Liz Nielsen was born in Wisconsin in 1975 and lives and works in New York City. She received a M.F.A. in Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Liz Nielsen’s work is a contemporary application of one of the best-known and most engaging avant-garde photographic processes, the photogram, whereby an image is created without a camera by placing objects directly onto photographic paper and exposing them to light.


Replacing the traditional negative with hand-cut collages comprised of different coloured gels, Nielsen projects her forms onto chromogenic paper creating colourful, abstract images. The paper she uses is negative rather than positive, thus reversing the colours of the gels, and often creating surprising new combinations.


Nielsen’s work has been exhibited extensively in Chicago, New York, and Berlin and has been recently reviewed in the New York Times, Artslant, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.