News From Our President – December 2010

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Volume 5 | Issue 5 | December 2010

Greetings from the Board

Maddi Ring, Photo © Susan Raab

PWP President, Madeline Ring. Photo © Susan Raab

First and foremost – warm wishes for the holiday season to all our members and readers.  We hope this newsletter finds you, and your friends and families, enjoying the season.

We have completed the first half of the 2010 – 2011 PWP fiscal year and those of you that were at the December Show and Tell meeting got a glimpse of the organization’s mid term status.  We are doing exceptionally well.

1. Financials are solid and we are well recovered from the investment made in our website (that is paying off – we have new members who found us online).
2. Activities abound with exhibitions, seminars, travel and local activities on the agenda.
3. Our magazine is a huge success as are our open calls.
4. We have 210 members including several outside the US.
Welcome to our new members.
And more.

The entire Powerpoint presentation has been posted on the PWP Members Only Yahoo eGroups, so if you are interested, and are a member, you can see all the details.

Happy New Year to All.

The Board


Information on  CONTRASTS, our next open call, is on the website and ready for submission. This exciting new call is themed and we look forward to seeing entries from our membership and those that entered the 35th Anniversary Open Call.

Also, look for the on line gallery of Winners, Honorable Mention and Jurors Choices for the “35th Anniversary Open Call” on our website. Congratulations to all.

Both the Open Call instructions and the 35th Anniversary winners gallery are easily accessible by clicking on the banner at the top of the home page when you log on to


New Visions Exhibitions at The Durst/ICP Open Dec. 9, 2010

New Visions Exhibitions at The Durst/ICP Open Dec. 9, 2010. © 2010 Gloria Aks


December 6th, 2010 – January 15th, 2011

Reception: December 9, 2010, 6-8 pm
Durst Organization Show Walls Gallery
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York NY 10036

PWP is thrilled to announce New Visions, the upcoming exhibition at the Durst Organization Show Walls Gallery, 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street. In this exhibit, PWP members show off their latest and greatest, and the collection is sure to excite, inspire and impress!  We hope to see you there as we kick off the holiday season in style in the Durst’s beautiful midtown space.  Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, December 9th from 6-8pm.



*HELP FOR DELIVERY ADDED (see note below)

The Callahan Gallery at St. Francis College
March 2nd – March 31st, 2011
Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 9th, 6:30PM-8:00PM

How do you convey the passing of time in a day, in a year, in a life? To name but a few examples: awareness comes as day turns to night, as summer turns to fall, fashions change and people mature.  Time stamps its impressions on people as well as everything from tarnished silver to rusting metal and petrified wood.  History is recorded by the ticking of clocks, treasured antiques, and landmark buildings. Any of these and more qualify as “Perspectives in Time”. It’s your perspective that counts.
Some people my indicate the visual evidence of time in a photo sequence. For example, you may choose to create a triptych or even a series of up to six photos in one frame that convey the passage of time. It’s your call.

This call is open to PWP Members only
1. You MUST be logged into your account on the PWP website in order to view the call and download the application.
2. Once logged in click on Calls for Entry – found under the “Events and Calls For Entry” tab
3. You will find all active calls for entry in this list. Scroll down and click on “Details for Perspectives on Time”
4. Click on “Download the pdf form to apply by mail” for a printable copy of the call.

The Callahan Gallery at St. Francis College is just one stop from Manhattan at Borough Hall. Many trains go there and the gallery is a block away from the subway.
The committee will be willing to arrange for pick up and delivery to Brooklyn for those that need help.
Framing can be as you choose, mat or no mat,
Maximum dimension 40″.
Note – The space is large, well-lighted, street level and fabulous. There are plenty of gallery visitors every day, and the show can be seen from the street.

**The Exhibitions Committee has a number of future projects in the works and always welcomes PWP member volunteers. 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 at



Church of St. Paul the Apostle
405 West 59th Street
Second Floor New York NY 10019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Guest Fee $10.00


Vivian Cherry – Street Photographer

Street Photographers are a breed apart from other photographers. They have almost no time to make a decision and they must be prepared to snap the picture as soon as the subject comes into focus and the brain signals “NOW”.

Vivian Cherry has the gift and has had it since she began her career in the early 1940′s while working as a dancer in Broadway shows and nightclubs. She supported herself partly as a “darkroom technician for Underwood, a prominent photo service, which turned her into a skilled printer. Searching for more skill as a photographer, Ms. Cherry joined the Photo League, an organization formed by professional photographers in the 1930′s during the Depression to teach and support the “art of photography”. Cherry studied with Sid Grossman, a teacher who had a profound influence on countless photographers of the 1940′s and 1950′s, and she began selling her photo essays to popular magazines while continuing to work in Broadway Musicals and Supper Clubs.
She sold her photographs to Popular Photography, Life Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Red Book and Ebony. She also worked on assignment for This Week, Pageant, Colliers, Amerika and Sinclair Oil, almost all of which are no longer extant.
She made several short films and worked with the photographer Arnold Eagle as a still photographer on a film about Lee Strasberg and the Lee Strasberg Institute.

