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The research is about 450 pages and include more than 2200 women photographers' profiles. I first started it 15 years ago with a census about women photographers active in Europe and mediterranean region for Bologna 2000 Città Europea della Cultura (english version in Women in Photography International site at: http://womeninphotography.org/archive05-Jan01/gallery/f2/wipinews.html). Since 2013 then I developed a wide prospective including a worldwide research of women photographers.

Recent Articles including reference to WIPI:

CHAPTER 1 page 19; 20; 21 920   ENGLISH TRANSLATRION
§ 4: Women In Photography International (WIPI)

In the eighties, characterized by the awareness of their own value as women, some photographers of Los Angeles decided to give visibility in the world of photography. Thus was born, in 1981, Women in Photography International (WIPI), thanks to Thea Litsios, Orah Moore, Carrie Mae Weems, Margaret Grundstein, Mary McNally, Debra Denker, Bonnie Flamer, Janet Schipper, Deborah Roundtree and Linda Wolf. The purpose of WIPI, a non-profit organization, considered this an educational facility, is to exploit the women working in the field of photography. Currently, given that in the U.S. after the September 11, 2001 the allocations for non-profits have declined, its survival depends exclusively on the shares of the members and those for online photographic competitions in addition to donations by manufacturers of photographic material. Most of the members are from the US, but also counts photographers from other countries and continents. Since 1983, WIPI constituted the Distinguished Photographer's Award, for recognition of the photographers who have made important contributions to the world of photography. Past editions have awarded the prize to Eve Arnold, Ruth Bernhard, Judy Dater, Marion Post Wolcott, Linda McCartney, Mary Ellen Mark, Ruth Orkin, Joyce Tenneson, Berenice Abbott, Grace Robertson, Carrie Mae Weems, Annie Leibovitz, and Sylvia Plachy - in both the last two cases in collaboration with the prestigious Lucie Awards (7 *), while from 2006 to 2008 it was made a selection of one hundred DISTINGUISHED PHOTOGRAPHERS to pay tribute to as many photographers from around the world and at different stages of their careers that "with their dedication, their artistic skills and their work have influenced our lives," as stated in the presentation. Since 2000, the President is the photographer-artist Jean Ferro, as she likes to say, has "WIPI ferried into the 21st century through the International Speedway of the web". The site was born as an additional tool for the dissemination of the work of the photographers internationally, has rapidly become a valuable resource not only for us but also for associated researchers and students from around the world. Has in fact more than three thousand pages, since maintains online archive of everything that appeared from 1999 onwards. It is the portfolio, the Galleries and the links associated to their personal sites. To promote the activities of members, it offers other useful tools: in fact there is a section HIRE-A-PRO called WIPI WIPI which provides links to find the appropriate professional to a request for photographic works. There is also section SPOTLIGHT, a kind of dashboard that highlights the associates who have their own PhotoProfile, short biographies with meaningful pictures that summarize their work, linked to their site, as well as a section devoted to exhibitions organized by WIPI 1985 on. WIPI has organized regular online exhibitions and competitions, open to all photographers who want to be known and to enrich with their images photographic culture.


Among the exhibitions stands Tea Time International: images of women images of tea, organized in 2001 for the 25th anniversary and exposed to the House of Photographic Art in San Juan Capistrano, a refined Californian Gallery and Photo L.A. 2002, the world famous International Exhibition of Photography in Los Angeles. www.womeninphotography.org) also hosts an online reference library with notations of more than twenty-four thousand photographers, created by historian Peter Palmquist, a member of the WIPI Advisory Committee, which gave a huge help, helping to ensure that WIPI became a fundamental point of reference for women photographers. Since 2003 the archive edited by Peter Palmquist, who died prematurely (Peter Palmquist Western Americana Permanent Collection), is located at Yale University, in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and contains both the first evidence of the association that images relating to great exhibition of 2001 Tea Time. In recent years WIPI has seen its constant presence at Photo LA while Silvershotz, the exclusive magazine photography, has dedicated entirely to WIPI the number 8, represented by eleven photographers association.

