The 100 / #84: Elinor Stecker-Orel

#84 Elinor Stecker-Orel Associate Dean New York, USA

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About Elinor

Tell us a little about yourself:
I was born in Rochester, NY, where my parents awakened me to the beauty of nature and the arts. I earned my BS degree from the University of Michigan and an MA from the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in speech pathology. Speech therapy was my profession for until a bout with breast cancer in 1980 became a turning point in my life. I needed to do what really made me happy: photography and writing. I became a senior editor at Popular Photography magazine for many years. Although semiretired, I am an associate dean or the New York Institute of Photography, where I teach photography and Photoshop as well as revising their textbooks. I have written hundreds of articles and eight books on photography, I lecture to amateur and professional photography groups, an am passionate about working in Photoshop, making artist’s books, and creating with various craft mediums. I live in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, with my amazing husband, Mano, and our two cats.

What one thing are you most proud of in your 84 years?
My two fabulous, brilliant, caring children

What one thing do you hope to achieve by the time you’ve reached 100?
Use up my tons of art and craft supplies

What one thing have you seen in your lifetime that has changed the world the most significantly?
The Internet

What one piece of advice would you give your 10 year old self?
Have confidence in yourself

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