Monthly Archives: April 2010

Kudos April 2010


Openings, Receptions and Special Events

(Note: All exhibitions are group shows except where indicated as solo shows. Details are in the following paragraph.)

Sat. 4/3, 7-9 p.m. – Susan Ledwith, opening reception at Art at Bay, 70 Bay Street, Staten Island

Thurs. 4/8, 8 p.m. – Roz Rosenblum, lecture at Vailsburg Camera Club, 30 Church Mall, Springfield, NJ

Fri. 4/9, 2-6 p.m. – Ann Brandeis, reception for solo exhibition, Gallery of the Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street, Riverhead, NY 11901. 631-727- 3228

Sat. 4/10, 5-7 p.m. – Holly Gordon, opening of solo show at Fotofoto Galley, 372 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743. 631-549-0048.

Sat. 4/10, 5-9 p.m. – Theresa King, opening reception at Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street (between Washington and West Streets), NYC

Mon. 4/12, 6 p.m. – Lynn Saville, book talk, Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, NYC

Thurs. 4/15, 5-7 p.m. – Irma Bohórquez-Geisler, reception for solo show, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Winter Garden Gallery, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Bldg. P, Staten Island. 718-425-3524.

Sat. 4/17, 6-9 p.m. – opening reception for PWP group show. MH Art & Framing Gallery, 9 West 20th Street, NYC. 212-242-1252

Mon. 4/19, 6-8 p.m. – Silvianna Goldsmith, opening reception by invitation only at Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, NYC. 212-998-6780. Please contact Silvianna at if you wish to attend the reception.

Mon. 4/19, 8 p.m. – Roz Rosenblum, lecture at Photographers of Sussex County, 50 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ

Fri. 4/23, 7-10 p.m. – Esther Babb, exhibition at The Brooklyn Art Library, 201 Richards Street #16, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Mon. 5/3PWP New Members Exhibition

Tues. 5/4, 6-8 p.m. – Marilyn Fish-Glynn, opening for solo exhibition at Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, NYC. 212-226-8571.

Esther Babb is participating in The Self Portrait Project, a one-day exhibition of artists from around the world, at the Brooklyn Art Library on 4/23. A book will be published documenting the project.

Irma Bohórquez-Geisler has a solo show, MEXICANation, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island from 4/6-30. The show is in conjunction with Immigrant Heritage Week, a citywide celebration that honors the experiences and contributions of immigrants in New York City with free or low-cost programs that build cross-cultural understanding between New Yorkers.

The Landscape of Memory, a solo exhibition of over twenty-five pieces from Ann Brandeis‘s series of the same name, will be exhibited at the Gallery of the Riverhead Free Library in Riverhead, NY from 4/4-5/31.

Marilyn Fish-Glynn has a solo show, Elders, at Soho Photo Gallery, NYC from 5/4-29. Also the guest photographer at the gallery in May is former PWP member and speaker, Rebecca Lepkoff, who has demonstrated how to grow old with verve!

Two films which Silvianna Goldsmith made of Lil Picard are on display during the run of the show Lil Picard and the Counterculture, New York, which is at Grey Art Gallery, NYC from 4/20-7/10.

Holly Gordon‘s solo exhibition, Antarctica: Journey to the Extreme, is at Fotofoto Gallery in Huntington, NY from 4/9-5/16. This show first debuted at the New York Hall of Science in 2006.

Theresa King curated Moment to Moment – Consistency and Change, a four-person show at Westbeth Gallery, NYC, in which she will show forty-two photographs. The exhibition runs from 4/10-5/2.

Susan Ledwith has several photos in Vernal Variations, an exhibition sponsored by the Staten Island Creative Community, at Art at Bay in Staten Island from 4/2-25.

Roz Rosenblum is presenting a lecture, “The Art of Seeing€ at the Vailsburg Camera Club in Springfield, NJ on 4/8, and she’ll present “Australia/New Zealand€ to the Photographers of Sussex County in Augusta, NJ on 4/19.

