in film photography includes work in a custom photo lab printing large color evidence photographs for legal and courtroom use and, notably, as a darkroom assistant to underwater photographer Karen Glaser.
All of Amee’s photographs are created with film, using a variety of old manual cameras. Her choice of media enables her to slow down and take time to construct an impression of a scene. Discovering the peculiarities of a place inspires her to play with focus and composition, allowing texture, depth, and shape to emerge.
Amee’s work has been a part of diverse exhibitions, including her 2019 solo exhibition, “In Our Nature” at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. She has participated in numerous juried art festivals, including the Des Moines Arts Festival and Art in the Pearl in Portland, Oregon. Amee was a Top 200 finalist in the 2019 Photolucida Critical Mass Jury Review and is currently working on a creative collaboration with the Des Moines Metro Opera.