Photographer Jill Flyer
Artist and Photographer Jill Flyer
was born in Chicago where her architect father started to teach her to draw when she was 5 years old. When she was 8, her parents sent her to the Art Institute of Chicago’s children’s program. Eventually, Jill figured out that she was never going to be a painter, but a chance meet with a simple camera convinced her that she could be a great photographer.
Jill studied photography on her own and had a kitchen darkroom for many years and then she finally landed at the Evanston Art Center where she started experimenting with advanced printing techniques. Jill moved to Ajijic, Mexico in 2003, at least partially, because she found the Mexican landscape and people infinitely more interesting photographically than what she could shoot in Chicago.
As darkroom supplies became difficult to get, she switched to digital photography in 2007 where she finds digital challenging and exciting, with all the myriad manipulations that are possible in Photoshop. But, she believes that the lessons learned in making B & W images (form & structure & intensity of tones) give you a strong basis to produce more beautiful color photos. Recently, she returned to black and white, digital, and is again enjoying the challenge.
Jill has been selected for many shows in U.S. and Mexico galleries, most notably a dual exhibit in February 2010 at the Ex Convento del Carmen in Guadalajara, a 17th-century church converted into an art gallery now. Her most recent exhibits include inclusion in gallery shows in Chicago and New York. She won a merit award from Black and White magazine in 2011, arguably the most prestigious photography magazine in the U.S. and, possibly the world.
Contact Information for Photographer Jill Flyer:
Phone: (Mexico) 376-766-3025
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