I was raised in New Jersey with New York as my background. I grew up surrounded by photography. My grandfather was an avid and keen amateur photographer in the late 30’s till the 70’s, which inspired me.
In my 20’s, I was trained as a theatre actress, writer and filmmaker first at the Esper Studio and then at the New School for Social Research both in Manhattan. During this period I always had a camera with me and really started sharpening my eye as a photographer. I moved to New York in 1994 to continue my career as an actress. But by 1999, I found that I was falling in love with photography and started seriously studying the craft at the International Center for Photography in N.Y. trading in footlights for strobe lights. It started with black and white film – shooting, developing and printing; then color film and printing. When I received my first Nikon digital camera it began my passion for digital photography and archival ink jet printing.
My inspirations come from all traditions of art – film, literature, sculpture, and painting and of course from all the amazing photographers of old and new.
Photography in my mind has evolved out of painting. A painter will select a cropped image of a scene with their eyes and begin to paint, I approach my images the same way — for the most part cropping in camera. Many people mistake my photographs for paintings, which I love and encourage.
My process for selecting photographs for a final edition obviously starts with capturing the image in camera. After capture, much contemplation, editing, printing a contact sheet, and editing again, I then print an artist’s proof (AP) finalizing the art works. The artist’s proofs
customarily remain with the artist. I keep two artists proofs for myself. Then I print a limited edition of 5 of each photograph on 35” x 47” thick watercolor paper.
All of my photographs are archival (museum quality) pigment prints using Epson UltraChrome K3 inks created via the latest inkjet technology. These prints are proven to be more archival than traditional C-prints when cared for properly. In addition, I use different types of museum grade fine art papers.
Christine Finkelson Fine Art Photography is a working artist studio and boutique gallery which opened in 2018. The gallery features Christine’s diverse contemporary fine art photography which is printed by the artist on site. She is inspired by her international travels, all traditions of art – film, literature, sculpture, painting and of course from all the amazing photographers from the past to the present.
Christine’s photographs are in private and corporate collections. In 2017 the Andaz Hotel, in downtown San Diego, licensed two of her photographs to create a large mural in their primary event space. She served on the boards of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist’s Guild and the Del Mar Art Center as both an artist and board director.
Christine is originally from New York City where she studied at the International Center for Photography, the premier school and photography museum in Manhattan. She moved to San Diego from New York City in 2012.