Elegant Edge is operated by Frances Murray, an award-winning fine art photographer whose work is in several major museum collections, including the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona; and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York.
Murray was also one of six American artists awarded the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts U.S./Japan Exchange Fellowship, allowing her to live and photograph in Tokyo, Japan for six months.
Noted for her ability to use natural light in elegant and sensuous ways, Frances Murray's photographs offer the viewer a surreal and haunting experience delving into the mysterious subconscious.
Murray's photography encompasses constructed still lives, botanical studies, portraits, and elegant nudes. Her work draws on themes of surrealism and formal composition focusing on transformational light and abstraction.
"In her botanical body of work, Frances Murray revels in the beauty of this world. As always, her photographs ride on a bed of sensuality. Gorgeous flowers, lush materials, and a light that is nothing less than a pathway to the divine. But it is Murray’s genius with the vocabulary of photography that brings these raw materials together to produce images that delight the eye and touch the soul. Whether it’s the lines of a flower’s petals, bend of a stem, drape of fabric, or movement of shadows, these images are quietly, seductively busy as they dance across the page." -- Sharon Alexandra, freelance writer.