Elena Retfalvi holds degrees in philology and history of art. She started her artistic trajectory with Isaam Kourbaj´s “Group C” while doing her doctoral research at Cambridge University (UK). Before exploring multimedia digital techniques she also worked extensively with alternative photographic processes and darkroom techniques.
She has worked internationally and was commissioned in New York, London and Tokyo by choreographers such as Ted Stoffer, Jasmin Vardimon, Takiko Iwabuchi, Wayne McGregor, Bill Shannon and others.
Her photography was exhibited in photo-salons and galleries in England, Austria, Portugal, Russia and the USA.
She has collaborated on many educational projects and her works are used in the curriculum of various dance and art & design schools. Her art received critical acclaim in several academic publications, most notably: "The late modernism in Tatar literature and visual art" (2002) and "the Synergetic Aspect in the study of the creative Process" (2008) by U. G. Nigmatullina.
Projects for theaters: The Place (London), Teatru Manoel (Malta), Centre Cultural Sant Cugat (Barcelona), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Ludens (Tokyo), etc.
Published work: the Guardian, Time Out, Dance UK, Dance Now, Practical Photography, CVA Contemporary Visual Arts, book illustrations and covers, etc.
Awards: Cotswold Salon (2000), London Photographic Awards (2001), AOP Open Award official selection (2002), Official selection Photovisa Festival (2013), Blue Diamond Photo Award: Certificate of Excellence (2013), Florence-Shanghai Prize: Finalist (2013), Professional Women Photographers Award: Honourable Mention (2013), Julia Margaret Cameron Award: 1st prize (2014), shortlisted for the Beers.Lambert Contemporary Award (2014), London Photographic Association Portraiture Awards: Bronze Medal (2014), shortlisted for Royal Photographic Society Award (2014), selected for Descubrimientos PhotoEspaña (2014)
Works in permanent collection: Gorky Museum, Kazan