Ancient steps with violets

Artist's Statement

 I have been photographing as long as I have been traveling. Photography brings all my varied experience together in a single moment, utilizing my training as a journalist as well as my work in television, where I spent countless hours sitting alongside the camera with directors, discussing the framing and lighting of scenes. I learned a lot from the many talented directors and cinematographers with whom I worked, and eventually I began to apply that knowledge to my own scenes through the lens of a still camera. 

I am fortunate to be able to claim two exceptional photographers as both family and dear friends – my cousin-by-marriage Joan Liftin and her late husband, Charles Harbutt. They have encouraged my photography and shared their craft and experience freely and generously with me. 

Perhaps the most important thing I learned from Joan and Charlie is that your camera should always be with you, particularly if you want to capture Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment.”

Sun shower at Copake Lake, NY


Liz Nealon (She. Her.)  is an award-winning executive producer and children’s media industry leader who played an integral role in shaping indelible youth brands like Sesame Street and MTV. Currently the founder and president of the Great Dog Literary Agency, in recent years Nealon also served as Publisher & CEO of StarWalk Kids Media, the award-winning children’s digital publishing company which at its peak delivered a streaming eBook service to 3-million students in schools and libraries. 

Previously, Liz served as the Worldwide Creative Director for Sesame Street and traveled the world as Senior Vice President of MTV International Programming, re-conceiving the popular music brand for launches in Europe, Brazil, Japan and Australia. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattanville College and pursued Graduate studies in Journalism at New York University.

Bubble Boy, Hillsdale, NY 2018

Juried Exhibitions & Publications

One Photograph, Monochrome II, The Glasgow  Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, Scotland. International exhibition juried by Michael McCann, founder. 2019.

One Photograph, Davis Orton Gallery 5th Annual Group Show, Hudson, NY. Juried by Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director & Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography, 2019.

 Two Photographs, Spencertown Academy Regional Juried Photography Show, juried by Jan Nagle, 2018.

One Photograph. Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY Juried Photography Show, 2014.

One Photograph, The Women's International Juried Photography Exhibition, part of MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts (Richmond, VA), juried by Margaret Salisbury, 2010. 

Photo published in forthcoming book DINOSAURS: FACT & FABLE, by Seymour Simon, HarperCollins (2020)

Photo published in WATER, by Seymour Simon, HarperCollins (2017)

Photo published in ROCKS & MINERALS, by Seymour Simon, HarperCollins (2017)

Photo published in BUTTERFLIES, by Seymour Simon, HarperCollins (2011)


Podcast: Davis Orton Gallery 5th Annual Group Show

Liz Nealon is interviewed along with juror Paula Tognarelli and three other photographers featured in the 5th Annual Juried Group Photography Show at the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, NY. August 13, 2019