Elizabeth (Peters) Davaze was born in Aylmer, Ontario, and studied English and Art History at McMaster University in Hamilton. She later graduated from Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, British Columbia.
Mickaël Davaze was born and raised in Le Mans, France, and graduated with a Master of Engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs du Mans. Later he obtained his MBA at Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Ontario.
Individually, Elizabeth and Mickaël worked and traveled in various cities from Osaka, Japan, to Windhoek, Namibia, to DuBois, Pennsylvania. Together, they have lived in London (England), Toronto, Montreal, and smaller communities in Southern Ontario.
Both lifelong photo enthusiasts, they began experimenting with lensless photography in 2007, crafting their own cameras and developing their own paper negatives.
For Elizabeth, the interest in camera obscura came as a counterbalance to her education in digital imaging. As an engineer, Mickaël was also struck by the science behind the process. For each of them, the art of pinhole became a way to shun the growing technologization of photography.
In their pinhole work, Elizabeth and Mickaël strive to master ‘control’ of the hand-fashioned pinhole camera, leaving little to chance — save for the natural environment they photograph. In their view, it is this element of thought, preparation, control, that is so often absent from modern digital photography.
As artists, Elizabeth and Mickaël appreciate the opportunity to share their vision, and their lives, with the viewer.