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Elaine Constantine (born 1965 in Bury, Lancashire), is a photographer and filmmaker known for her colourful and upbeat imagery of British youth culture. She is the sister of designer, businesswoman and author Jan Constantine.
Constantine came to prominence due to work published in The Face, where newly installed art director, Lee Swillingham commissioned her first fashion editorial. Constantine's youthful and energetic style suited his vision to introduce a new generation of younger photographers to readers. According to Constantine, her work "came at a point when people had seen grunge fashion for a few years and needed something else to look at".
Constantine's first solo show was at Marion de Beaupre's Gallerie 213, Paris, in 1998. In 2002 Constantine exhibited Tea Dance, a show that documented the tea dance culture of Northern England. Tea Dance has toured Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam and Moscow.
Constantine's work has been exhibited at London's Photographers Gallery, Tate Britain's 'Look at Me' Exhibition, curated by Val Williams, and The V&A's Imperfect Beauty Exhibition, curated by Charlotte Cotton. A series of Constantine's prints are held in the photography collection at the National Portrait Gallery.
Constantine has contributed to Vanity Fair and American, French and Italian Vogue. Her commercial clients have included Adidas, American Eagle, Burberry, Clarins, Diesel, Evian, Gap, H&M, Lacoste, Levi's, Nike, Shiseido, Sportmax and Vivienne Westwood.
In late Summer 2012 Constantine returned to the north of England to direct Northern Soul, a film which tells the tale of two Northern boys whose worlds are changed forever when they discover black American soul music. Rejecting their small town existence working the production line, they dream of going to America in search of the super-rare records that will help them to become the best DJs on the Northern Soul scene. The film is expected to be released in 2014.
- 1998 - John Kobal Foundation's Award
- 2002 - Creative Review's Award for Best Up and Coming Promo Director
- 2005 - Royal Photographic Society's Terence Donovan Achievement Award
- Benedictus, Leo (24 May 2007). "Elaine Constantine's best shot". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 1 May 2010.