b. Boston, MA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


1987 University of Vienna, Austria
1988 Bachelor of Arts, Sarah Lawrence College

Selected Exhibitions


Fondazione Prada, Milano Osservatorio, Milano, Italia, “Surrogati. Un amore ideale”
Modernism, Still Lovers and Transmutations
21c Museum, Nashville, Tennessee, “The SuperNatural”


Academy of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland, “Wandering In The Uncanny Valley”
Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL, “Still Crazy: 40 Years”(group)
Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO, “Transmutations”
Art in Embassies, Dakar, Senegal, “Empire Falling” (group)
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA, “Becoming Los Angeles” (group)
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, “New Territory” (group)
Prada Foundation Osservatorio, Milan, Italy, “Still Lovers”


Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA, “The Origin of the New World”
The Berrie Center Art Gallery, Ramapo College, NJ, “Forms & Effects: Ukiyo-e to Anime” (group exhibition)
Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA, “Syria’s Lost Generation”


Pier 24, San Francisco, CA, “Collected” (group exhibition)
Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA, “Sublime: The L.A. River”
Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane, New Orleans, LA, “Syria’s Lost Generation”
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, “The Lost Generation: Portraits from the Middle East”


Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO, “Sublime: The L.A. River”
Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, “Sublime: The L.A. River”
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, “Unknown Elements” (group exhibition)
LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, Artist Response, web-based response to Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA, “Personalities: Fantasy and Identity in Photography and New Media (group exhibition)
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, “The Lost Generation: Portraits from the Middle East”

Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO, “Empire Falling”

Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA, “Desire” (group exhibition)
Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY, “Alchemical” (group exhibition)
21c Museum, Bentonville, AK, “Hybridity: The New Frontier” (group exhibition)
Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA, “Empire Falling”
Phyllis Weston Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, “Empire Fallilng”

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, “Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870 (Group Exhibition)
Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy (Group Exhibition)
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, “The 1%”, two-panel video installation for “Small Scale/Big Change”
Ann Tower Gallery, Lexington, KY, “The Pleasure Park”
Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA, “The Pleasure Park”
U.S. Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden, “Transparency and Transformations in Contemporary American Art”
21c Museum, Louisville, KY, “The Pleasure Park” 3-channel video installation

21c Museum, Louisville, KY, “Pleasure Park: The Horses”
Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, Italy, “Manipulating Reality”

Camera Obscura Galeria de Arte, Madrid, Spain, “Fandomania”
Gallery JRB at the Elms, Oklahoma City, OK, “Fandomania”

Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY, “Fandomania”

21C Museum, Louisville, KY, “Inaugural Exhibition”
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, MA, “Still Lovers”
Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL, “Still Lovers”
Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY, “O, You Beautiful Doll”

Trierenberg AG, Austria, “New Art, New York: Reflections on the Human Condition” (Group Exhibition)
Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Ireland, “Still Lovers”
The Royal Pavilion, Libraries and Museums, Brighton & Hove, Brighton, England, “Guys and Dolls”
Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY, “Still Lovers”

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, “Recent Acquisitions”
New York Arts Magazine Gallery, New York, NY, “AC”

Modernism Gallery, San Francisco, CA, “Valley of the Dolls: Works by Hans Bellmer, Elena Dorfman & David Leventhal:
Camerawork, San Francisco, CA, “Exploring Intimacy”


Empire Falling, text by Kevin Moore, Diamani, Bolonia, Italy

Fandomania: Characters & Cosplay, text by Carlo McCormick, Aperture, New York, NY

Still Lovers, text by Elisabeth Alexandre, Channel Photographics, New York, NY
Des Poupees et des hommes, text by Elisabeth Alexandre, La Musardine, Paris, France

Here & Now: Stories of Survival, photographs and interviews by Elena Dorfman, Avalon, New York, NY

The C-Word: Teenagers & their Families Living with Cancer, NewSage Press, Portland, OR


The 1%, 3-minute, 2-panel video for “Small Scale/Big Change,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The Pleasure Park, 5-minute panoramic film with original score
The Pleasure Park: The Jockeys, 1-hour video loop

