• 2017–2019, Royal College of Art, London, MA Photography (Distinction)
  • 2016–2017, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Art & Image History 
  • 2011–2015, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen, BA Art History & Book Science

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2020, Plexus, Palazzo Rasponi 2, Ravenna, IT (27 Sept–9 Oct)
  • 2020, Plexus, Galleria Civica Cavour, Photo Open Up, Padua, IT (25 Sept–25 Oct)
  • 2014, Rituals, Galerie Morgenrot, Berlin, DE

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • International Photo Festival Leiden, Leiden, NL (upcoming, TBC) 
  • Inwards, Photo Fringe Brighton, Virtual Exhibition (3–31 Oct)
  • Hurry Up Please It’s Time, Seen Fifteen Gallery, London, UK  (9–26 Sept)
  • False Memory, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby, UK (6 Aug–14 Nov)
  • Plexus, PHMuseum Photography Grant, Projection, Verzasca Foto Festival, Frasco, CH
  • Inwards, MassisolationFORMAT, Projection, Auckland Festival of Photography, Auckland, NZ
  • Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Imaging Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, JP
  • Sony World Photography Awards, Virtual Exhibition
  • With Monochrome Eyes, Borough Road Gallery, London, UK
  • Paradies, Museum der Verbandsgemeinde Eich, Gimbsheim, DE
  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London, UK

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
  • New Talents, The Photographic Exploration Project, Tête Space, Berlin, DE
  • Statement of Being, Deptford Does Art, London, UK
  • Homeland, Revolv Collective, Take Courage Gallery, London, UK
  • Homeland, SeeMeOn 29,Sofia Art Week, Sofia, BG
  • The AOP Student Awards Exhibition, Wex Photo Video, London, UK
  • RCA Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • In Repeat, Photoeast Fringe, Frameworkshop & Gallery, Ipswich, UK
  • Ginnel Foto Fest, Ipswich, UK
  • Offprint, Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, London, UK
  • Hot Sheet, Downstairs at The Department Store, London, UK
  • Alarum, Ardesia Projects, Landesvertretung Baden-Württemberg, Tiergarten, Berlin, DE
  • Fragmentation, Coningsby Gallery, London, UK
  • Intro:spective, Revolv Collective, Seen Fifteen Gallery, London, UK
  • New Femininity, Curated by Girls, Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, NL
  • Envisioning Other Worlds, Bow Arts, London, UK

  • RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • European Month of Photography: Emerging Artists, BBA Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • Rapture, Aeon Gallery, Illinois, US
  • Family of No Man, Cosmos Books, Arles, FR
  • Photography Project Space, Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • One Year Revolv, Revolv Collective,  Safe House 1, London, UK
  • Offprint, Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, London, UK
  • MIA Photo Fair, with Luisa Catucci Gallery, Milan, IT
  • Work in Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK

  • Trash cans for hearts and people have no soul, Fotofestiwal, Łódź, PL
  • Still Lives: Honouring the Dead, Gallery X, Dublin, IE
  • La peau de l'ours, Galerie Marie Demange, Brussels, BE
  • MIA Photo Fair, with Luisa Catucci Gallery, Milan, I
  • Fotofever, with Luisa Catucci Gallery, Paris, FR
  • Final Girls Film Festival, Moviemento, Berlin, DE

  • Ophelia, Cell63 Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • All dreams continue in the beyond, Cell63 Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • Unlocked, Atopos CVC, Athens, GR
  • Cross the Line, KH5 Gallery, Zurich, CH
  • Off Course Art Fair, with Cell63 Gallery, Brussels, BE

  • SHVR, Click! Triangle Photo Festival, North Carolina, US
  • There is strong shadow where there is much light, Vanilla Gallery, Tokyo, JP
  • Cross the Line, La Cave Showroom Gallery, Paris, FR
  • Goth: Dissection and Suture, Vanilla Gallery, Tokyo, JP
  • Triskaidekaphobie, Galerie Morgenrot, Berlin, DE

  • Reflect: Art is Dead, Cell63 Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • Brüche, JUZ, Bamberg, DE
  • Docma Award, Museum für Kommunikation, Frankfurt, DE

Awards and Grants

  • Sony World Photography Awards, Professional Still Life, 2nd Place
  • Foam Paul Huf Award, Nominee
  • Camera Work, PR2, Winner
  • HSBC Prix pour la Photographie, Finalist
  • a-n Time Space Money Bursary, Recipient
  • Emergentes, Encontros Da Imagem, Finalist
  • PHMuseum Photography Grant, Finalist
  • Deutsche Fotografische Akademie, 1. Online Portfolio Walk, Selected 
  • The Aftermath Project Grant, Finalist

