Ellen Page Wilson
Published 7:20 am, Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Ellen Page Wilson, a noted photographer and owner of Ellen Page Wilson Photography in Chelsea, N.Y., died Sept. 26, 2010, surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was 54.
Daughter of Page Hedden Wilson of Westport and Ian Holroyde Wilson of San Rafael, Calif., she was born on Jan. 2, 1956.
Wilson graduated from Staples High School in Westport, as part of the class of 1974, attended Connecticut College and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1978 with a bachelor's of arts degree.
She was widely recognized in the New York City art world for her photography talent. In the words of a colleague, John Minchillo: "In a city swelling with talent, Ellen Page Wilson rises above the fray with a reputation built on integrity and leadership."
She began her career photographing artwork in 1985 and rose to senior photographer at a major gallery prior to launching Ellen Page Wilson Photography. Throughout, Wilson maintained her reputation as a gifted professional in the photography of works of art and artists. She adeptly captured legends Chuck Close, Eric Fischl and Claes Oldenburg and traversed the globe covering the Venice Biennale, Basel Art Fair, Frieze Art Fair and Miami Basel with a blend of technical prowess and sensitivity to the artist and their vision. Her work was published in The New York Times, ArtWorld and a variety of professional journals and art galleries in New York City and throughout the country.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her son, Willem DeVos, and former husband, Fred DeVos of Brooklyn, N.Y.; her companion, Joe Famiglietti of New York City; and her four sisters and their families: Rebecca Wilson Armstrong and her husband, John of Weston, and their children, Ian and Anne; Dorothy Swain Wilson and her husband, George Ostasiewicz of Norwalk, and their children, Alexandra, Sarah and Peter; Holly Wilson Luce and her husband, Jim of Denville, N.J., and their children, Emily, Jim, Megan and Peter; and Dr. Alix Wilson and her husband, Terry Dawson of Austin, Texas, and their children, Fiona and Liam.
A memorial service will take place on a Saturday in October in New York City. Notice will be posted at ellenpagewilson.com.
In lieu of flowers, Wilson's family requests that donations be made in her name to Cross Cultural Solutions of New Rochelle, N.Y., particularly their program to assist children in Peru, at www.crossculturalsolutions.org.
The Norman Dean Funeral Home in Denville, N.J., is in charge of arrangements.