From 2010 WIPI, whose members until then were divided into CHARTER (professional photographers considered a benchmark in the field of photography and operated in WIPI), PROfessional, (professional with more than two years of experience) General (members who use photography as a means of expression and / or professionals for less than two years) and Student, decided to focus their energy to enhance the work of their members, giving the opportunity to those who had distinguished itself over the years to become charter Member and this qualitative leap gave important results. In fact in 2014 the University of Yale, who already kept our images in Peter Palmquist Western Americana Permanent Collection, has put online the archive of us (This will be online later this spring 2017),until that time it’s still on the main WIPI website - They are working to handle the website and bring the info into their online system) among those Charter Members of the Beinecke Library and has acquired all the association's paperwork to put it in network: is a great recognition that this important institution wants to preserve and pass on to future generations our efforts. In addition the profiles of us Charter Member were collected in a volume short-run and post, as well as the Beinecke Library, also to National Women's History Museum; Smithsonian Museum Library; International Center of Photography; Center of Creative Photography - University of Arizona; Getty Center Museum Library; The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlessinger Library - History of Women in America of Harvard University. you can view the images and detailed profiles of us Charter Members that we are part of the WIPI ARCHIVE YALE / Beinecke LIBRARY also in the WIPI site. These relate to: Amie Vanderford, Angel Burns, Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin, Belinda Jentz, Betty Press, Bev Pettit, Bonnie Flamer, Brenda Maltese, Candace Biggerstaff, Carol Henry, Carolyn C. Meltzer, Cat Jimenez, Catherine Bauknight, Catherine Ellen Money, Cathy Greenblat, Cordula Ohman, Darcie Goldberg, Dawn Hope Stevens, Diane Roter, Diane Silverman, Dianne Poinski, EF Kitchen, Elizabeth Siegfried, Freyda Miller, Hilary Neroni, Ivy Bigbee, JJ L'Heureux, J. Madison Rink, Jane Fulton Alt, Jane Gottlieb, Jane Olin, Jane Stevens, Jean Ferro, Jill Connelly, Joan Dooley, Joanne Bartone, Julia Dean, Julia McLemore, June H. Lee, Kathleen T. Carr, Kathleen Taylor, Kathryn Jacobi, Kathy Corday, Leslie Ebert, Lilyan Aloma, Lisa Blair, Margaret Waage, Margo Taussig


Pinkerton, Maria Daniel Balcazar, Mariana Bartolomeo, Martina Gates, Meg Madison, Melanie Temmer, Merrie Asimow, Monica Kane Stewart, Nancy Clendaniel, Patricia D. Richards, Patrizia Pulga, Patty Tuggle, Renee Jacobs, Rosemary Delucco Alpert, Sally Kim-Miller, Sara Terry, Sharyn Keller, Sherrie Berger, Tiffany Trenda, Trish Simonite, Wendy Schneider, Wilda Squires Gerideau and Winifred Meiser, all Americans, except me. Of some of them and others who have been part of the association I will discuss in the chapter on women photographers in North America.


Additional notations, Women in Photography International pg 96


CHAPTER 8 (ITALY) page 146
Born in Bologna in 1950, graduated in Political Science in 1979 she started the profession taking pictures during the manifestations of the feminist movement. In the same year she opened a studio with a colleague where, until 2006 she has been working as a commercial photographer continuing projects about women's condition with the series The World through the eyes of women and No More, about violence against women and about the urban changes in European and American cities with the project Metropolitan Fragments. Alongside, she is a photography teacher in workshops and courses in colleges and universities including: Orvieto photography; Bologna University - School of Journalism; University of Ferrara - Sociology of Art Course; Region Emilia Romagna - Department for Equal Opportunities; Women's House and Center of Documentation and Research of Women of the Municipality of Bologna and Advertising and Design Salesian Institute of Bologna. Among the educational projects: Notes against racism for the kindergarten pupils and teachers, drawn up with the writer Elena Gianini Belotti and journalist Maria de Lourdes Jesus; Identity and immigration - a story in pictures: photo workshop for foreign women in Emilia Romagna in collaboration with the associations ARMONIE and ENFAP and Women Photographers' Net: census about european women photographers for Bologna 2000 Città Europea della Cultura, while as a Charter Member of Women in Photography International (WIPI) she writes articles about Asian and African photographers for the association's website. She has exhibited her works in many venues including the Museum of Modern Art of Monaco of Bavaria; Museum of Modern Art of Zagreb; Museum of Modern Art of Vilnius; Italian Academy in London, World Trade Center in Barcelona, Uffizi Gallery in Florence; S.I.C.O.F in Milan, Archiginnasio Library, Town Hall, Palazzo d'Accursio, Palace of the Notaries, and House of Photography in Bologna and in collective exhibits with WIPI in House of Contemporary Art in San Juan Capistrano, California, Photo L.A. in Los Angeles in 2002, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Her pictures are part of private and public collections including those of the Centro e Archivio della Comunicazione (CSAC) at Parma University, Italy; Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and YALE / WIPI online Archive both at Yale University (USA). (revised 3/3017)