On 4/12, Lynn Saville is giving a lecture, “Night/Shift,€ co-sponsored by the Center for Architecture and Neighborhood Preservation Center, NYC. A book-signing will follow.

Group Exhibition

PWP‘s group show, Americana, is at MH Art & Framing Gallery, NYC from 4/17-5/22. The members in the show are: Gloria Aks, Babs Armour, Terry Berenson, Sheila Bernard, Paula Botstein, d brandon, Lynne Cashman, Karen Corrigan, Elisa Decker, Adele Epstein, Noel Farese, Carol Fassler, Patricia Gilman, Pamela Greene, Jane Hoffer, Joan Katz, Linda Kessler, Catherine Kirkpatrick, Susan Kuhlman, Susan Ledwith, Sonia Leon, Barbara Leven, Barbara Macklowe, Amy Mangano, Katie Mantel, Andy Mars, Trish Mayo, Joyce Morrill, Joan Pearlman, Barbara Pearson, Wendy Ploger, Ginger Propper, Julie Robertson, Robin Glasser Sacknoff, Linda Sandow, Daryl-Ann Saunders, Sindi Schorr, Shelley Seccombe, Robin Selditch, PM Simmons, Nancy Sirkis, Sheila Smith, Diane Smook, Catherine Steinmann, Janice Wood Wetzel, Ilona Williamson, Ellen Stockdale Wolfe and Susan Zigman.

Current Exhibitions

Ann Brandeis is exhibiting several pieces from a new series at Hampton Road Gallery, 36 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY from 3/13-4/11. Go to:

Sandra Gottlieb has a solo show, Images of the Sea, at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, 1801 West St. Andrews, in Midland, MI 48640 from 1/23-4/25. Call 989-631-5930. The exhibit consists of thirty large pieces (up to 50″) in two rooms, as part of a large exhibition relating to water called “WaterWorks.€

Mary Heller has a solo exhibition, Fine Art Photography, at Sunita’s Bar, 106 Norfolk Street (between Rivington and Delancy Streets), NYC from 2/25-4/25.

Theresa King has a solo show, The Last Day of the Myrtle Avenue El, at the New York Transit Museum, Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights. The exhibition opened 9/29, and has recently been extended through July because of popular demand.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Trish Mayo has two photographs in Women in the Heights, Contemporary Women Artists of Northern Manhattan, at the NoMAA (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance) Gallery, 178 Bennett Avenue at 189th Street, 3rd Floor, NYC from 3/4-4/2. Call 212-568-4396.

Laurie Rhodes has work in an international documentary photography exhibition, Building an Ethical Economy: Theology and the Marketplace, at the Trinity Church Museum, Broadway at Wall Street, NYC from 1/25-4/5. The show is in conjunction with Trinity Institute’s annual theological conference of the same name.

Sindi Schorr and Robin Glasser Sacknoff have images in La Dolce Vita: Impressions of Italy from Il Chiostro Workshops 1995-2009, at Broome Street Gallery, 498 Broome Street (just west of West Broadway), NYC from 3/23-4/4. Call 212-941-0130 and 212-226-6085.

Recent Exhibitions

Photographs by Paula Berg and Janice Wood Wetzel were selected for inclusion in the online gallery for the Floral exhibit at PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, VT from 2/9-3/6, and images by Sandy Alpert and Diane Smook were displayed on the gallery’s walls. Also, the images of all four women were included in the exhibit catalogue, published by Blurb Books.

Sheila Bernard had work in The Subject is Red, at Soho Photo, NYC from 2/2-27.

Ann Brandeis had work in Artists, at Hampton Road Gallery in Southampton, NY from 2/13-3/7. Katherine Criss and Holly Gordon participated in Artist’s Choice and Chosen Artists, at b.j. spoke gallery in Huntington, NY from 2/2-25.

