President WIPI, (2000-) PhotoArtist
Jean Ferro began working in photography in the 1970s, mentored by
and ultimately collaborator with some of the era’s most celebrated
photographers including Laszlo Willinger, Helmut Newton, Mario Casilli,
Don Peterson and Antonin Kratochvil. The first time she looked through
the lens of a camera, she sensed an immediate connection simultaneously
focusing and expanding her vision. She began to build a body of
provocative and intimate self-portraits exploring her relationship
to herself and the world around her.
Among her first work to be shown was “The Green Slip”
series, selected for the 1978 Rochester Institute of Technology
(RIT) invitational exhibition. A collection of Ferro’s images
was published in 1985 by the prestigious international fine arts
photography magazine ZOOM, and featured in their American, English, French
German and Italian editions. Our Illusions and Reality Women
Photographers highlighted her photograph, "Memorial Day," prominently
displayed at Nikon House in New York City and at Tokyo's
Konica Plaza. “Bomarzo,” from Ferro’s Italian
series, became the poster image for the 1989 show, “Paris
Photo Lab Presents Jean Ferro,” a solo exhibition held in
collaboration with Propaganda Films in Hollywood, California.
This early recognition helped to establish Ferro as a highly collectible
photographer and gained her international acclaim as a photo-based,
mixed media artist in what became an eclectic 40 year career.
Fascinated by the people and progress in the culturally creative
communities she discovered in her adopted cities of Los Angeles
and Hollywood, she covered the movie and music scenes, shot celebrities
and album covers and advertising. But her interests were broader.
In the wake of the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Ferro’s images
of the land site and construction progress for the Southern
California Rail Authority helped secure the necessary FEMA funding
for the expansion of the Metrolink rail system. Through a Los
Angeles Cultural Affairs Artist in the Community grant, Ferro directed
and produced the video social commentary, "Through Our Own
Eyes: Self-Portraits by People Without Homes.” Los Angeles
Municipal Art Gallery featured an installation of this documentary in
the 1995 exhibition, “Social Engagements: Observations and
Inspired by her family history and her innate desire for freedom
of expression, Jean’s 1996 “Global Liberty” art
series of 42 photographic collages debuted at the
Los Angeles City Hall’s “Bridge Gallery” and was
honored with a commendation from Mayor Richard Riordan. Fine
arts photographer Edmund Teske called Ferro’s exhibition “the
essence of Walt Whitman and Edward Steichen's The Family of Man."
In 2000, Jean became president and the driving force of Women in
Photography International continuing and expanding the organization’s
original 1981 mission of promoting visibility of women photographers
and their work.
Since 2005, she has photographed and written the Random Notes section
of The Photograph Collector, covering large annual international
art shows as well as the newly created Paris Photo L.A.
Ferro’s popular “ducks-in-a-row” series was created
in 2002 from her SX-70 Polaroid's. She produced the romantic and
nostalgic photographic series “Crystal Slippers” in
Her extensive archive includes portraits of Arianna Huffington,
Larry Gelbart, music industry greats, David Bowie, Ringo Starr,
Herbie Hancock and Reba McEntire, and her mentor, Hollywood raconteur,
the late Samson DeBrier. Jean continues to document the career of
her son, actor/director Eric Etebari.
in progress - incomplete)
2000-2017, Women In Photography International President, (womeninphotography.org)
Curator, Juror, Conceptual design and promotion/pr related to online
exhibitions, feature stories and onsite art fair presentations of
the history of the organization and member activities. Coordinated
and priduced introduction to the Beinecke Library / Yale University
WIPI archive collection for research
2012-present, Crystal Slippers fine art series, published Silvershotz,
final collectible analog printing, Women In Photography International
- 2012 photo la, Women In Photography International, footwear digital
2007-present, onsite film documentation of Eric Etebari, film and
video, projects include Film Bare Knuckles and independent projects
onsite before, during and post productions.
2006-collaboration w/Kodak to create production of digital limited
edition of Women In Photography International 25th Anniversary book
and distribution to museums/libraries worldwide.
2003-2004, Lucie Foundation, collaboration to launch Lucie Awards
and to honor women photographers to received WIPI Distinguished
Photographers Award at 1st Annual Lucie's/Los Angeles, Annie Leibovitz,
2003 and New York/Sylvia Plachy, 2004.