  • Le Bal Award for Young Creation, Finalist and Jury Favourite
  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Selected
  • Travers Smith CSR Art Programme, Selected
  • Ginnel Foto Award, Winner
  • The Association of Photographers, Student Awards, Winner
  • Magenta Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, Winner

  • European Photography Prize, Shortlisted
  • 100 Heroines, Royal Photographic Society, Nominee

  • London International Creative Competition, Shortlisted
  • International Photography Awards, Honourable Mention
  • Fotofever, The Collector's Apartment, Selected
  • Photography Grant, Nominee

  • Docma Award, Winner
  • Fine Art Photography Awards, Winner


  • GUP Magazine, Issue 65, Euro, 2020
  • Photo Presse 08, 2020
  • Frankenpost, 19th June 2020
  • Der Neue Tag, 26th July, 2020
  • The Journal of Grievances, Vol. 2 , Antics Publications, 2020
  • With Monochrome Eyes, Ed. Daniel Alexander, Ottoby Press, 2020
  • Isolate Zine, Issue 1, 2020
  • British Journal of Photography, Issue 7889, November 2019
  • HANT – Magazin für Fotografie, Issue 12, Zeichen der Zeit, 2019
  • On Death, Kris Graves Projects, 2019
  • RCA Show, Exhibition Catalogue, 2019
  • Homeland, Revolv Collective, 2019
  • Optika Zine, Issue 2, Ginnel Foto Fest, 2019
  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Cornerhouse Publications, 2019
  • Nook Magazine, Issue 1, 2019
  • THE OPÉRA, Vol. VII, Kerber Verlag, Ed. Matthias Straub, 2018
  • Omens, Photobook, self-published, 2018
  • Dust, Photobook, Ed. Pamela Dimitrov, self-published, 2018
  • The Matrixial Camera, self-published, 2018
  • Unvael Journal, Issue 2, Ed. Michael Ash Smith, 2018
  • Sabat Magazine, Issue 3: The Crone Issue, Ed. Elisabeth Krohn, 2017
  • Steam Noir: Das Kupferherz, Vol. IV, Guest Artist, Cross Cult, 2015
  • THE OPÉRA, Vol. IV, Kerber Verlag, Ed. Matthias Straub, 2015
  • Unlocked, Atopos, Ed. Vassilis Zidianakis, 2015

Online Features

British Journal of Photography • Der Greif: Artist Feature + Artist Blog • Der Greif: Guest-Room Emma BowkettVogue.itDeutsche Fotografische AkademieThe Heavy CollectiveCapricious Publishing • Aint–BadKwerfeldein • Discarded Magazine •  ShotkitPhroom Magazine • Phases Magazine • Yogurt Magazine • Musée Magazine • The South West Collective • F-Stop Magazine, Nr. 88 • Source Graduate Review • Royal College of Art • Photograd • Don’t Take Pictures • • Curated by Girls • art – Das Kunstmagazin, Akt Now

Instagram Takeovers

GUP Magazine • FORMAT Photography FestivalSplash & Grab • Fast Forward: Women in PhotoThe Royal Photographic SocietyPhotogradSpectrum PhotographicMagenta Foundation

Talks and Lectures

  • 2020, University of Brighton, MA Photography, Visiting Lecture (upcoming)
  • 2020, Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, MA Photographic Storytelling, Visiting Lecture
  • 2020, Photo Fringe, First Monday, Brighton, Artist Talk
  • 2020, With Monochrome Eyes, Borough Road Gallery, London, Artist Talk
  • 2019, London College of Communication, London, MA Photography Symposium
  • 2019, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Visiting Lecture
  • 2019, Royal College of Art, London, Artist Talk and Guided Tour
  • 2015, Studio of Felix Mertikat, Ludwigsburg, Artist Talk
  • 2012, ABM Salon, Heilbronn, Artist Talk with Dr. Bernhard Stumpfhaus

Professional Experience

  • 2020–Today, Co-Founder and Retoucher, Nightowls Retouching Studio, London / Munich
  • 2020–Today, Social Media Manager, The People’s Picture, London
  • 2018–2019, Social Media Manager, MA Photography, RCA, London
  • 2015–2017, Bespoke Framing Consultant, Boesner, Berlin
  • 2013–2014, Gallery Assistant, Art Society, Erlangen
  • 2014, Set Photographer, Séance, dir. by Johannes Franke, Taucha
  • 2014, Museum Intern, Kunstpalais, Erlangen
  • 2013, Gallery Intern, Strychnin Gallery, Berlin

Elena’s work is represented in collections in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom, United States of America, Japan, and Thailand.