Irene Imfeld won the Portfolio Competition at Soho Photo Gallery with her series, Vacant Nests. This was exhibited in NY in June 2016.
She has a background in textiles, handmade books, and commercial book design. After over 20 years in the publishing/graphics industry, she turned to personal, fine art photography in the late 1990s by reviving her camera craft and learning digital methods. In 2003 she bought her first inkjet printer and has been producing various photo projects since then.
Irene Imfeld won the Grand Prize in "Fauna," a 2014 competition sponsored by PhotoAlliance, San Francisco, judged by William Wegman. She had solo photography exhibitions at the Bolinas Museum and the Fresno Art Museum, both in California, in 2007. Her work is in the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art, Ft. Wayne, IN, and has been in numerous group shows; she has been a member of Bay Area Photographers Collective, Berkeley Bridge Artists (art exchange with artists in Sakai, Japan), and SFMOMA's Foto Forum. For five years she directed exhibits at PHOTO, a gallery in Oakland, closed at the end of 2015.