Ellen Carey is a New York-born photographer and lens-based artist, as well as an educator, independent scholar and curator. She used lens-based art, photography, and technology to create abstract, minimal ‘picture’ signs.

Now based in Connecticut, Carey is a ‘Pictures Generation’ contemporary and member of Buffalo’s avant-garde alongside Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo. She was also named in the top 100 women photographers in the world by The Royal Photographic Society.

In exclusive collaboration with dunhill for Spring Summer 2022, pieces of Carey’s existing catalogue are reimagined as bold prints that accent the new collection throughout.

For Ellen Carey, the use of colour evolved into an even brighter, bigger and bolder “blow-up.” Revisiting a technique in colour film and chemistry known as “cross-processing,” Moire Monochrome is a take on the classic Polaroid 20 X 24 rectangle, seen in a series of glossy — yellow, red, green, blue — symmetrical exposures in large, unique blocks.

“I WAS FIRST DRAWN TO ELLEN’S WORK IN A VERY IMMEDIATE, VISUAL WAY. THROUGH FURTHER RESEARCH INTO HER WORKING PROCESS, I REALIZED HER METHODICAL CURIOSITY AND EXPERIMENTATION CONNECTED VERY MUCH WITH MY OWN. I WAS FASCINATED BY HER INQUISITIVE AND ALMOST MECHANICAL EXPERIMENTATION, PLAYING WITH THE PARAMETERS OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS. PROCESS AND ITS POSSIBILITIES IS AN ON-GOING FASCINATION FOR ME, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUSTING INSTINCT WHILE EMBRACING THE ACCIDENTALS. THE PAINTERLY COLOURS, PATTERNS AND TEXTURES THAT RESULT IN ELLEN’S WORK REMINDED ME OF SIMILAR TEXTILES AND TREATMENTS I WORK WITH. IT JUST SEEMED LOGICAL TO ASK HER TO WORK WITH US AT DUNHILL – AND IT IS A GREAT PRIVILEGE THAT SHE AGREED!”

MARK WESTON, CREATIVE DIRECTOR