News From Our President – January 2011

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Volume 5 | Issue 6 | January 2011

Maddi Ring, Photo © Susan Raab

PWP President, Madeline Ring. Photo © Susan Raab

Greetings from the Board

Happy New Year and warm wishes for 2011 from your Board

Adele, Beth, Catherine, Karen, Katie, Mary

Maddi, Patricia, Ruth, Sandy, Terry, Trish


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 Selections for the “35th Anniversary Open Call” on our website.

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


FYI – We now have a new official address for PWP post office mail.

119 West 72nd Street, #223

NY, NY 10023.

We expect this will have minor impact on our membership since most of our activities are web/E mail driven.



PWP has a new online submission process for our members-only calls for entry.  As with our open calls, members can now upload images for submission, pay with PAYPAL and avoid burning CDs, printing contact sheets, and mailing or delivering envelopes.  Our current call for entry, below, “A Woman’s World” is signed up for this great new time saving process. Download the instructions and submit!

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


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

Our current exhibition at the Durst Organization Show Walls Gallery, 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street is still on and it is well worth a visit. In this exhibit, PWP members show off their latest and greatest, and the collection is sure to excite, inspire and impress!


Submission Deadline: January 15, 2011

There’s still time to get your submissions in to PWP’s members-only exhibit A Woman’s World, to be displayed at Macy’s Herald Square in March, 2011. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to show your work in one of the busiest venues in NYC!  Please log into your account on and download the PDF for details on how to apply online.

A Woman’s World

Exhibit: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 – Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Reception: March 3, 2011, 6-8 pm

Macy’s Herald Square

Broadway at 34th Street

New York NY 10001

THEME: There was a time when a woman’s world was confined to the home. To venture out meant that others were unable to support her, or she was thought to be brazen. Today, women have equal opportunities, working in most spheres once limited to men, even rising to leadership positions. Still, it cannot be ignored that in parts of the world, including in the U.S., gender separation and inequality remains deeply ingrained, both culturally and politically.

What is universal is no matter what their work, women the world over are typically courageous, flexible, and able to handle a multiplicity of responsibilities and problems not only their own, but those of their families and communities.

In this exhibition during Women’s History Month, we would like to recognize the strengths of women by celebrating their advancement outside of the home, and honoring the importance of their work within it. A Woman’s World is not an either/or world. We would like to see images that reflect women’s achievements and happiness, while not turning away from the difficulties, even abuses, that many face everywhere. A Woman’s World is a real world. How would you like to picture it?


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 exhibitions[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


GUEST SPEAKER: 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.  Her career includes working as a dancer on Broadway, darkroom technician for Underwood, joining the Photo League, an organization formed by professional photographers during the Depression to teach and support the “art of photography”, photo essayist, photographer for many publications and much more.


GUEST SPEAKER: Arlene Collins – Documentary Photographer

Arlene is a documentary photographer specializing in photographing remote cultures and changing civilizations around the world from Asia to Africa. In addition to her images of diverse and distant cultures, Arlene has worked on several long-term photo essays focusing on Boxing in New York City and Bangkok, Thailand, the Rodeo and Unesco World Heritage Sites. She specializies in the use of wireless multi-strobe units and working in difficult lighting situations.

Arlene is on the faculty of Parsons School of Design and has taught at the International Center of Photography. In the summers she teaches at the Maine Media workshops and has lectured internationally.


Programs Director Ruth Gitto is looking for presenters and speakers for next year. Please send names and contact information of anyone suitable for our meetings. Include prominent women photographers with a compelling story to tell, men or women experts in a topic that would 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. This is a great way to share, and get feedback from your peers. To sign up contact Ruth for schediuling.

Email Ruth at rkgitto[at]



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 Woman. com 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

RSVP: bnelson2[at]

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 seminar will teach photographers how to utilize these  modules including 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 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

RSVP to bnelson2[at]


Mark your calendar – Saturday, February 5.

Two independent curators will review each participant’s portfolio to be followed by a conversation on trends in the photographic market place.

Watch for details on Egroups.



On June 5, 2011, from 2:30 to 5PM, PWP will be sponsoring a Photography Boat Trip around Manhattan Island. The focus will be the architecture of Manhattan as seen from the water and our guide will be a certified AIA architect.

The trip will be limited to 55 guests.  The cost will be $95 per person and will include light refreshments.

Specifics and sign-up information will be sent in early May, but please mark your calendars to hold the date.



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Professional Women Photographers