News From Our President – March 2010

Maddi Ring, Photo © Susan Raab

PWP President, Madeline Ring. Photo © Susan Raab

Greetings from the Board

We are in the second half of the PWP fiscal year and it is time to start planning for next year.  The board has been busy and we have a nominating committee in place to establish the slate for elections in June.

If you know someone who would be a great board member please contact the nominating committee and let them know. This year the committee is headed up by Jan Wetzel with members Ann Littlejohn, Bonnie Geller Geld and Barbara Koppelman.

In the meantime we hope the snow afforded many of you wonderful image opportunities.

The Board


Objects of Affection is the new PWP Member exhibit.  The submission deadline is Friday April 16, 2010 – so you can mail your taxes and deliver the submission one day after the other.  Full details of the call can be found on the website Here ae some highlights to get your creative juices flowing.

Objects of Affection – The subtle touch of hand to cheek, the overpowering emotion behind a passionate embrace, a playful spark in a woman’s eye while gazing upon her beloved. The displays of affection are as varied as the ways to photograph the sentiment.

As photographers, we can capture the physical world around us, but we can also capture the intangible: a concept, an emotion, a state of mind. How would you portray affection through the lens? Is it a scene of fond interaction, an expression of devotion, a symbolic interpretation, or is it one of your own objects of affection, photographed with love? Where do you find delight, what makes your mouth water, who brings you joy? Is it a person, pet, cherished possession, food you savor, favorite place, personal passion?

Photographs have long been objects of affection, from the crumpled snapshot kept in a soldier’s breast pocket, to the family portrait hung above the fireplace with pride. Can your photographs capture an object of affection, the essence of affection, and inspire affection in the stranger who looks upon them?

Join us at the opening reception of the AMERICANA show.

April 17, 2010 from 6-9PM.


MH Art & Framing Gallery

9 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-1252

The show will be at the gallery April 17-May 22, 2010.


As always, the Exhibitions Committee is looking for PWP members interested in launching future juried exhibitions for our members.  It is a great way to learn about jurying and curating as well as forging great friendships within the organization. Contact Katie Mantell if you are interested



(and the answer to last month’s “little quiz”)


Catherine Kirkpatrick, our Archives Director has been working behind the scenes and is ready to launch the PWP Oral History Project. She has been working with a small team, has contacted Columbia University, a known authority in this area, has set up a blog in conjunction with our website and is excited to get working.  Catherine would love some help with this so if you are interested please contact her at

If you are a past director or were involved with something significant in the organization don’t be surprised if you get an e mail or a call from Catherine or one of her team to be interviewed. If you are knowledgeable about a particular part of PWP history she would love to hear from you.

The three quotes in last month’s Newsletter were from Mariette Pathy Allen, Danielle B. Hayes and Dianora Niccolini from presentations at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of PWP.  The quotes were printed in the program for the March 1, 2000 event which was held at the Swann Galleries.

Also included in the program was a quote from founder Danielle B. Hayes:  “when PWP was born in 1975, there was a need for women photographers to encourage and support one another.”  Does that need still exist?  If so, how has it changed?  Let us hear from you!


Our Monthly Meeting will be held Wednesday April 7, 2010 at

The Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 West 59th Street
(second floor)
New York NY 10019
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Our guest speaker this month will be Elinor Carucci and the curtain raiser will be winning images from the 2010 Student Awards.

Elinor Carucci lives and works in New York City and is a member of the Faculty in Photography, School of Visual Arts in New York. Since her gallery debut in 1997, Carucci has had solo exhibitions in London, Frankfurt, Prague and Jerusalem. Her work has been extensively published and collected by numerous institutions and private collectors. Carucci was chosen by Photo District News as one of its “Thirty under 30 Young Photographers to Watch” in 2000. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002 and won the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award for best young photographer in 2001.

In addition Elinor was the juror for the PWP “Passion” show in 2006.

We look forward to seeing you there. Come at 6 and enjoy the snacks we have for sale as well as a half hour to connect with other PWP members.



