- Elfie Semotan graduated from Austrian Fashion School Of Design in 1960, then discovered photography in Paris, where she was modelling. Back to Vienna in 1969, she began working as a professional photographer, doing fashion, advertising and portraits, becoming Austria’s most famous photographer. She then worked on an international level for magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Esquire, Interview, ID, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Marie Claire, The New Yorker and many more. She moved to NYC in 1994, where she pursued her career, as well as developing personal exhibitions projects.
- Elfie Semotan was married to artists Kurt Kocherscheidt (1943–1992) and Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997) with whom she collaborated. During the late 1980s and through the 1990s she worked and collaborated with longtime friend Helmut Lang. She has two sons, and now lives and works in New York, Vienna, and Jennersdorf (Austria).