Eli never wanted to be Photographer or a Director. He wanted to be a “wise guy”, like the characters he saw every day on the streets of his rough and tumble childhood neighborhood.
He coveted their fancy cars, shiny suits and clever nicknames, but not being Italian, becoming a “made man” wasn’t meant to be. fuhgeddaboudit.
After advertising schooling, Eli yearned to break free and express his creativity. He enrolled in photography classes and there he discovered the Camera Obscura.
Once Eli looked through a camera, he never looked back.
After starting in film, he shot the streets and the people he found there. On those streets he developed a voyeuristic shooting style and a love affair with the human face - his love, as he puts it, “of characters.”
Eli also discovered shooting commercials for fancy people, shot in warm cozy studios with a catered lunch pay way better than photographs of the “great unwashed” huddling under freezing expressway feeder-ramps shot at 3AM.
While some argue Green left his artistic integrity in the gutter when he stepped from the streets and into his warm, cozy commercial sets, no one doubts what he brought with him has served him well: His street sensibilities and his lifetime love “of characters”.
Eli Green turned out to be a wise guy after all.