Glasshouse of Immigrants

Forty-five separate antique windows, each showcasing a glass portrait of a contemporary immigrant, combined into a single house, where “People Should Not Throw Stones.”

Featuring: Jill Enfield

Presented and Curated by

Jill Enfield

I initiated “The New Americans” project to explore the new immigrant experience — people that decided to come to the USA from the 1960s onward. They portray the bravery it takes to pick up and leave one’s homeland no matter what period of time. Although current modes of transportation have improved, the undertaking of immigration remains filled with challenges.

A three-dimensional glasshouse was made from windows, their distressed exteriors echoing the hardship of what it means to be an immigrant. This structure shares the ghostlike fragility of the glass panels that support portraits created using wet-plate collodion, a 150 year-old photographic technique. Collodion reinforces the precarious nature of immigration itself.


Jill Enfield is a fine art photographer, educator and curator. Her concentration lies in historical techniques and alternative processes, with annual workshops and lectures in locations around the world.

Her two books, “Photo Imaging: A Complete Guide To Alternative Processes” published by Amphoto and “Jill Enfield’s Guide to Alternative Processes: Popular Historical and Contemporary Techniques” published by Focal Press, are both award winning works and used in schools all over the world. Her third book has a 2019 publication date by Focal Press – Routledge. Like the others, it will include step-by-step instructions on a variety of historical and alternative process techniques.

Jill’s work has also been chosen to be on dozens of book covers as well as magazines and websites. In addition to network broadcastings, Jill has hosted podcasts and videos that can be seen on Youtube and other channels. She has shown her work throughout the USA and Europe and recently had a three month solo show, featured in the New York Times, which included the installation shown at Photoville, of 45 separate antique windows, each showcasing a glass portrait of a contemporary immigrant, combined into a single house, where “People Should Not Throw Stones.” The exhibition occupied six galleries on Ellis Island called “THE NEW AMERICANS” in 2017.

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