2002-present, ducks-in-a row series for charitable auction and current
2014 online sales. Auctions, Focus On Aides 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007,
2009, Municipal Art Gallery, and others. http://jeanferro.com/ducks-in-a-row-photos/IMAGES/ducks/ferro_ducks.html
1999 - present, Capitol Records building, ongoing documentation
- end of century, Capitol Records Commission, 1999 Capitol Records
Building collectible Christmas Card
1999 - Dreamworks, SKG, land site and structural documentation for
proposed studio on the Howard Hughes Playa Vista Property. Files
are archived in the Dreamworks
SKG studio library.
1997 - 1998 FOX Story Telling project, ( Michelle Isenberg program,
project director Gayle Gale, LA Cultural Affairs, Artists in the
Community). Ferro created innovative organized display using 1st
digitized online Konica gallery to present 22 artists and filmmakers
at work at six LA City schools presentation for Fox Studios (ARTISTS:
Gayle Gale, Angela Briggs, Candace Gwane, Richard Wyatt, Richard
Godfrey, Alfredo DuBach, FILMAKERS: Mark Berndt/Michael Long, Mar
Elepano/Stacy Armenta, Luis Mesa/Aito Steele, Gardner Monks/Chris
Levitas, Judy Irola/Gardner Monks STORYTELLERS: Alidz Agbabian,
Phyllis Chang, Ayanna Contreras, Karen Golden, Georgiana Sanchez,
1997 - FOX Story Telling project, ( Michelle Isenberg program )
Studio documentation of artist Rene Petropolis and Tony Berlant,
personal in-house studio and exterior installation of project at
Fox Studios, Century City. LA City Schools, LA Cultural Affairs
6 onsite artist program. First unique digital online photo documentation
gallery through Konica.
1996 - present Statue of Liberty Series, 1st showing Statue of Liberty,
solo exhibition, Los Angeles City Hall, Bridge Gallery, 42 international
newspaper/photograph mixed media art works, Gannett, billboard bus
stop poster. Michele Isenberg (extensive and ongoing project) Exhibited,
Fine Arts Building
1995, Samson DeBrier (1910-1995), onsite tribute and archive, covering
Samson's life and work, personal and public documentation archive,
includes Curtis Harrington, Marjorie Cameron at his home. (6026
Barton Ave/Hollywood, where Kenneth Anger's 1954 cult film Inauguration
of the Pleasure Dome was filmed with Anaïs Nin). Tribute attendees
included family, Michelle Phillips, Mary Guggenheim, Cameron, Curtis
Harrington, family, friends, writers ,poets, artists, and others.
Samson was my personal friend and mentor.
1994 - Jan- May, Earthquake Emergency, Southern California Regional
Rail Authority, documentation, of the transition of the rail line
in So. California with the Metrolink expansion program - images
helped secure FEMA Funding for construction and expansion of the
rail system. Jean Ferro / historical archive
1995, Gangs, imprisoned teens, work camps self-portrait art project,
LA Theater Works
1992 - 1993 - Through Our Own Eyes, Self-Portraits without Homes,
produced/directed, 30 min. video documentary sponsored in part by
a grant award from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept and others.
(completion time one year)
1990 Paramount Pictures Corp Valentino Place Door multi-color cibachrome
49" x 40" hexad
1990 - Women In Film Festival, International division, Directors
Guild, Oct. 25, 1990, Dir. of Photography documenting and preservation
of photographic files. Programs in film and TV, written, produced
or directed by women in file. http://articles.latimes.com/1990-10-25/entertainment/ca-4449_1_film-festival
1975- present, Music, film, TV personalities, portraits, concerts,
1974 - present, city scapes, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Death Valley,
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Manhattan, New York, Paris, Rome, Studios:
Kensington Gardens, El Centro, Valentino Place, The Hermoyne.