A solo exhibition of Elisa Decker‘s photographs, Portraits, was at the Gallery of the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, NYC from 3/3-26.

Photographs of Iceland by Patricia Gilman were in the window of Ritz Camera, NYC during the month of March.

Holly Gordon participated in The Short Show, at Fotofoto Galley, Huntington, NY from 1/29-2/21.

An image by Sandra Gottlieb was included in Click, an invitational photography show at Glave Kocen Gallery in Richmond, VA from 2/5-27.

Myrna Harrison-Changar showed photography and art in Winter “Art€ Expressions, with the National League of American Pen Women, at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, from 2/1-26.

Myrna Harrison-Changar, Lore Behrendt and Diane Hardy Waller had work in Expressions: 2010, at Lafayette Grill, NYC from 1/9-2/10.

Amy Kosh had a solo show, Landscape Allegories, at Fuzziwhigs in Nyack, NY from 2/16-3/20. Images by Amy Kosh and Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin were selected for … and sweeps me away, National Members Exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn from 3/3-28.

Susan Kuhlman had one image in Black & White, a members’ show at East End Arts Council Gallery, Riverhead, NY from 1/15-2/26.

Alyce Mayo and Sheila Smith had work in the Mixed Media Art Exhibit with the Gramercy Neighborhood Association (GNA), at the National Arts Club, NYC from 2/23-26.

On 3/19, Trish Mayo had two photographs in Harlem: Our Shared Global Culture, which was part of the 1st Annual Harlem Arts Alliance International Arts Event. Trish was in a two-person show, A Million and One Thanks, at Local Project in Long Island City from 2/6-21, and she also had work in Illuminating Nature, at Wave Hill House, the Bronx, from 11/27-2/28.

Debbie Miracolo had work in The Sweet Escape, at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL from 1/15-3/13.

A three-woman show, including a retrospective of the work of Roz Rosenblum, titled Visual Motifs, and fourteen photographs by Pat Yancovitz, Rust, Paint, Scissors, was at Art Way Gallery at the Princeton Alliance Church, Plainsboro, NJ from 1/16-2/21.

Photographs by Deborah Terry were in two exhibitions aimed at raising awareness and funds for relief efforts in African nations. Stories, which included documentary photography of refugees and multimedia presentations, was at Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC from 1/22-2/26, and Migrations – Nomads With No Cause/Refugees With No Tomorrow, a solo show focused on the conflict in Darfur, was at the Gallery at Vivid Solutions, Washington, DC from 1/22-2/22. Proceeds from the exhibits went to support the International Lifeline Fund, a non-profit international relief and development organization dedicated to water and sanitation issues, micro-enterprise and fuel-efficient technologies. Deborah, the Vice President and Creative Director of ILF, helped found the organization in 2005. For more information, call 202-536-8994 or send an e-mail to

Janice Wood Wetzel had work in Central Park Exhibit, at the West Side Arts Coalition, NYC from 1/20-2/7.

Janice Wood Wetzel and Deena Weintraub were the co-curators for Trash, at the West Side Arts Coalition, NYC from 3/3-21. This year’s PWP Student Awards exhibition showed black and white images on the theme of Water. The exhibition was at the Ernest Rubenstein Gallery at the Educational Alliance, NYC from 3/21-4/1. PWP members donated photographs and services for a silent auction at the reception.

Other News

Ruth Gitto is conducting one-day photography workshops from April through October. Her Foto Safaris, using New York City as subject matter, will take place once a week, and will be limited to five participants per Safari. For information and to download a brochure, go to: PWP members can receive a 25% discount.

Laurie Klein offered three workshops at her home studio during February and March.

Birgit Pohl recently sold two Polaroid transfers to a collector in Westchester.

