Elaine Constantine

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Elaine Constantine
Born1965 (age 53–54)
Known forPhotography

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".[1]

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, Vivienne Westwood, Hunter Boots, and Gucci.

Feature film[edit]

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. Written and directed by Constantine, the film was released in October 2014 by Universal and was a surprise box office success, reaching the box office top 10 on its opening weekend despite a relatively limited distribution .[2]

Pop promos[edit]

Constantine has made promos for Richard Hawley's "Baby You're My Light" and Moloko's "Familiar Feeling" (featuring Paddy Considine and centering on a Northern Soul club).


  • 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
  • 2015 London Critics Circle Breakthrough British Filmmaker Award — Nominated.[3]
  • 2015 NME Best film of 2014 - Winner[4]
  • 2015 BAFTA Outstanding Debut for a Writer, Director or Producer Award - Nominated.[5]


  1. ^ Benedictus, Leo (24 May 2007). "Elaine Constantine's best shot". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2014/oct/21/northern-soul-uk-box-office-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles
  3. ^ "The London Critics' Circle Film Section". Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  4. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/82935
  5. ^ "Film in 2015". Retrieved 28 January 2015.

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