1974-present, Personalities, music, film, tv, theater productions,
1974-present, fine art self-portraits, exhibited and published
EDITORIAL / VIDEO / EXHIBITIONS
2017 - WIPI - Beinecke/Library inclusion, Charter Gallery presentation
10 images, biographical info
2014 -SILVERSHOTZ, Women In Photography International feature, Jean
Ferro pgs 52-55 Crystal Slipper series, .curator Clive Waring/Editor
2013-present, The Photograph Collector, Paris Photo LA, Jean Ferro
Random notes, 4 page column article and photos
2005-present, The Photograph Collector, Month of January, Random
Notes on art scene fairs, Art Los Angeles, photo la, Art Contemporary,
MOCA/Geffen Art Books (2013 -present), article and photos.
2010-2013, Silvershotz, edited version The Photograph Collector
2007, "Gold VI", Polaroid SX70 Focus On Aides #12, / Directors
Guild, Los Angeles, exhibition catalog
2005, Random Notes by Jean Ferro, photo l.a 2005, The Photograph
2005, Zebra # , Focus On Aides #11, / Directors Guild, Los Angeles,
2004, Women In Photography International, 5 photographer portfolios,
Jean Ferro, Self-portraits, Epson printer 2000P
2004, Red #IV, Polaroid SX70 series, Focus On Aides #10, / Directors
Guild, Los Angeles, 2004 exhibition catalog
2003, Jean Ferro, Women in Photography, Coagula Dec.02-Jan03
2002, Photo LA, Women In Photography International, exhibition/auction.
ducks-in-a-row "Stars & Stripes" Polaroid SX70
2002, Focus On Aids #9, Barney's Beverly Hills, CA, ducks-in-a-row
#1 original SX70 4 image series Hollywood Portfolio exhibition catalog
- Hollywood Bound, Women In Photography International (womeninphotography.org)
presents Hollywood Bound at the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood
Regional Branch Library
2001, 20th Anniversary, Women In Photography International, House
of Photographic Art, San Juan, Capistrano,
Statue of Liberty original.
2000 Edinburgh Film Festival, Scotland, Heidi Chronicles Production,
artwork: Statue of Liberty
1999, Los Angeles, City of Dreams, (Book), Towery Publishing, Urban
Tapestry Series. Includes Los Angeles City Hall images, and others.
1998, Global Liberty, Fine Arts Building, Los Angeles, CA
1998, Global Liberty, Mercantile Bank, Century City, CA
1997/1998, Fox Studio Story Telling Project, Community Outreach,
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department w/Michelle Isenberg and
Artist/Director, Gayle Gale., featuring 6 artist and 6 filmmakers
1997, TV Liberty, Focus on AIDS 7, Directors Guild, Los Angeles
1996, Edmund Teske Quote, Global Liberty. "Your show Jean Ferro!
- is the essence of Walt Whitman and the Edward Steichen great show
"Family of Man".
- Coagula, Issue #23, News, page 45
- LA Weekly, Global Liberty. also recommended: Pick of the Week/Peter
1995 Through a Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Artist
in the Community grant, Ferro directed and produced the video social
commentary, "Through Our Own Eyes: Self-Portraits by People
Without Homes.” Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery featured
an installation of this documentary in the 1995 exhibition,
“Social Engagements: Observations and Personal Narratives.”
Focus on AIDS 6 exhibition catalog.
- Brainchild Palm Liberty, 1pg. 2/95
- Brainchild Kids Stuff Let's Play, 6pgs. Summer 95
1994, The Green Slip (series of 3) Focus on Aids 5 exhibition catalog
1992, Gironale de Scilia (It) Jean Ferro, Modella Chesi Immortala
da se in Mostra Catania by Donatello Polizzi Piazza
1991, Memorial Day Images & Or gins: Reflections of Women Photographers
LA Cultural Affairs Commission on the Status of Women, Bridge Gallery,
Los Angeles City Hal.
