Jill Enfield



Jill Enfield is a fine art photographer, author and educator who has accomplished international acclaim, in all three of these capacities, as a leading authority in Alternative Photographic Processes. In addition to expertise in current standard digital photo techniques for the last 10+ years, Enfield is also known for her instruction of hand coloring, wet plate collodion, and an array of other photo processes at Parsons The New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Photography, New York University, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, and the International Center of Photography in New York City as well as RISD. For years Jill has also appeared annually for workshops around the world including Cairo, Croatia, Edinburgh, Italy, Lisbon, London, Norway, and dozens of other cities around the globe as well as many cities in North America, including Anderson Ranch, Maine Media Workshops, Palm Beach Photo Workshops, Penland School of Crafts, and Santa Fe Photographic Photo Workshops.

As for her own photographs, Enfield’s work is in the permanent collections of The Amon Carter Museum of Art, Bellagio Hotel, Bibliothque Nationale, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, Canyon Ranch Spa and Resort, The Crocker Art Museum, The Florida Senate, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels, Southeastern Banks, The Toledo Museum of Art, and Museo de Arte Moderno de Medillin, Bogota and Cartagena, in Colombia, where her work was shown during a three month exhibition that traveled throughout the country including her personal engagements for lectures and openings. As for exhibitions, Enfield has been the subject of dozens of solo exhibits over the years, in galleries and museums around the world. Her work is also included in hundreds of group exhibitions. For a full list, click HERE .

A partial list of Enfield’s commercial clients include American Baby, American Express, American Heritage Magazine, AT&T, Con-Ed, Disney, Discover Channel, Fortune Magazine, Guatemala Tourism, Hasselblad, Hershey Park, Kodak, LIFE Magazine, National Geographic, Nikon, Penguin Putnam, Inc., SC Johnson, St. Martin’s Press, The New York Times Magazine, Vassarette Lingerie, Woman’s Day Magazine and many others.

Jill’s personal work has appeared in such publications as American Photo, Archive Books, Camera Arts, Camera & Darkroom Techniques, Digital Camera, Hasselblad’s FORUM Magazine, Modern Photography, National Geographic, Nikon World, PDN, Photo Techniques, Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Step by Step, and ZOOM.

Jill’s first book on non-silver techniques titled Photo Imaging: A Complete Guide to Alternative Processes was published by Watson-Guptill, Amphoto in November 2002 and won the Golden Light Award for Best Technical Book of 2003 through the Maine Photographic Workshop. Her second book, Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes: Popular historical and Contemporary Techniques, was published by Focal Press in 2013, has already sold out and is currently being prepared for a second printing.

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Jill has been a “Legend Behind the Lens” for Nikon, a Nikon Mentor for the Nikon Mentor Series, a Kodak Ambassador and a Pro Shooter Spokesperson for Lowepro and SanDisk. She is on the board of Freestyle Photographics, and has also appeared on behalf of TakeGreatPictures.com on The Today Show Weekend Edition, New York One, CBS Saturday Morning Edition and hundreds of U.S. newspapers around the country.

Enfield’s immigrant series, titled “New Americans” will be the subject of a solo exhibition at Ellis Island in the spring of 2017. As a first generation American, the daughter of a Nazi escapee, Jill passionately identifies with the courage and vision required to leave one’s ancestral home and forge a new life in what may not necessarily be a friendly hosting country. Her collection of 30 wet plate collodion portraits of individuals, who arrived in the U.S. during the 1960’s or after, reflect a tribute to the new immigrants, not only for their bravery and enduring inner strength, but also for the significant contributions they have made toward the enrichment of the American Culture in areas of cuisine, fashion, art, literature and more.


After 35 years in New York City, Jill moved with her family to a house built in 1828, formerly a gun powder mill headquarters owned by the Dupont Dynasty who sold gun powder during the American Civil War. The 5 bedroom home is also the setting for photo workshops that include shoots in the various locales in the area that inspired the Hudson River School of painters who earned world wide recognition in the late 1800’s. The photo shoots also take place in the 41-acre Algonquin Park, directly across from the residential property, and formerly the aqueduct with small water falls that powered the mill to manufacture and house the gun powder. Still remaining are remnants of the old stone housings that held the gears and grinding machinery. The Park is part of the National Registry of Historical Places in the USA.

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All Photographs Copyright ©1976–2015 Jill Enfield. All rights reserved.


  1. January 8, 2014

    “Thank you very much for a great class. It was extremely valuable for me…resonating throughout yesterday and this morning.

    I have a question. In thinking about depth of field and the photos I have been taking (prior to the class) I realized that I was keeping more in many of the pictures because of composition and structure. I enjoy the push and pull of forces both negative and positive in the photo beyond subject matter, this coming from my painting/design background BUT, I try to not subjugate the subject to the structure because I don’t want the coldness that comes from too much attention to structure. This is different than finding a point of attention focus as would be the case using depth of field. So, with individual portraits, verses group, I get in really tight so there is nothing but identity and the environment is non existent. Any thoughts to introduce a beam sunlight?”

