Elisabeth was born in Germany where her father was stationed with the United States Air Force. She moved multiple times with her parents and two sisters before they settled in Mesa, Arizona when she was 7.

Her interest in photography began in Jr. High School and for her 13th birthday her grandfather gave her his Nikkormat 35mm camera, complete with handwritten instructions on how to use it because the manual had been lost.


After high school, she left Arizona to work toward a BFA in photography at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Her work in undergraduate school earned her a place and a teaching assistantship in the graduate program

at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.


While earning her degrees she also studied English literature abroad at Cambridge University, completed two eight-week artist residencies in Ghana, West Africa, a three-month residency in Beijing, China, and won the Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Prize, a $30K dollar grant to complete the documentary work she began in Ghana.  


After earning her MFA in 2006, she moved to Shanghai, China with her husband where she taught photography workshops and guest lectured at Fudan University during their first annual Women’s Studies Symposium.

She and her husband also welcomed their first son. Elisabeth returned to the states in late 2008, finally settling in Raleigh in 2011 with her husband and two young sons.


As her post-graduate school, post-wanderer life took shape, her studio practice rooted itself in sharing ideas and processes, often through collaborative workshops and teaching. She spent two years on the photography faculty at the Art Institute of Raleigh, taught private workshops from her studio, and worked on corporate creative teams writing and producing short branded documentary work.


While Elisabeth works with mixed media in her daily studio practice, including collage, artist books, and encaustic processes, at the heart of her work and daily practice is the medium of photography. Having

learned the medium in the darkroom, she enjoys the hand built process of creating art using photography as the underlying structure. 

She currently works out of Anchorlight Studios in Raleigh, NC.  |  919.917.7650 |  Raleigh, NC  |  © 2020 by Elisabeth Effron 

  • Black Pinterest Icon
  • Black Instagram Icon