- Media Appetizers "Food For Thought" Museum of Anthropology,
CA State University
1990, Paramount Pictures Corp commission, "Valentino Place"
cibachrome 49" x 40" hexad
1990, Women Photographers /NY, exhibited New York Nikon House and
Tokyo Our Illusions and Reality exhibition catalog
1989, Women in Photography, Public Access, 22-minute Talk Show featuring
Jean Ferro, Nancy Clendaniel, host
- Palm Springs-Red Lite Focus on Aids IV exhibition catalog
1988, Zoom Magazine, Ferro self-portrait TV screens (Am, Fr, It,
Ger) Jean Ferro (No. 34-February) Focus Los Angeles pgs 46-51
1987, Collaboration wHelmut Newton, self-portrait session, Valentino
Place, fine art session and repeat session for Helmut Newton documentary
segment Frames from The Edge by RM Arts/Germany
1986, Eye on L A, ABC-TV: Jean Ferro, Self-Portrait Photographer;
Satin Goddess and Valentino Place, polaroid's; Chuck Henry, narrator;
Nicholas Stein, director
1985, America, CBS-TV: Jean Ferro; Housewife's Dream/ Around L.A.;
Jack Jones, narrator; Nicholas Stein, director
- PEI Productions/cable: Jean Ferro, Portrait of a Self-Portrait
Photographer; Bed of Roses/ Sea of Blue Feathers; David Kellogg,
1985 Petersen's Photographic (Am) Cover and article Self-Portraiture:
The Art and Intimacy-Jean Ferro by Franklin Cameron, pgs 20-25 (June
- Zoom Magazine (Fr #110, Eng #26, Am #21, Ger 1/85, It #47) Jean
Ferro by Altamon Baker, pgs. 60-67
- Shukan-Shincho (Japan) Mar. 15, three pages, self-portraits
1981, Photo (Fr #168) Spiderman and Self-portraits by Jean Radnetter
1978, Rochester Institute of Technology, M.F.A. Department Invitational,
Feb. 1978, M.F.A. Gallery "Green Slip," series "Satin
on Satin"and "Ginkgo Leaves" (hand written invitation
on rice paper from Jay Pastelak (Dec. 1977)
1977, Wet Magazine (Am) Proof Sheet-Wet Torso by Jean Radnetter
1977, Wet Magazine, features Bob & Bob
2007 Jean Ferro Self-Portrait Collection 3.5" x5" limited
edition, fifty, 38 pgs. GraphiStudio/Italy
2006, Women in Photography International, 25th Anniversary, Turning
Silver, Liberace's Gold Piano
1999, Los Angeles, City of Dreams, (Book), Towery Publishing, Urban
Tapestry Series. images: Los Angeles City Hall, Mayor Glass Door,
Book portrait Howard Rafiel, a memoir by Howard Rayfiel Where The
Hell is Desilu?
Paperback Writer, (satirical) images: author Mark Shipper, Ringo
Starr, Sergeant Pepper LP (abstract)
1974, Petersen's Photographic (Am) Self-portraiture by Joan Yarfitz,
p.88, The Stage by Jean Radnetter (Dec issue)
2013-2015 The Photograph Collector, Jean Ferro "Random Notes,"
Paris Photo LA,
2005 - Present, The Photograph Collector, Jean Ferro "Random
Notes" January/month of Art Los Angeles, Art Show Los Angeles,
photo la, Art Contemporary. 2013-2014 Art Book Fair / MOCA/Geffen
LECTURES / PANELS:
2014, MOCA/Panel Discussion: “Cameron: Songs for the Witch
Woman” collaoration with Getty Pacific Standard Time, Sunday,
Dec. 14, 2014, 3pm, West Hollywood City Council Chambers Panelists
include Tosh Berman, Jean Ferro, George Herms, David Meltzer --
moderated by curator Yael Lipschutz
2005, Women In Photography International Conference Seminar
Panel Do's and Don't's of working in photography w/Franchise Kirkland,
Scott McKiernam and Karen Hansen
1991 Los Angeles Children's Museum: Winifred Meiser photo project,
coordinated 10 workshops, led two
1989 Women in Photography Annual Paris Photo Lab: New Photographers
1988-89 Pierce College, Woodland Hills CA: Creative Photography
1986-89 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA: Lectures Creative
Photography invitation by James B. Wood
2000-2016, sponsorships associated to WIPI through foundations and
2005, Kodak, sponsored trip to Santa Fe trip/book digital book presentation
/ Worldwide Pro Photographer Relations per Audrey Jonkhere
1992 Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Artist in the Community
Grant to produce: Through Our Own Eyes,30 min documentary for public
1996 Fuji / A&I collaboration - Fuji photo copier AP 5000, Statue
of Liberty production prints and Fuji display PMA Las Vegas expo.