On 4/15, Roz Rosenblum will be the judge for a competition at the Color Photographers Club of Staten Island. Roz judged two camera competitions in March. On 3/10 she was at the Wantagh L.I. Camera Club in Wantagh, NY, and on 3/22 she was at the Ocean County Camera Club in Lakewood, NJ. Roz also judged three contests in February: the Great Neck Camera Club, the Wantagh Camera Club, and the Gateway Photographers of Staten Island.

Daryl-Ann Saunders was selected to participate in a new Artist-in-Residency program launched by the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), that provides work space for Brooklyn artists at select senior centers in partnership with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Department for the Aging. Also, please note that Daryl-Ann created a photo studio that PWP members can rent for their own 4-6 hour photo sessions at a modest fee. Brick-walled, the studio is 13′ x 25′, with an adjacent bathroom/makeup area, and it’s located twenty minutes from Manhattan in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Contact Daryl-Ann at

Lynn Saville is teaching “New York at Twilight,€ a five-session workshop at International Center of Photography on Tuesday evenings from 3/2-4/6. Register by telephone at 212-857-0001 for Code: 10WMC12 or go to: This takes you to the course catalogue, and Lynn’s course in on page 10


Monica Barnes edits Andean Past, an academic journal dedicated to the archaeology and ethno-history of western South America, which is published by Cornell University. Volume 9 is now available, and can be purchased at:

A photo by Ann Brandeis is included in Best of Photography 2009, which was released by Serbin Productions in December.

An article by Elisa Decker, in which she reviews an exhibition by Joseph Stashkevetch, was published in the January 2010 issue of Art in America (see p. 116).

A two-page spread about Marilyn Fish-Glynn is featured in 100 New York Photographers, by Cynthia Dantzic, recently published by Schiffer. Marilyn was honored by the invitation to participate in this book, which includes many iconic figures, spanning over fifty years of work.

Alyce Mayo also has photographs in the book, which includes a 1937 photograph by Rebecca Lepkoff. On 12/18, Marilyn and Alyce participated in a book-signing party at Soho Photo Gallery. Several former PWP members/speakers such as Arlene Gottfried, Cynthia Matthews, Erika Stone, Dee Ann McCarthy and Rebecca Lepkoff were present, along with the book’s author. The book was displayed in the window of Rizzoli Bookstore and can be purchased at the Museum of Modern Art.

In January, National Wildlife Magazine announced that Holly Gordon won first place in the global warming category of their annual photography competition. Her image was selected from nearly 70,000 submissions. Go to: Also, a photo by Holly is on the cover the February/March issue of Creations Magazine, a Long Island bi-monthly publication. The image and magazine contents can also be viewed online at

An article in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle on 2/4 features the solo show of Theresa King at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn.

A group photo by Andy Mars, which includes Dr. Ruth Wertheimer, is in the January/February issue of Fido Friendly magazine.

Tequila Minsky has been traveling to and photographing in Haiti for a number of years, resulting in various exhibitions, publications and more. She was in Haiti when the earthquake happened, and her astute, compassionate photos appeared on The New York Times‘ online edition on 1/12, and published in the regular paper on 1/13. Tequila was also quoted in the Times. To view Tequila’s images and a discussion about her work, go to: You can read Tequila’s unique and personal perspective of Haiti in her article in The Villager. Go to: Additionally, Tequila’s images have been Tweeted and re-Tweeted many times.

An image by Erika Nusser is on the cover of the second issue of Imprints, the new publication of Professional Women Photographers.

Laurie Rhodes had seven photographs, including the cover, featured in “A Slice of Paris,€ an article in the Winter 2009 issue of Edible Queens magazine. Laurie also did the styling. See it online at:

A photograph by Ann Marie Rousseau is in MS and the Material Girls, Images and Issues of Women in the Twentieth Century, a book published by Twenty-First Century Books in Minneapolis. See page 100.

