Judy Cooper   Family Gathering Gallery



Judy Cooper   2nd Place    Family Gathering

"The Irish Twins" 2004, digital print, 20"x20"

Mother and Daughter, 2006, digital pigment print, 23"x23"

Granddaughters, 2006, digital pigment print, 23"x23"

Wearing the Flag, 2004, digital pigment print, 42"x42

The New York Twins, 2007, digital pigment print, 20"x22"

Twin-O-Rama, 2003, digital pigment print, 45"x45"

Judy Cooper  New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

As a human being and as an artist, what I find most interesting in this world is the human condition itself. So in an effort to try to make some sense of it, I have trained my camera on my fellow man.

Man is a social animal. We live in groups. The first, most basic and most important group to which we will ever belong is the family. The family is the very bedrock of civilization.

Photography, almost since its inception, has been intimately involved with documenting and preserving the history of the family. Well before the 20th century, journeyman photographers toured the highways and byways of America making family portraits. Almost every family has one. These family portraits are always interesting. They are a little slice of history. And if it is a history that relates to us, even better. It is fun to try to identify all the people; to guess who is married to whom, who are brothers and sisters; to look at the faces and see the relationships, the similarities and differences.

Recently I have done a series of photographs of twins. I find them intriguing from several points of view. On a purely visual level, the use of repetition is a basic technique of composition and design as well as being a common device of humor. I hope, therefore, that the image of identical twins, especially when they are dressed alike, is visually enticing and amusing. At the same time, it raises questions about perception itself.

The image of identical twins resonates on a deeper human level by challenging our assumptions of individual identity and uniqueness. And the special bond that twins seem to have brings up questions about our relationships with others.

For some years, I have worked with large-scale prints which make the subjects, if not life size, at least on a par with the viewer. I am attempting to achieve a kind of super realism to enhance the larger-than-life, mythic quality of these ordinary, everyday kind of people. I hope the fact that the subjects are looking the viewer straight in the eyes makes the viewer recognize his or her common humanity with them. See Resume


1st Place
(12 images)
Susan Liebold, New York City, New York, USA

2nd Place (6 images)
Judy Cooper, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
3rd Place (3 images)
Sarah Bones, Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA

FAMILY GATHRINGS  < Honorable Mention Juror Choice

Family Gathering Juror: Audrey Jonckheer
Worldwide Pro Photographer Relations



1st Place (12 images)
Sarah Bones, Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA
2nd Place (6 images)
Glennis Siverson, Orlando, Florida, USA
3rd Place (3 images)
Cary Loving, Richmond, Virginia, USA

LANDSCAPES < Honorable Mention Juror Choice

Landscape Juror: Sarah Leen
Senior Photo Editor
National Geographic Society


1st Place (12 images)
Laura Bennett, Pearland, Texas, USA
2nd Place (6 images)
Catherine E. Money, South Pasadena, California, USA
3rd Place (3 images)
Diane Silverman, Los Angeles, California, USA

SELF-PORTRAITS  < Honorable Mention Juror Choice

Self-Portraits Juror: Jean Ferro
Photo Artist / President
Women In Photography International


  Free Translation from English to: French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch,   Portuguese, Russian, simplified and traditional Chinese

copyright 1999-2009 Women In Photography International