New Orleans based photographer Elena Ricci received honors for her fine art and editorial portfolios from New England School of Photography, and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of New Orleans. She is currently employed as a cultural resource technician and travels across the state of Louisiana undertaking archaeological projects. Her photographic and research work have been featured, published, and presented in numerous literary reviews, magazines, and academic summits, and her images from select archaeological excavations are archived at the Library of Congress. .
Ricci’s photography is informed by her anthropological background- material culture, liminality, natural and human made environments, and identity all play significant roles in the conceptualization of her personal, collaborative, and commissioned projects. Her current client list includes Garden and Gun, New Orleans Magazine, Defend New Orleans, New West Records, State Historic Preservation Office, and Preservation in Print. She has exhibited at Ogden Museum of Art, Louisiana State Museum, and Martine Chaisson Gallery.
As an ongoing collaboration, Ricci makes up one third of the female photo collective Southerly Gold. Southerly Gold was most recently included in the Louisiana Contemporary exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and they have shown work at The Grand Maltese Gallery, New Orleans Public Library, UNO St. Claude Gallery and in conjunction with PhotoNOLA. They are recipients of the 2016 Platforms Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, and are the newest members of Good Children Gallery.