Elizabeth Massa is documentary photographer based in Princeton, NJ. She holds a BA in American Studies from Smith College and a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Photography and Ethics from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She studied at the Herron School of Art and Design as well as the prestigious Sculoa Internazionale di Grafica, Venezia. Elizabeth is available for world wide travel.
I tell stories with pictures.
I am a photographer of kids & families, of weddings and events. I am a maker of stuff, a good cook, and a daydreamer (even at night). I am the planner of fabulous fun parties. I have a fondness for newly sharpened pencils, post it notes, google eyes, road trips, brightly colored sneakers and quirky, smart people.
I didn’t plan to be a photographer. I had every intention of being a historian. In college I studied American culture and social history. I was destined for an academic life surrounded by corduroy blazers. As I spent my days pouring though books and documents in the archive, occasionally I would find photographs. There was something in the images that I couldn’t shake, that I couldn’t reach in the texts. I wondered about the people in the photographs.
Eventually the images won. I went to art school to study photography. I traveled with my camera and ended up in places I could not have imagined.
I have been told that my photographs are often oddly quiet. I am a quiet photographer. I am drawn to those moments when the light moves just so, in the way a person fills and moves through space, in the interactions that make and shape one’s daily life, the space and air that’s left behind. I am interested in the dynamics of families, in food and tradition, in the architecture of daily life. I feel that there is often great significance not only in what people do, but how they do it. There is great power in photographs. They are at once silent and have the power to speak loudly.