A Polaroid transfer image by Daryl-Ann Saunders won the most votes in a field of eighty-five submissions in an international contest, the Calendar Competition 2010. Daryl-Ann’s image is featured on the cover of the color calendar and also inside, along with the work of eleven other artists who work in non-silver processes such as gum bichromate, palladium, cyanotype, etc. To see the artists’ work and to purchase the calendar, go to:

Also, Daryl-Ann photographed author Kara Newman for the inside flap of her new book about cocktails, Spice and Ice, which was released by Chronicle Books in November.

Several images by Catherine Steinmann, including a cover photo, were published during the month of December in The Garden Island, a local newspaper in Kaua’i, HI.

Self-Published books

Amy Burchenal and her husband released their latest photo-poem publication, Somewhere South of Roanoke in December, and this new book and others can be viewed and purchased at:

On the Web

Clues To Identity, the exhibition that Sandy Alpert, Mary Newman, Wendy Paton and Lucille Tortora were in at the International Center of Photography, NYC, was reviewed by The Artpoint – a well-respected art blog. Go to:

Three images by Carla Berger are in Bold/Subtle, a juried online International art exhibition with Upstream People Gallery, running from 12/1/09 through 11/30/10. Carla also has images in the 8th Annual Summer All Media, which went online beginning 7/1 for one year. Go to:

Miriam Berkley was profiled in the online edition of the December “Picture of the Year€ issue of Rangefinder magazine. The article, which focused on Miriam’s author photographs and also included one of her New York City images, can be seen at: Also, the printed magazine mentions the article on page 138 and has one image from the article. An online audio interview with Miriam, in conjunction with the print interview, is downloadable from Rangefinder Magazine Radio. Go to: and then look for Podcast #6.

An article about Irma Bohórquez-Geisler, with one of her photos, can be found at:

Images by Susan Bowen are showcased at, a website created by the makers of the silly plastic camera that she uses.

A series of photos by Ann Brandeis received an award from Prix de la Photographie, and it can be viewed at:

Holly Gordon shoots with an assortment of Kodak film and prints on a variety of Kodak papers, and examples of her work are showcased on Kodak’s professional website. Go to:, and then click on fine art. Also, Holly’s article, “Antarctica: Journey to the Extreme,€ was posted by the Photo Migrations Community for Nature Photography at during the month of February, and is now viewable in the archives.

Four images by Leslie Granda-Hill are in the group exhibit of the February edition of F-Stop Magazine, an on-line publication. Go to:

Andy Mars is represented by Busacca Gallery, an online gallery in San Francisco, CA, and two of her images can be seen at: and

A photograph by Trish Mayo was used on the Municipal Art Society Website. Go to: Also, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation selected one of Trish’s images as the Photo of the Month for February. Go to:

Tequila Minsky was in Haiti when the earthquake hit. See “Publications€ for information and links! Erika Nusser shot images for Artforum for auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Go to:

The finalists (called “nominees€) and winners for the 4th International Black and White Spider Awards were announced on 1/24. Mayda Rumberg and Jackie Weisberg were chosen as nominees, and it’s the fifth straight year that Jackie has been either a finalist or received honorable mention awards. Thousands of images were received from over sixty countries and the nominated photographers were selected by a Who’s Who judging panel from the international photography community, including Magnum Photos, Sotheby’s, Tate Gallery, and the Leica Photo Gallery. For a direct link to Jackie’s image, go to:

Night subway work by Daryl-Ann Saunders was in the inaugural online exhibit by The Panocturnists, a subgroup created by The Nocturnes, a night photography group. Go to: Daryl-Ann’s images can be viewed at: and at: The exhibition ran from 2/15-3/30, and now resides in an archive on The Panocturnists new website. Also, Daryl-Ann has a photography page for Facebook members, that offers news on art and photography-related topics, tips and information as well as listings of her own events. To subscribe to the page, go to: and click on the “Become a Fan€ link.

On 2/18, images by Lynn Saville were selected for the Photo District News (PDN) Photo of the Day. Take a look at:

Up-Coming Exhibitions and Events

PWP’s New Members exhibition will open on 5/3.

