News From Our President – January 2012

January 2012 Newsletter

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2nd International Open Call for Entry
News from the Education Desk
Cuban Photography Exhibit
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Happy and Healthy New Year! As we take stock of our progress to date, it is noteworthy that we are swiftly advancing towards our membership, sponsorship and outreach goals. I thank our continuing members (many who have been with us for the long haul) and welcome new members. In these tough economic times we especially value your membership. Besides our education programs, monthly programming and speakers, we provide a robust online community chock full of information ready to share in a moment’s notice.  I look forward to the new exhibitions and opportunities developing in front of our eyes. Stay tuned!Check out our blog on Jane Hoffer’s historic images of the first women NYPD officers on patrol. It was named one of the best blogs of 2011 by Photoshelter, and was aptly written by our own Catherine Kirkpatrick.Here’s hoping for excellent weather and photographic opportunities for 2012. I spent some time January 1st at Coney Island’s Polar Bear Club’s annual dip into the Atlantic. Perfect weather, wonderful event, joyous people preening for the camera ….who can ask for anything more?Happy Shooting!


Beth Portnoi ShawPresident



Susan BloomChurch of St. Paul the Apostle

405 West 59th StreetSecond Floor New York NY 10019
Wednesday, January 4th
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Guest Fee $10
Speaker: Susan Bloom
Curtain Raiser: Adele Epstein

Susan Ruddick Bloom is known for her fine art photography. She uses alternative photographic processes and digital manipulation. Sue has been involved in making art on the computer for over twenty-seven years. She holds a BFA and a MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at McDaniel College, in Westminster, Maryland.

Sue’s book, Digital Collage and Painting, by Focal Press, was released in 2006, and has been translated into Chinese and Russian. This 608 page book is seen as the Bible for digital collage and painting manipulation. A second, revised version was released in October 2010. Sue is also the author of Digital Painting in Photoshop ( 2009).

Sue writes articles for leading photography magazines including Shutterbug and After Capture, is a regular contributor to Australia’s Better Photoshop Techniques and conducts live webinars. See her full bio here.  Her work may be viewed at

We are always on the lookout for volunteers to do Member-to-Member workshops. If you have any great workshop ideas, please contact Ruth Gitto, Program Director at


Paperwork by Jane Hoffer
Paperwork © Jane Hoffer

The PWP blog article (Sgt. Pepper Uncovered) by Catherine Kirkpatrick about Jane Hoffer’s historic images of the first women NYPD officers on patrol was named one of the Top Photography Blog Posts of 2011 by Photoshelter. You can see Photoshelter’s article here (and then scroll down to the section called Inspiration).

For a look at Meryl Meisler’s historic images of burnt out Bushwick in the 1980s, check out the current Archives blog article here.

We also welcome any ideas you might have for additional articles. ContactCatherine Kirkpatrick for the inside scoop on how you can be our next blogger!


36th Open Call
36th Open Call Winners

Our Second International ”Spring 2012″ Open Call is accepting submissions through January 31st.

Mary Ellen Mark, recognized as one of the world’s most respected and influential photographers ( has graciously agreed to be our juror. Details can be found by clicking here.
Note that awards include $3000 in cash, a group show in May at the .NO Gallery, Datacolor calibration products, a 6-month online exhibition and an article in IMPRINTS Magazine.


Wednesday January 11th


Designing, editing and sequencing a photography book can be a great challenge. In this 4-hour workshop we will look at everyone’s recently published book and
  • critique image sequence and visual narrative,
  • individual layout and design issues including the cover
  • use of text .
  • discuss questions about color and tonality.
Professional critiques of your work, and seeing others as well, will be most valuable for your next publication.
DATE:  Wednesday January 11th from 10 am – 2 pm
FEE:  $60 PWP member with book..  $80 non-member with book.  Audit the workshop.  $35.00
RSVP directly to Barbara at


Claudia Sohrens is a German-born visual artist and educator, who lives and works in New York. Sohrens received a BFA in Communications Design from IN.D, in Hamburg, and an MA in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School in Switzerland, where she is currently a PhD candidate. She is faculty in the Full-Time General Studies Program at the International Center of Photography, in the Photography Department at Parsons The New School for Design and in the Communications Design Department at Pratt Institute.


For registration and more details, click here.


Thursday January 25th


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a powerful application with many features to help photographers work more efficiently. Lightroom can open up many creative options, and in many areas, it can take the place of Photoshop. In this four hour workshop, award-winning author and photographer Andrew Darlow will cover these and other topics: Limited to 12 attendees.

This workshop is designed for those who are using Lightroom in some way, but want to learn how to “supercharge” it.* How to make sure your photos are ready to be imported into a Lightroom Catalog;
* An overview of Lightroom’s Develop Module color correction features, including how to make selective color/contrast adjustments;
* Specific tips for using the Spot Removal tool (Clone and Heal options), Graduated Filter tool and Adjustment Brush (all located in the Develop Module);
* Sample workflows and sharpening techniques for popular types of photos, including: portraits, landscapes and flowers;
* Tips for using presets, as well as batch processing;
* Tips for converting to black and white;
* How to save Presets and apply them to one or many images; and
* How to use Virtual Copies, Collections and Smart Collections.

WORKSHOP: Lightroom Image Correction:

DATE: Thursday, January 25, 2012 from 12:30 – 4:30pm
LOCATION: to be announced
FEE: $85.00 PWP Members. $100 non[-members
RSVP and for more details email
To hold reservation, forward check, payable to PWP:
Barbara Nelson
340 Haven Avenue #3J
New York, NY 10033
Andrew Darlow is a photographer, author and digital imaging consultant. He is the former Editorial Director of Digital Imaging Techniques Magazine, and the current editor of, an online imaging magazine. His photography and how-to articles have been featured in numerous magazines and websites, including Photo District News, PDN Gear Guide, Popular Photography, Rangefinder, and Studio Photography magazine. For more than 15 years he has taught thousands how to improve their photography, workflow and digital print output at conferences, industry events, and educational institutions, including the PDN PhotoPlus Expo, the Arles Photo Festival (Arles, France), Columbia University, and the International Center of Photography in New York. He regularly exhibits his work and his prints are held in many private collections.His book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers, is a resource that covers many aspects of digital printmaking, and includes the imagery and advice of over 20 photographers and other artists. He also publishes the Inkjet & Imaging Tips Newsletter, available free to subscribers at
Other workshops and seminars are being developed for the winter. If you have any great ideas, don’t keep them to yourselves- Share them with us- click on Barbara Nelson to have those ideas heard!

Imaginings Photography Exhibit at Center of Cuban Studies
©Trish Mayo
In the fall of 2011, Professional Women Photographers sponsored two trips to Cuba and 40 photographers journeyed to Havana, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos.
The work of 22 of these photographers will be on exhibition at The Cuban Art Space Of the Center of Cuban Studies, 231 West 29th Street, 4th Floor, from January 6 – 20 and although this is not a PWP-sponsored exhibition we are very excited to announce it here and hope to see you at the opening!The opening reception is January 12 from 6-8 pm.For more details see our blog article here.


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AMAZON logoEvery time you make a purchase on through the PWP website, PWP receives 2-5% of the sale price.  You can help raise money for our organizationwithout any effort. (I have enlisted my daughter, who seems to be the queen of online Amazon shopping, to use our link too. Easy donations for PWP- try it – you’ll like it!)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with how this works, go to the PWP home page,, and scroll down to the bottom and click on the yellow box that says “Books Plus.”  You’ll automatically get transferred to your regular account page.You can also click on the Amazon picture here.
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