ARCHIVE YALE SUBMISSION
MARGO TAUSSIG PINKERTON
Light & Shadows
Dubbed The Barefoot Contessa by a friend in 1970,
Margo Taussig Pinkerton has been a professional photographer traveling
the world since 1982. Her work has been published in National
Geographic Traveler, Caribbean Travel & Life, GEO, and a host
of other international journals, calendars, and coffee-table books.
She also has a long list of corporate clients to her credit.
Before that, Margo had an eclectic career that, according to several
of her stock agencies, contributed to her unique eye and approach
to people and photography.
With awards and honorable mentions, including Epson International
Photographic Pano Awards, Black and White Spider Awards, and our
own Women in Photography (WIPI), Margo’s photographs have
been widely seen in juried shows, solo exhibitions, galleries,
and museums and are in collections worldwide.
Now retired from commercial work, Margo runs Barefoot Contessa
Photo Adventures in the US and overseas with her husband, fellow
photographer Arnold “Arnie” Zann who started out with
LIFE and Time, among many other clients. She and her husband are
also concentrating more on their fine art photography.
Coming from a many-generation, artistic family, Margo strives
for passion and personal input in a photograph. Valuing aesthetics
over techno-speak, she loves to impart her decades of experiences
and love for photography to her workshop participants.
- JULY 2015 - MARCH 2016
is proud to be part of the Beinecke Archives for WIPI at Yale.
Currently, she is working on several projects, including “The
Cuba We Know” (working title) with her husband and fellow
photographer in which they avoid the cliché and staged
shots so often seen from the amazing island nation. Instead, they
are focusing on the daily lives of the resilient Cuban people.
Meanwhile, a newer member of WIPI (2009 or 2010), she has had
a number of images accepted into various exhibits, including the
recent “i AM woman … i AM digital.”
UPDATE - MARCH 2016 - APRIL 30, 2017
Over the decades, Margo has lectured widely, often sponsored by
the Fuji of film days, to photographers, art directors, designers,
and students on creativity, the importance of copyright, and thinking
outside of the box. She has been a guest instructor at the New
England School of Photography and the photography department at
Northeastern University, both in Boston, MA. She was also invited
to be a two-day presenter at the Miami Ad School in Miami, FL
serving on panel, and talking about business practices, the importance
of copyright, and "Ready, Set, Go," a how-to for new
and well-established photographers.
She has long been an advocate for strengthening of intellectual-property
laws, especially as they relate to photographers. Margo has been
very involved in the American Society of Media (formerly Magazine)
Photographers (ASMP) since the mid-80s. A Life Member, she has
served in various capacities at the chapter and national level,
including Co-president of the New England chapter, national board
member, and Co-president and later President of the North Carolina
At one point, she was heavily involved in helping put together
a telephone tree before the days of e-mails and an active Internet,
to fax Congressman Barney Frank who co-sponsored a bill on strengthening
of intellectual property laws. Congressman Frank was on the side
of creators, but the other members of the committee were not.
We burned up Frank's fax, and he called ASMP crying, "Uncle."
The net result is that the rest of the committee stood up. took
notice, and passed the legislation.
Margo also loves sharing her lifetime passion for photography
and the arts. Running Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures with
her husband, fellow photographer Arnold Zann, she talks about
the importance of creativity over techno-speak. She and her husband
have lectured widely to various photography clubs and groups on
"Thinking Outside of the Box," "Creativity,"
and other similar topics.
In a small, intensive, fun-filled setting, the workshops are held
in Cuba, across the United States, Latin America, and Europe.
Because of their maximum 6:1 ratio, both relative beginners and
seasoned pros can photograph in the same workshops and learn from
Currently, Margo is working on several personal, fine-art projects
slated for future museum exhibitions.
She continues to garner awards and get juried into prestigious
She is thrilled that the WIPI Beinecke digital collection has
also been accepted the likes of The Smithsonian, International
Center for Photography and other equally important museums.
In Photography International Charter Member
Margo Taussig Pinkerton
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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 April 17, 2015
Update JULY 2015 - MARCH 2016
response MARCH 2016 - APRIL
FINAL: May 2017 website content 1999-2017
womeninphotography.org file transfer to the
All organization files, computer, external hard drive, printed
DVDs, books, competitions files and onsite installation art
Clive Waring, Editor/Silvershotz
Interactive Magazine of International Contemporary Photography - winning
final online exhibition before transfer to the Beinecke