CHAPTER 10 (NORTH AMERICA) page 294; 295
President of Women In Photography International (WIPI) since 2000, where she supported the careers of hundreds of women photographers through curating exhibitions and overseeing the launch and direction of WIPI’s outreach into the 21st Century. Ferro started taking pictures in the seventies of musicians and personalities; self-taught and a fine art photo model in Hollywood, she began self-portraits (auto-portraits) to learn photography and worked as a model for top photographers such as Helmut Newton and Antonin Kratochvil. Her self-portrait work was featured in ZOOM Magazine in five countries as well as well as other national and international publications including a special slide presentation in 1992, Il Giornale di Sicilia. In addition to portraits, photos of those years relate to the show business personalities who performed or lived in Hollywood: from Arianna Huffington, Sophia Loren, David Bowie to Ringo Starr, to name a few. In 1996 the project Global Liberty - a series of photos of the Statue of Liberty prints were collaged onto newspapers of forty-two countries. The 42 works of art were exhibited at Los Angeles City Hall and marked the passage, after more than fifteen years of traditional photography, to mixed media art photography. Also in (1992-93), an award/grant from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department helped Ferro produce Through Our Own Eyes, Self Portraits by People Without Homes, a project of social footprint by photos and video format on the community of the homeless that Jean had given disposable cameras that document the city from their point of view and compiled them into a 30min video/documentary. Recent work Crystal Slippers (2013-14), featured in Silvershotz international magazine were beautifully photographed glass slippers, with reference to the Wizard of Oz: the crystal is a symbol of the fragility and magical properties and shoes play a highly symbolic role in women’s wear; so the artist likes to make them different, changing the background on which they rest and playing with a thousand reflections that produce when the light hits them. Since 2002, The ducks-in-a-row series continues to be an inspirational series and growing body of work. Jean, is a contributing writer to The Photograph Collector covering art based international fairs in Los Angeles and is also an Advisory Board of the Lucie Foundation. She has exhibited her pictures in important galleries, museums and festivals including Paris Photo, the Nikon House in New York, the Konica Plaza in Tokyo, the Bridge Gallery - Los Angeles City Hall, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and numerous editions of Photo LA. Among are the principals of business photos Paramount Studios, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and Capitol Records. Her images have appeared on TV network magazine shows, ABC, CBS and in many photographic magazines including Zoom, French Photo, Petersen’s Photographic and Los Angeles Magazine; are part of private and public collections including those of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Yale / WIPI online Archive both at Yale University (U.S.A.). (revised 3/3017)

Member Biographic information included:

Betty Press pg 267, Bonnie Flamer pg 268, Carol Henry pg 270, Cat Jimenez pg 272, Catherine Bauknight pg 272, Elizabeth Siegfried pg 283, Freyda Miller pg 288, Ivy Bigbee pg 292, Jane Fulton Alt pg 293, Jane Gottlieb pgs 293-294, Jean Ferro pgs 294-295, Jill Connelly pg 297, Julia Dean 302, Kathleen T. Carr pg 305, Maria Daniel Balcazar pg 320, Nancy Clendaniel pg 330, Patricia D. Richards pg 334, Patrizia Pulga 146, Renee Jacobs, pg 338, Thea Litsios pg 351, Sara Terry pg 342, Trish Simonite pg 352, Wendy Schneider pg 353-354,


Annie Leibovitz pg 262-263
Berenice Abbott pg 47
Carrie Mae Weems, pg 271-272
Editta Sherman pg 71
Eve Arnold pg 74
Grace Robertson pg 193
Joyce Tenneson pg 302
Judy Dater pg 301-302
Linda Mc Cartney pg 312
Marion Post Wolcott, pg 82
Mary Ellen Mark pg 325
Ruth Bernhard pg 83-84
Ruth Orkin pg 84
Sylvia Plachy pg 349

Le donne fotografe dalla nascita della fotografia ad oggi: uno sguardo di genere / Women photographers from the beginning of photography up to now: a gender insight

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