Marjorie Greenspan Kaufman

Marjorie Greenspan Kaufman

Artist Bio:

Marjorie Greenspan Kaufman had long been interested in photography, but pressing obligations such as a career in finance, raising two boys and repeated unsuccessful attempts to improve her golf handicap prevented her from pursuing this inclination. During a sabbatical in 2011, Marjorie dove into the world of photography with classes at the International Center of Photography. Subsequently Marjorie has worked to refine her technique through workshops with Keith Carter, Sam Abell, Arthur Meyerson, Tony Bonanno and Tillman Crane. Her image "The Gardien in Repose" recently won theDirector's Award from jurist Jennifer Schlesinger for Photoplace Gallery's Monochrome exhibit. "The Blue Room" was selected by juror Paula Tognarelli as a winner in the NY Center for Photographic Arts's Patterns and Shadows exhibit March 2020. Marjorie has self-published three collections of images: "(Un)Natural Elements By The Sound", an environmental photo essay, "Iceland in August"., and "White Sands".
Her work has been published in Le Courrier and the  Tico Times. Marjorie’s photo essay on civil war veteran Joe Wheeler may be found here, and her work on environmental pollution in the Long Island sound is here.

Prior to becoming a photographer, Marjorie Kaufman was a finance professional. She began her career in investment banker with Bankers Trust and Prudential-Bache, then held senior positions with Towneley Capital Management and J. & W. Seligman. From 2003 through 2010  Marjorie was Managing Director and Head of Investor Relations and Marketing at Kingdon Capital. Over a seven year period she raised $5 billion in institutional hedge fund assets, managed relationships with several hundred global investors and helped build out the firm's business infrastructure. Subsequently she was a Managing Director with Guggenheim Global Trading and a Partner with activist fund Barington Capital. In 2010, Marjorie was named one of the 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds by the Hedge Fund Journal. In 2016 she was featured in II Alpha as a hedge fund "good guy" for her philanthropic work supporting education for underprivileged girls with the Student Leadership Network.

Marjorie holds a BA magna cum laude in economics and anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Marjorie is also a graduate of the Horace Mann School in NY. She was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1996. Marjorie and her husband Dr. David Kaufman live in Bonita Springs, FL for most of the year and Greenwich CT during the summer months. Marjorie is excited to be singing soprano with the Naples Philharmonic Chorus this season at Artis Naples, and is now exhibiting her photography at Inspirations Gallery in the Naples Art District. 

Artist Statement:

Marjorie Kaufman’s photography is inspired by the beauty found in both motion and stillness. Her work captures visual poetry in dancers, wild horses, painterly landscapes, portraits and abstract florals. Marjorie's images command the viewer’s attention through a dialogue of pattern and shape. Adapting a soft palette in her color pieces, she challenges the viewer’s perspective through her differentiated approach to traditional subject matter, presenting a ballerina executing an athletic jump as an ethereal floating object above a calm seascape, or wild horses crashing through a salt marsh seemingly on the verge of trampling the viewer. She employs a black and white template in her landscape photography to present bold images that seem to exist in their own dynamic time and space, while in her portraiture work, she frames individuals in the shadows and natural elements of their surrounding environment.