Brazilian-born, London-based photographer Ellie Kurttz graduated with distinction from Central St Martin’s School of Art and Design in Art Photography in 2002.
As a former ballerina, Ellie has a strong understanding of movement and this is visible in her stage photography. Her performing arts are dynamic and distinctive and display a genuine passion for the arts and the person. Ellie’s images capture, create and unveil moments of great theatrical beauty; and reveal the vulnerabilities, strength-of-character and aspirations that lie within.
Internationally, Ellie has worked with A CASA Gringo Cardia (Brazil), The Sydney Theatre Company and Ferrari (Italy) as well as most leading British theatre and Productions companies including: The National Theatre, Young Vic, Sonia Friedman Productions, The Almeida theatre, The Birmingham REP Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
Ellie was the Royal Shakespeare Company Artist in Residence from 2008-2009. In 2011, The Royal Mail launched a series of 10 stamps commemorating The RSC’s 50th anniversary. 4 of the 10 stamps feature Ellie’s images.Ellie’s photographs have appeared in Vogue, the New York Times Magazine, the Guardian, the Independent and Time Out . She has participated in more than 40 exhibitions – group and solos ones – including Shooting Shakespeare produced by the V&A and Globe to Globe at the Shakespeare’s Globe.
2014 saw the opening of Ellie’s first solo exhibition Shakespeare in Brazil. Launched at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil (CCBB), Shakespeare toured Brazil for 5 weeks, visiting Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia. More than 18,000 visitors have seen the exhibition. Ellie‘s book Shakespeare Photographs was published the same year.
In 2016 Ellie’s exhibition Shakespeare, opened at the Brazilian British Centre in Sao Paulo as the official opening of Shakespeare Lives celebrations.
Please see her website for images: http://www.elliekurttz.com