Elizabeth Bates is a photography-based artist who works primarily in 19th century photographic processes, different formats of film, and digital photography. Bates' technical dance and fine art background often influence her work.

Originally from Knoxville, TN; Bates grew up at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Bates received her Bachelors in Fine Arts in Photography with a Minor in Dance from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. While in school, Bates worked in digital, traditional wet darkroom, and specialized in historical process photography. Bates’ work has been shown in ALTERNATIVE TO WHAT, a gallery show juried by James Hajicek and Carol Panaro-Smith as well as UNCANNY AND MUNDANE, a juried show by Andrea Modica, as well as many other juried and group shows in the metropolitan Phoenix area.


Bates worked under Davin Lavikka, a professional photographer in Scottsdale, Arizona at Method Art Gallery. As an assistant and photographer for Lavikka, Bates worked heavily with product photography, wet plate collodion, and with Lavikka's 'Vamera' - a cargo van turned into a large (2ft x 2ft) format camera. 

Bates currently lives and works in Portland, OR creating fine art and commercial photography. When not behind a camera she can be found outdoor rock climbing, cooking, or doing yoga.

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