PWP’s mission is the advancement of women photographers through the creation a dynamic and supportive environment while promoting public interest in photography. As the premier women’s photographic organization, our members create a collegial, proactive and professional culture that respects and inspires women’s photographic vision.

PWP 2010 New Member Exhibition

2010 New Member Exhibition

TD Bank

2109 Broadway (at 74th St.)

NYC 10023

Opening Reception: Monday, May 3, 2010 5-7pm

Exhibition dates: May 3-May 31, 2010

PWP is pleased to announce this year’s New Member Exhibition. The exhibit will feature work by the following PWP members: Amy Mangano, Asha Agnish, Debbie Miracolo, Deborah Terry, Laura Dwight, Laurie Klein, Linda Sandow, Shell Sheddy, and Trish Mayo. Every year, the newest members of the organization are invited to show their photographs in this special exhibition. It’s a wonderful way to introduce them to the PWP community, and we hope to see you all there to show your support!

News From Our President – April 2010

Maddi Ring, Photo © Susan Raab

PWP President, Madeline Ring. Photo © Susan Raa

Volume 4 | Issue 8 | April 2010

Greetings From the Board

As we reach the last quarter of our fiscal year, we still have much going on. The nominating committee is hard at work getting the slate together for the new board members, we had a fabulous Student Awards reception, the Americana exhibit is getting ready to open and we have Objects of Affection call for entry in the works.

We have had a wonderful year so far and we fully expect these next few months to be just as terrific.

The Board



The deadline for the next PWP exhibit is fast approaching! The Objects of Affection submission deadline is Friday April 16, 2010.  Full details of the call can be found on the website Remember, you must be logged in to your PWP account in order to see the call!

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?


Opening reception – Please join us April 17, 2010 from 6-9PM

© 2010 Joan Katz, "Brooklyn Pow Wow"

© 2010 Joan Katz, "Brooklyn Pow Wow"

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


Our Monthly Meetings will be held Wednesdays April 7 and May 5, 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.


Our speaker in May will be PWP Member Barbara Koppelman and the curtain raiser will be our Community Service committee.

Barbara Koppelman is a photo editor, archivist and researcher who will provide an informational and instructional session on what makes a photograph sell.  Barbara will share insights gained from experience as a photographers rep and consultant using successful images as illustrative examples.

Barbara has a successful career as an editor and consultant to photographers who has worked with many of our members. She provides one on one sessions with photographers to edit, organize and  help market their work as well as upgrade their business practices. She has worked with photographers in exploring fresh directions for their careers, evaluating or building their websites and finding stock agencies.

Barbara also has her own successful photography career providing editing and publishing services for many venues. A brief list includes “Radio City Music Hall, A Legend Is Reborn”, “Pop Culture, 100 Stories from Pepsi’s First 100 Years” for the Pepsi Cola Company, “To Give Them Light” Photographs of Roman Vishniac, “From Alice to Ocean” photographs by Rick Smolan, “Parabola, The Journal of Myth & Tradition”. With that and special editing and archivist projects for prominent photographers (and supervising the creation of the slide library at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston)  the list is impressive.

Barbara has an M.A. from the University of Michigan in History of Art and Museum Studies and
B.A.  from Syracuse University with a major in  American History and honors in  Art History & Studio Art

We look forward to seeing you at both wonderful presentations. Bring friends and fellow photographers – remember our guest fee is only $10.

Come at 6 and enjoy the snacks we have for sale as well as a half hour to connect with other PWP members.


2010 and A Little History

On Sunday March 21 the 6th Annual Student Awards reception was held at the Ernest Rubenstein Gallery at The Educational Alliance on East Broadway.  This was a banner year with eighty-five submissions from over twenty-five schools,  The reception was attended by over a hundred people and we had a silent auction that raised over $1000 for PWP’s coffers.  All in all, a very successful event.Look for the winners names and some images in the upcoming IMPRINTS issue due out in June and at the May monthly meeting curtain raiser.