Costume Play, 5-minute video animation with original score


Jordan Anderson, “Surrogati: Un Amore Ideale”, Twin, February 12, 2019
“Surrogati: Un Amore Ideale”, Artelab, February 14, 2019
“Surrogati: Un Amore Ideale Ausstellung”, Weltkunst, February 16, 2019
Stefano Bucci, “Uomini che vivono con una bambola” Corriere della Sera – La Lettura 3 February, 2019
Alessia Glaviano, “Amore E Silicone” Vogue Italia, February 2019
Cristina D’Antonio,“Benvenuti nel Paese delle bambole”, GQ, 5 February, 2019
Elisabetta Muritti, “Questa Specia D’Amore” La Repubblica, February 16, 2019
Nicoletta Travi, Plastica che ci riempe il cuore, Il maschile del Sole 24 ORE, February 19, 2019
Antonella Fiori, “Un Amore Ideale”, F, February 20, 2019
Giovanna Calvenzi, “Sara un amore di Plastica”, Corriere Della Sera Milano,  February 20, 2019
“Hyperrealistic Dolls as Substitutes for Love”, Sleek magazine, February 28, 2019
Miss Rosen, “Documenting Unconventional Love in the 21st Century”, Huck magazine, February, 2019
Travel & Leisure, “The Prada  Foundation’s New Exhibit Is One of their Most Provocative Yet”, February 20, 2019
Ask a news Italy, “Elena Dorfman: fotografia e surrogate amorosi”, TV news, February 20, 2019
Il Sole 24 ore news, “Elena Dorfman: fotografia e surrogate amorosi”, TV news, February 20, 2019
Nicoletta Orlandi, “Figli, fidanzate ed amici: quando le bambole sostituiscono l’amore” Posti Libero, February, 20, 2019
Affaritaliani Libero, “Elena Dorfman: fotografia e surrogate amorosi” February 21, 2019
Sophie Bew, “Another Kind of Love: The Secret World of Silicone Dolls”, AnOther magazine, February 21, 2019
Artdaily, “Surrogate. A Love Ideal” February 21, 2019
Paola Corazza, “Cos’e l’amore?”, L’Officiel, February 2019
Cluverius, “Ausserdem (eine kleine Auswahl), February 21, 2019
Annnah Ongley, “The Surreal Domestic Lives of Humans and their Hyper-Real dolls”, Document: Above the Fold, February 22, 2019
Arianna Di Genova , “Geografie Sentimentali”, il Manifesto, February 23, 2019
Metal magazine, “The Exploration of a Synthetic Love”,
Manuel Peruzzo, “La mostra che racconta l’amore tra uomo e bambole “, Esquire, February 23, 2019
Caterina Taurelli Salimbeni, “Surrogati. Un Amore Ideale”, Inside Art, February 24, 2019
Fashionpress Italy, “Surrogati. Un Amore Ideale: in mostra de Prada Osservatorio a Milano”, February 24, 2019
Marzia Apice, “Surrogati. Un Amore Ideale”, il Centro, February 25, 2019
Caterina Angelucci, “Surrogati. Un Amore Ideale”, ArtsLife, Italy, February 25, 2019
Benedetta Pini, “Surrogati”, , i-D,  March 1, 2019
Barbara Corradi, “ Surrogati. Un Amore Ideale”, Elle, March 1, 2019
Melissa Harris, “A Surrogate for Love”, Aperture magazine, March 1, 2019
Milia Jacobacci, “L’amore ideale di Diamond e Dorfman a Milano”, Artribune, 3 March, 2019
!!444!!! Hungary, “ A semminel egy szilikocsecsemo vagy egy elettelen babu is jobb” March 3, 2019
“Mostra Surrogati”, 24 ore News.it, March, 2019
“Surrogati. Un Amore Ideale”, Ilfotografo.it. March 3, 2019
“Surrogati. Un Amore Ideale at the Fondazione Prada”, Purple Diary, Purple Art, March 11, 2019
Manuela Gandini, “Diamone e Dorfman l’amore ideale e una bambola in silicone”, Tuttolibri, March 9, 2019
“Elena Dorfman”, Culture. Rai. It, March 20, 2019