    —Susan Parish

  2. Marcia Chan
    September 29, 2015

    “Great workshop. Richard you rock. Reed Hoffmann your workshop on mylio was excellent. We need a part 2 to this workshop.”

    -Marcia Chan

  3. Angel Batist
    September 29, 2015

    “Hey everyone great class. ”

    -Angel Batist

  4. Francesca Panetta McPhillips
    September 29, 2015

    “Thank you much Richard, this was a great training. meeting lots nice people & learning a lot… It was a pleasure meeting everyone…”

    -Francesca Panetta McPhillips

  5. Mimi Torchin
    October 9, 2015

    “Hi, Richard. I just want to say again how very much I enjoyed the workshop (was it just last weekend?). My friend and I both had a fabulous time and actually learned something. This was the best bang for my buck I’ve gotten in a long time. Really want you to know how much I appreciate your efforts to give us such a great experience. And I loved the models! AND bagels, fresh coffee and pizza too? Wow. Also, i just want to make sure that it isn’t languishing somewhere in my email, but you said you’d send the power point presentation that Bill did and I would love to have it. I was interested in the storage deal, but in the end it was just something else new I had to learn and I’m a pretty old dog!
    Hope you had a good holiday. These days, though, I’m thinking of becoming Catholic. I’m loving this Pope (not going to convert, tho, haha).”

    -Mimi Torchin

  6. Aura Danesh
    October 26, 2015

    “Hope all is well. First of all I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your 8 hour workshop last Sunday. I found it very informative, interactive and extremely fulfilling and have been on a high ever since. I am very glad that I was able to join and meet your amazing team for this workshop.

    I also had a look at the Hudson Valley workshop online and am really excited about this opportunity too,

    Looking Forward to hearing from you again.

    Happy new year,”

    -Aura Danesh

  7. Scott Webber
    December 3, 2015

    “Thank you Jill for your feedback. Really appreciate it. I’ll have a look at the Nikon d3200. Your absolutely amazing. Thank you for the help and getting back to me. I really appreciate it I live in Berkshire in the uk. Thank you again for your time. ”

    -Scott Webber

  8. Arlene Novich
    March 29, 2016

    “Dear Richard and Jill,

    Thank you both for your hospitality. I thoroughly enjoyed my day of photography. Equally enjoyable was touring your lovely home, seeing some lovely water and nature locations, and experiencing Newburgh up close (so much potential there.) As soon as I have a minute (actually many minutes!) to figure out converting my raw files to jpegs to send, I will pass along some of my images.

    Thank you both again. I’m sure you’ll see me at another workshop!”


  9. Spencer Layman
    March 30, 2016

    “Had a great time, thanks for the hospitality, entirely worthwhile.”

    -Spencer Layman

  10. Arlene Novich
    April 1, 2016

    “Hi Richard and Jill,

    It was actually very easy to export raw files as jpegs on lightroom when you know what to do (which I barely do!)

    Here is a sample of the images from Sunday, all untouched, and if you ever run into the couple we met in town who were thrilled to be photographed, please feel free to pass along their photos. They were so happy!

    Comments appreciated- (don’t worry, I have thick skin!)

    Best regards,”


  11. Nana Greller
    June 20, 2016

    “Dear Richard-

    love your resident groundhog. I had a wonderful time at the workshop today. Only sorry I hadn’t planned to be there through the evening. Hopefully another time. Thank you to you and Jill for graciously accepting Wookie into your animal menagerie….however I will probably leave him at home next time….easier to concentrate on photography. I hope you all got some great photos during sunset. Thanks again and best wishes to Jill for a safe and fun trip.



  12. Nana Greller
    July 12, 2016

    “Dear Richard,

    love your resident groundhog. I had a wonderful time at the workshop today. Only sorry I hadn’t planned to be there through the evening. Hopefully another time. Thank you to you and Jill for graciously accepting Wookie into your animal menagerie….however I will probably leave him at home next time….easier to concentrate on photography. I hope you all got some great photos during sunset. Thanks again and best wishes to Jill for a safe and fun trip.



  13. Danielle Lowe
    July 19, 2016

    “I just tagged you in my album from last week in Hudson Valley. I just had a great time. Thank you so much.”


  14. Mari Parker
    August 24, 2017

    “Jill was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable about photography and was able to answer all my questions. Even though I knew the basics on composition, I still learned a lot and even was introduced to functions on my camera I had no idea existed. This class is great for those who have never held a DSLR to those who have been shooting for a while, but want to expand their skills.
    Thank you Jill! ”


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