For the 7th Annual Student Awards, the call will go out in September, a couple of weeks after school starts and the exhibition will be at the HP Gallery at Calumet, from March 1 – March 12. The date of the reception is TBD. To participate in this great PWP tradition contact Patricia Gilman at

The 2011 reception is something to put on your calendars next year when the date is announced. PWP’s mission is about supporting women photographers. These high school age women, who work hard on their submissions and bring friends and relatives to this celebratory event deserve all of our support as well.

Where are our past winners now?

Alexia Arthurs

Alexia Arthurs


Alexia is now a senior at Hunter College majoring in media studies and creative writing. She is art director of the Hunter Envoy, and is considering going on to graduate school in creative writing.  She was enrolled at John Dewey High School when she saw the PWP Student Awards application on her instructor’s desk and offered to enter.  Her award-winning pictures of her sister by a burned out house in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn were taken from the first roll of film she ever shot.

The award boosted her confidence and she very much appreciated the prize money and tripod that came with it.

Alexia’s Honorable mention image -

© 2006 Alexia Arthurs

© 2006 Alexia Arthurs


There is still time to sign up for a PWP Peer group in the 2010 registration period so that new members and those who did not join last year but would like to participate 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

A Trip to the Archives

PWP Members in the Art Parade

©Stephanie Cohen

Last June in a midtown rehearsal studio, amid dancers and singers warming up, the board of PWP convened for its final meeting of the year. I was new and when someone said archives, I raised my hand. Old books and pictures are passions for me. I didn’t know much about PWP and it seemed a great place to start.

But when I got over to the archives, I had second thoughts. They are in a storage facility on the west side of Chelsea, on a block with auto body shops and rough-looking folk. The building was cavernous, with green lockers reminiscent of a morgue, an elevator the size of a living room, and lights on a timer that liked to go off. It was creepy. I grabbed some stuff and ran.

Back home I examined my treasure. There were pictures of women marching in the street and showing photographs from the back of a truck. Who were they? What were they doing?

There were also announcements from shows in the 70′s and 80′s: Breadth of Vision, The Me Generation, Women of Vision. The pictures were black and white and grainy, the graphics from the early days of desktop publishing. The time wasn’t so long ago, yet everything seemed different and far away. I didn’t know what to make of it.

Breadth of Vision Exhibition Logo

1975 Exhibition at FIT

Slowly it dawned on me that I was looking at a slice of history. Not ancient history but recent history. There was the history of PWP itself, starting with the Breadth of Vision show at FIT in 1975. There was also the history of photography as it moved from film into the digital age, and above all there was the history of women from the 70′s on: women standing up, women speaking out, women marching and fighting for employment opportunities and rights that had long been denied.

Today we take so much for granted. We forget that chances weren’t always there. In the 1950′s my mom was an ad manager for the American Weekly, the supplement of Hearst’s New York Journal American. It was a Don Draper world and office politics were played with a gender slant. I heard over and over how men tried to put her down, cut her out, steal her work; how women had to fight twice as hard to be recognized and get ahead.

Mom got ahead and the world moved forward too. Over half of all workers now are women, and there are more women photographers than ever, represented in publications, museums and galleries around the world. But if the opportunities today seem unlimited, the fight to secure them was uncertain and hard.

Looking at these pictures and talking with some of the early women of PWP, I realized they were feisty and tough. They stood up for what they believed in, worked with what they had and took small steps. They organized and supported each other because no one else would. They found obstacles and no clear road. So they made one by walking.

PWP Members Marching in the 1983 Art Parade

©Stephanie Cohen

In this blog I want to pay tribute to them. I want to look back at the paths they blazed and the issues they dealt with. They have lessons for all of us, and inspiration too. We have come a long, long way as photographers and women, but the road stretches on, the journey isn’t through.

- Catherine Kirkpartrick, Archives Chair