Irene Sofia Comi, “I sorrogati. Un Amore Ideale Osservatorio Fondazione Prada” ATPDiary.com, March 22, 2019
“Surrogati. Un Amore Ideale”, Wall Street International, March 23, 2019
Fedrica Pesce Fedrica, “L’amore Ideal”, March 23, 2019
Stephanie Eckardt, “What it Looks Like When a Sex Doll Joins the Family”, W magazine, March 31, 2019
Arianna Fantuzzi, “Surrogati. Un Amore Ideale”, Doppiozero.com, April 2, 2019
Valentina Corasanti, “Surrogati. Un amore ideale”: la mostra che svela I’intimata tra carne e silicone, Modapp, April 28, 2019
Simon Blackburn, “Because You’re Worth It” Attenzione Magazine, Spring 2019
Michael Heitz, “Origin of the New World” DIAPHANES MAGAZINE No. 5, Fall/Winter 2018/2019
Grace Banks, “Play With Me” featuring Still Lovers, Fall 2018
Michael Paglia, “Humanitie’s Assault on Nature” Westword, April 4, 2018
Sarah Burke, “At Mills, Portraits of Teen Syrian Refugees Humanize Conflict”, KQED Arts, February 16, 2017
Charles Desmarais, “Photography Show a Snapshot of Collectors’ Selves”, San Francisco Chronicle, June 3, 2016
Sura Wood, “Embarcadero Photography Pilgrimage”, June 16, 2016
Leora Lutz, “Sublime: The LA River”, Art Ltd., March 2016
Liesl Bradner, “Sublime, The Los Angeles Times, January 30, 2016
Judith Turner-Yamamoto, “Wandering in the Uncanny Valley”, Photographer’s Forum, spring, 2016
Germano Celant, Fotografia maledetta e  non, “Still Lovers”, Feltrinelli, 2015
Dzana Tsomondo, “Stolen Youth”, PDN, September 2015
Tema Stauffer, “Syria’s Lost Generation”, American Photo, August 4, 2015
Shepherd, Dan, “Elena Dorfman: Empire Falling and River”, LenScratch, July 10, 2014
Marquad Smith, The Erotic Doll: A Modern Fetish, Yale University Press, 2014
Dana Jennings, “Dreamscapes, Abysses And Radiation”, The New York Times, Paper Gallery, August 23, 2013
Jonathon Keats, “When Photographers are Neuroscientists”, Nautilus, Fall 2013
Vince Aletti, “Alchemical”, The New Yorker, August 5, 2013
Conor Risch, “Built Landscapes: Empire Falling”, PDN, April 22 2013
Exposed: Voyeruism, Survelliance, and the Camera Since 1870; SFMOMA publication, 2010
Cherie Louis Turner, Art Ltd. “The Pleasure Park,” July/Aug 2010
Conor Riess, Photo District News: Exposures, “The Pleasure Park,” June 2010
Clayton Maxwell, “The Pleasure Park,” Eyemazing Issue 01-2010
Christopher Bolton, “A Cosplay Photography Sampler,” Mechademia 5: Fanthropologies, Fall 2010
“Elena Dorfman,” Realta Manipolate, Palazzio Strozzi, 2009
Reed Albergotti, “For Exhibit”, The Wall Street Journal, April 30, 2000Le Journal de La Photograhie, “Empire Falling,” March 1, 2013Kenneth Baker, “Elena Dorfman at Modernism”. San Francisco Chronicle, February 3, 2103“New Work,” Art Daily, April 30, 2009
“Fandomania,” Exit Magazine
“The Anime Within,” Mother Jones Magazine, Nov/Dec 2007
Elisabetta Piatti, “Fandomania,” Zoom, Sept/Oct. 2007
Karen Leigh, “Character Studies,” Entertainment Weekly, June 1, 2007
Jonathon Keats, “The Talk,” San Francisco Magazine, June 2007
“Fandomania,” Jane magazine, June/July 2007
“State of the Art,” Pop Photo, May 29, 2007
“Fandomania,” Jane magazine, June/July 2007
David Lipke, “The Underground World of Cosplay,” DNR, April 23, 2007
Maura Egan, “Imaginary Friends,” New York Times Style Magazine, Spring
Anna Holtzman, “Elena Dorfman: Fandomania,” Eyemazing, 2007
Bo Sondergaard, “Scener fra et dukkehjem,” Magasinet, Denmark