PWP is planning a one-day conference/exhibition/event to coincide with Women’s History Month in March of 2011. Fran Dickson, past president of PWP, is leading this exciting project.

“We’re just in the planning stages,” Fran said, “And we’re looking for members who have dreams, ideas and energy to join us and help make this a breakthrough event for PWP.  Our goal is to build awareness of PWP on a national level, among photographers, dealers, curators and arts & culture press.”

If this sounds like something you’d enjoy being involved in, please email Fran at for more information.



There’s still space available for the special PWP tour of the Photograph Conservation Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a unique opportunity to experience up close and personal the wonder of a daguerreotype of Susan B. Anthony by Southworth and Hawes, Julia Margaret Cameron’s lyrical images, masterpieces from the Pictorialist period, Berenice Abbott’s portrait of Djuna Barnes, and contemporary works in a variety of media. Learn about current standards in the conservation of photographs, ongoing research into the methods and materials used by photographers in the past, and techniques for preserving these into the future.
To reserve your place, please mail a check payable to PWP for $50 to Terry Berenson, 1148 Fifth Avenue, Apt. 7C, NY NY 10128. With space available non members may attend for $65.
Awards Reception – Reminder
The opening reception for this year’s awards and exhibition is

March 21, 2010 – 4-7PM
The Ernest Rubenstein Gallery
Educational Alliance
197 East Broadway
(corner of East Broadway and Jefferson Street.)

We would love to see all of you and your friends and families there.  We have 85 submissions this year with some very interesting images.  There will be a silent auction to raise funds for PWP.  If there is something you would like to donate, please contact Jan Wetzel  with the information at

The show will hang at the Educational Alliance from March 21 through April 1, 2010

Invite your friends and neighbors, gallery owners, teachers, other photographers.  We would like this to be the best awards event ever.


Mixed Media hosted by Andy Mars

This Spring we are again offering our Member-To-Member workshops. The first one will be hosted Andy Mars on Mixed Media Photography. There will be a nominal fee of $10.00 to be paid at the time of registration.

The following information is being posted on our website:

Date: April 14, 2010
Time: 11:00 am -12:30 pm
Place: Andy Mars
465 West End Avenue, #6A
(bet 82 & 83rd st)
Home Ph 212-595-6932
Skill level – intermediate

Mixed Media Photography Workshop

Freelance photographer and photo artist Andy Mars will demonstrate mixed media photography techniques that offer endless possibilities of combining photography with acrylic & watercolor paint, ink, pastel chalk and pencils and other drawing materials. Learn how to create unique hand colored and surprising mixed-media artworks that can be as realistic or exaggerated as you like. Andy will show the class samples of before & after photographs.

Please bring a few of your own photos (b&w &/or color) preferably printed on matte photo paper such as Epson Radiant White Watercolor paper.  Due to space restrictions this workshop is limited to 8 students.

The workshop is limited to PWP members and payment can be made by check made out to PWP at the time of registration. Mail check and registration to Andy.


PWP has grown over the past 30 years to an organization of more than 200 members living in the tri-state area.   Feel a bit left out and lost at our large meetings; never seeing the same people twice?  We’ve come up with a solution.

Last year, we began PWP Geographic Peer Groups so members could meet within smaller groups, possibly closer to home.  Each group plans how often to meet and which activities fill their needs. Some have scheduled group shoots critiques, marketing discussions and feedback of work while becoming acquainted with a small cluster of members.

We are opening a new registration period so that new members and those who did not join  last year but would like to join this year will have that opportunity. Groups are divided geographically for convenience to home, office, or wherever the commute is easy for you or the activities etc. work for you.

Whatever your geographic preference we will try and get a group started.

Right now, we have:

We would love to get a Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island or Westchester group running as well.

Please e-mail your preference to  Include your NAME   ADDRESS   E-MAIL GEOGRAPHIC PREFERENCE


The Board
Professional Women Photographers

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