**Programs Director Ruth Gitto is starting to look for presenters, and speakers for next year. Please send her the name and contact information of anyone you think might be suitable for our meetings. The list can include prominent women photographers with a compelling story to tell and/or men or women expert in a topic relevant to photography that would be able to provide valuable information to our members about photography, portfolios or the business of photography.

Ruth is also taking names for curtain raisers for next year. Please let her know if you would like to present your work to us -and what your availability is.  It’s a great way to share, and get feedback from your peers.

Email Ruth at


Barbara Nelson has a host of new educational opportunities for us coming up in the next couple of months – check these out


Your blog is an important companion to your website. While a website is often somewhat static, a blog is organic, fun and gives you the opportunity to create some energy. Whether you are new to blogging, and don’t quite know where to take it, or a regular blogger, this seminar, presented by Nelly Yusupova, founder of Digital and Chapter leader of New York City webgrrls (no, that’s not a typo), will get you well on your way to the next level.

Nelly has been a featured tech expert on INC Magazine’s Website and has appeared as a guest expert on the NBC Today Show, She is frequently asked to speak across the country at many industry events about careers in technology, Web 2.0, marketing online, building communities, blogging, and social media. She conducts workshops and courses and writes extensively for the industry.

Date: January 8, 2010. Saturday
Time: 10:00 – 2:00
Location: to be announced
Fee: $40.00 members $50 non-members

LIGHTROOM: Simplify your workflow using the “other modules”.

Most Lightroom classes delve into the capabilities of the Library and  Develop modules of Lightroom. Often they do not explore the abilities of  Lightroom’s
“other modules”: Slideshow, Print and Web. This presentation will teach photographers how to utilize these  modules and learn things like how to:
. create  multi-image layouts
. utilize the print module
. create your own website right within Lightroom
. create pleasing presentations and custom video slideshows
. use some publishing features offered in Lightroom 3

Instructor Lindsay Adler Lindsay is a professional fashion and portrait photographer based in New York. Her work has  been featured in fashion and photography magazines including Professional Photographer, Rangefinder  Magazine, Shutterbug and more.  She teaches workshops at the leading photography  conferences, private classes, gallery shows and DVDS.

Her first book “The Linked Photographers’ Guide to Online Marketing and Social Media” hit stores in May 2010. Her second book,” Fashion Flair for Portrait and Wedding Photography”, is available for preorder and hits bookstores in February 2011.

DATE: January 25, 2011, Tuesday
TIME: 6 – 9 pm
LOCATION:  to be announced.
Fee:  PWP members $40.00.  non-members $50.00


Mark your calendar – Saturday, February 5. Portfolio Review.
Two independent curators will review each person’s portfolio.  followed by a conversation on the market trends.
More to come on this – watch for details on Yahoo Egroups.


Last year PWP began offering Member to Member workshops again. It is a wonderful opportunity for our members to share/teach a specific skill to others in PWP.  These are member taught and stand apart from the educational opportunities/classes/seminars PWP members get through Barbara Nelson.

If there is a photography related process or skill you are proficient in and would be willing to share, contact Ruth Gitto ( our Programs Director to organize a session.  It could be an evening or a weekend day and would be one or two hours at most.

Those we have done in the past have been a lot of fun, and it’s a great way to get to better know fellow members in a small group.

See photographs from the Member to Member workshop at Andy Mars’ on her page –!/album.php?aid=259219&id=654404058



The Winter 2010 issue of IMPRINTS is now available! The issue features the winners from PWP’s 35th Anniversary International Open Call as well as articles on alternate processes, social media, framing and photos from recent member exhibits, events and PWP’s mentoring program. Copies were distributed at the PWP Holiday Event on December 1.  The magazine will be available at the upcoming opening reception, Thursday, December 9 for NEW VISIONS at the Durst Show Walls Gallery and other venues around the city.  If you are unable to pick up a copy in person it will be mailed to you.



*Note – submission deadline has been changed

Open to PWP members only – no fee.

*NEW DEADLINE: December 31, 2010

To enter submit ONE black and white photograph in portrait format to fit the layout of the cover page. All subjects welcome: send us your best work. Email your jpeg, 72 dpi, 900 on the longest side to

The winning photo will be on the front cover of the June issue of IMPRINTS and there will be a photo essay/interview inside the magazine.  This is a great opportunity for you and your work to be featured in IMPRINTS.

The winner will be contacted in February and asked to submit additional photos for the article and to be interviewed by a member of the committee.

Contest sponsored by the Publications Committee.


The Board
Professional Women Photographers