Based in Los Angeles, Elizabeth Waterman is a portrait and fine art photographer. Her clients have included MS Magazine and fashion designers Elie Tahari, Marc Jacobs, and Alex and Ani.

Her distinctive images, which define the spirit of the Millennial generation’s emergence and transformation, as well as depict unseen corners of nightlife, have been featured in shows at the old Limelight Church/Jue Lan Club (NYC), Wallplay (NYC), and  Olson-Irwin (Sydney). Online, her works have been included in auctions on the website artnet, and showcased on L’Oeil de La She is currently photographing a book on strippers.

Ms. Waterman has been the CMO and Vice-President of Image Defenders, a firm protecting the rights of high-end photographers worldwide, since 2018. Image Defenders uses a state of the art search platform and technology in working with photographers such as Douglas Kirkland and Mark Seliger. The firm has since exploded in growth and continues to bring its clients value for their copyright infringements.

Born in Taos, New Mexico, Ms. Waterman’s qualifications include a BA in Fine Art from the University of Southern California.


Prix de la Photographie (PX3) 2020; Honorable Mention in Fine Art/ People

– British Journal of Photography, Portrait of Humanity Book, Publication, May 2019

– The Biennial for Fine Art & Documentary, May 2019 Grant, Shortlisted, February 2019

– Prix de la Photographie (PX3) 2018; Gold Winner in the Documentary Category, Silver Winner in the People Category, and Honorable Mention

– 16th Annual Photo Contest, Photo of the Day, Editor’s Pick  (September 21, 2018)


State of the World, Exhibition of PX3 2018 Prizewinning Photography curated by Hossein Farmani, Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, July 2018

The New Vintage, Show with Marcia Resnick, Jue Lan Club/Limelight Church, New York City, NY, March 2016

The Gruin Transfer, Group Show, Salomon Arts Gallery, New York City, NY, September 2015
The Dash, Group Show, Soma Studio, Sydney, Australia, November 2014

The New God
, Solo Show, Wallplay, New York City, NY, October 2013
Who Shot Natalie White, Group Show, ROX Gallery, New York City, NY, April 2013


British Journal of Photography, “Dark Angels: Illuminating the beauty and athleticism of strippers,” October, 2020., “Hundreds of girls are working and changing hands for thousands of dollars,” April, 2020.

L’Oeil de La Photographie, “Elizabeth Waterman’s Dark Angels,” June, 2016.

ARTograma,Elizabeth Waterman: The Purpose of Art,” Aug, 2016

The Huffington Post,Art With a Dose of Philosophy From the Millennial Generation,” October 15, 2013

Beautiful Savage,Interview with Elizabeth Waugh,” November 3, 2013
ArtFuse,Wallplay Presents: The New God,” Oct. 30, 2013
Stay Thirsty,A Conversation with Elizabeth Waugh,” September 2013
Grungecake,Richardine Bartee for the New God: Portrait Project by Elizabeth Waugh,” July 13, 2012
Beautiful Savage,Elizabeth Waugh: New God,” April 4, 2012

2003-2007, University of Southern California
BA in Fine Art, Deans List


2018-present, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President, Image Defenders

Partner in a boutique firm that represents the world’s top photographers in the management and pursuit of their copyright infringements. Clients include Mark Seliger and Douglas Kirkland.

2014-present, Executive Director, Black + Gold

CEO and Executive Director of Black + Gold, a next-generation production agency based in NYC and LA. Black + Gold specializes in photography and online marketing services for a range of clients across the fashion and beauty industries.

2014-2015, Founding Editor, EOS Magazine

Founding editor and creative director of an online magazine featuring New York City artists and cultural subjects.