1993 Popular Arts Entertainment, HBO, Hollywood CA Zona Productions,
Beverly Hills CA, sponsor TOOE project
1991 Bob Olsen Color Expansions, Hollywood CA, Bob Olson "Fractured"
48" x 37.5"
1989-2004 Paris Photo Lab, Los Angeles CA, Alain Labbe and Tony
Lowe lab technicians
1988, Paris Photo LAB, LA, Self-Portrait solo exhibition, color
ilfachrome, b/w silver gelatin, printers: Alain Labbe, Tony Lowe
/ Statue of Liberty "TV Liberty" "Multi-color"
1986, Polaroid sponsorship, Limited Edition Spectra System.
1985-2000, A&I Lab (James Ishara), "Statue of Liberty"
project, "Bed of Roses" - "Sea of Blue Feathers"
1974-1981, Richard's Photo, b/w portfolio prints and film
SOCIAL MEDIA 2014
Women in Photography International
2000-present - President / photo artist, Women In Photography International
(see WIPI History) http://www.womeninphotography.org
Website and onsite projects including press and creative materials
Online curator of competition galleries
Juror, various competitions, See WIPI Competition list
Women In Photography International President/Charter Member
UPDATE - JULY 2015
- APRIL - SEPTEMBER 2017
final stage has been completed and WIPI is now in the permanent
collection of Women in Photography International at the Beinecke
Library. I am much relieved and thrilled with this opportunity for
myself and the women who have graced the pages of WIPIs online website,
shared in events, membership and juried competitions. I've watched
careers rise and achieve success from their association to WIPI's
exposure. For myself, it's time for me to regroup and revisit my
career that I had put aside to continue WIPI's
I enjoyed sharing my creativity with WIPI for projects and happy
that the curator, George Miles during his visit in my studio/WIPIs
home, February 2015 to review the WIPI files, computer as well as
exhibition print files and said he wanted all materials including
the large scale installation images, Put Yourself in the Picture
and Faces art work displayed at photo la..
At times I look back and can't even imagine how I had the energy
to do all these projects both w/WIPI and in my personal work especially
the early years while raising my son Eric. Today he is a great friend
and over the years our collaborations for work and family gave me
so much joy and brought a confidence to my work and desire to succeed.
A long list of projects including personalities, Bowie, Iggy Pop,
Debbie Reynolds, Arianna Huffington and multiple special projects
from the homeless documentary and the Regional Rail Authority's
Earthquake Emergency extensive project. and so many others. Now
I'll spend my time with new projects relating to my personal archives,
preparing books, exhibits and new adventures. When you have a 40
year career....the closet is full of to do projects old and new!
As I move forward, I'll take with me the joy of accomplishment and
knowledge that WIPI provided opportunities for women photographers
not only yesterday but for a lifetime and the legacy of our work.
With most careers, there are the highs and lows and a lot in-between
that provides inspiration to move
beyond limits. I've learned that most things will generally
work out. When I was much younger with limited funds, had to hock
my camera, I figured if I hocked the camera, I could pay the phone
bill and when a job came in I could rent a camera or get mine out
of hock. Worked for me at the time. Over the years, I've pushed
the limits, prayed a lot and meditated on accepting prosperity and
creativity as my photo art path
WIPI info pages:
President's Letters 2000-2017
PRESS: Art Fair Articles and interviews
related to WIPI
©Copyright for all images remains the property of exhibited
photographer, and promotional use for Women In Photography International.
All inquiries regarding use of and purchasing image use rights must
be directed to the photographer.
File: GALLERY & BIO complete, August 30, 2014
updated printed materials 6/23
FINAL: May 2017 website content 1999-2017
womeninphotography.org file transfer to the Beinecke.
All organization files, computer, external hard drive, printed materials,
DVDs, books, competitions files and onsite installation art
Self Portrait book 3.75 x 5" 20 pg/ limited edition 50 books,
printed by Graphi Studio / Italy
(50 mini books created from files of LARGE glass cover book w/photo
boxes of materials submitted to the archive cover 15 years of notes,
images, files, computer, letters, exhibitions, promotional designs,
of Women In Photography International starting 2000.
Shipment included: Imac swivel moon base computer containing files
dating back to 2000 along with external hard drive with ALL competitions
and membership listing and communication files along with outreach
programs, (i.e., Distinguished Photographers Awards, photo LA) and
other onsite productions including printed and digital files.
See President's letter