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When Craig Ellenwood was in the sixth grade, his school librarian taught him how to develop and print his own black and white photos. He has been a passionate about photography ever since. In high school, Craig earned first place in a statewide photojournalism contest. At the University of Nebraska, photography and art history studies expanded his knowledge of the photographic medium and allowed him further access to his favorite place, the darkroom. During his college years, Craig placed emphasis on black and white, color, and alternative techniques such as platinum printing.
In 1987, Craig left the Midwest for California to begin his career in photographic arts. His eye for art led to work with several of America's most respected photographers. In the darkroom, Craig hand produced photographic prints for public and private collections, including Richard Misrach's retrospective permanently housed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and is acknowledged in several of Misrach's books. Craig also worked with and produced prints for Rondal Partridge, Joel Meyerowitz, Sally Mann and Roger Minnick. Craig's own photography was also featured in many exhibits in the Bay Area.
While in San Francisco, Craig easily made the transition from traditional to digital photography and imaging while still applying the technology and techniques of each. He also began working in multimedia arts. Recognized as one of the first VJ's (video jockeys), he has worked with members of Psychic TV, Skinny Puppy, Nine Inch Nails, and co-produced a music video aired on MTV. Craig produced and released three downtempo and electronic music CD's on San Francisco's Silent Records label and another CD released in Germany. Under the direction of Alex Lindsay (ex-Rebel Mac Unit at Industrial Light and Magic), Craig interned at San Francisco's dvGarage and continued to use his talents at creating and fusing images, video and audio.
In 2003, Craig moved to Honolulu to experience and photograph the splendors of Hawaii. He manages Chromaco, a fine art printing business where he continues to create quality images and fuse traditional photography with technology. Craig's images have appeared in a range of local, national and international publications, and his images are sought by private clients, along with public relations, community and government agencies. Craig is currently working and experimenting with fusing modern technology and alternate printing techniques.
Craig is currently working on a book and documentary film about The Royal Gardens subdivison on the Big Island of Hawaii. The subdivision is slowly being buring and reclaimed by lava flowing from Kilauea volcano, the most active volcano in the world. Craig has special permission to shoot on the volcano, in the subdivision, and at the shore entry point.
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