Michael Workman, “Eye Exam Valley of the Dolls,” Newcity Chicago, May 26, 2006
Cassie Riger, “Still Lovers Book Review,” Camerawork, volume 33, Spring/Summer 2006
Meaghan Laslockey, “Just Like A Woman,” Courrier (Japon), June 1, 2006
Sacha Ettinger Epstein, “Guys and Dolls,” Black + White, (Australia), May 2006
Slywia Czubkowska, “LALA Mida,” Przekroj (Poland), No 6/3164, March 2006
Cate McQuaid, “It’s Not What It Looks Like,” Boston Globe, March 9, 2006
Anu Partanen, “Taydelliset naiset,” Image (Norway), March 2006
Felicity Robinson, “Amori di Plastica,” Marie Claire, (Italy), March, 2006
Ian Sattler, “The Fiction We Live,” Swindle, Issue No. 5, January 2006.
Susan Morgan, “Road Less Traveled: Elena Dorfman, Still Lovers,” Aperture, November/December 2005
Ilaria Bernardini, “Baciami Stupido,” Rolling Stone (Italy), December 2005
William Hannigan, “Hot Books,” Hotshoe, October/November 2005
Meghan Lasloky, “Just Like A Woman,” Salon.com, October 11, 2005
“Agenda,” Vogue (France) Atûo 2005
Gaël Le Bellego & Julien Blanc-Gras, “Génération Real Dolls,” Max (France), Septembre 2005
“In Play,” Radar Magazine, September/October 2005.
Catherine Castro, “Poupees X,” Marie Claire Homme (France) October 2005
Amanda Doenitz, “Are Skin Pics the Latest Aphrodisiac?” Art on Paper, September/October 2005
Katherine Nguyen, “Risqué Reading,” Picture Magazine, July/August 2005
Werner Bartens, “Lust Aus Dem Labor,” SZ Wissen (Switzerland) May 2005
Gabriela Weiner, “Peinando La Muneca,” Paula, Chili, March 2005
James Gardner, “Art Attack,” New York Post, February 26, 2005
Marta Rebón, “Amor de Plástico,”Lateral Revista de Cultura, Febrero 2005
Julia Morton, “Elena Dorfman,” New York Press, February 16, 2005
Vince Aletti, “Elena Dorfman,” Village Voice, February 2, 2005
“New York,” Photography (France), Jan/Feb. 2005
Kenneth Baker, “Reviews:National,” Art News, January, 2005
“Paris Photo 2004,” Photo (France), November 2004
Suzy Menkes, “At Paris Photo, a Focus on the Power of Women,” International Herald Tribune, 9 November 2004
Simon Hewitt, “At the Fair,” Art & Auction, November 2004
Beatrice de Rochebouet, “Le Pari Contempoain de Paris Photo,” Figaro, 11 November 2004
Anna Holtzman, “Elena Dorfman: Still Lovers,” Eyemazing Gallery 31, Fall 2004
“Best Photography Project,” San Francisco Magazine, October 2004
Kenneth Baker, “Getting Intimate with Guys and ‘Dolls.'” San Francisco Chronicle, July 19, 2003
Marisa S. Olson,” ‘Valley of the Dolls’ At Modernism,” Artweek, September 2003, Volume 34, Issue 7
“Locating Intimacy: The Space Between,” Camerawork, Fall 2003
“What a Doll!” Sex TV, Canadian television program

Wandering In The Uncanny Valley, Institute for Critical Theory, Academy of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland
SBCAST, Santa Barbara, CA, 2017
The George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, 2016
Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 2016
Loyola Marymount College, Los Angeles, CA 2016
Annenberg Center for Photography, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
Art Center, Pasadena, CA, 2016
US Holocaust Memorial Museum (DC), Lecture in New York, NY, 2016
University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning, 2015
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY 2015