BEINECKE LIBRARY / YALE / COLLECTION
in Enumclaw, WA
in Bristol, UK
Hill at Sunset, Bristol, UK 2009
Eve at Clifton College, Bristol, UK 2009
at Low Tide, Essex, UK 2005
Garden, Polminhac, France 2005
Man, Old Bench, Old Wall, Long Melford, Suffolk, 2005
Cat in Window, Polminhac, France 2005
for Two, Good Easter, Essex, UK 2005
& Scones, Good Easter, Essex, UK 2005
Nancy Clendaniel has worked for over 40 years as a photojournalist,
specializing in theatrical, public relations, and travel photography.
In 1985, during a meeting in London with photographer Mary McCartney
(Paul McCartney’s daughter) she described Nancy’s work
as “painterly,” which reflects her roots as an artist.
A graduate of Evergreen State College, Nancy grew up just outside
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, where she studied painting & photography
at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, under the tutelage
of the renowned artist & sculptor, Italo Scanga. Nancy’s
professional photography career began in the early 1970's by doing
freelance assignments at Long Wharf Theatre, in New Haven, Connecticut.
This was soon followed by her working as house photographer for
David Mamet’s St. Nicholas Theatre, in Chicago. In the summer
of 1978, Nancy left The St. Nicholas to accept a position as the
resident photographer for entertainer John Davidson’s “Singers’Summer
Camp,” on Catalina Island.
This led to her relocation to Los Angeles, where she spent nearly
ten yrs. working as the house photographer for The Beverly Theatre,
in Beverly Hills. During this period, Nancy had the opportunity
to photograph musical artists including Count Basie, Ray Charles,
Bob Dylan, Duane Eddy, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, Cyndi Lauper, Jerry
Lee Lewis, John Mayall, The Manhattan Transfer, Yoko Ono, Tina Turner,
and Sarah Vaughn. During the 1980’s, Nancy also had the unique
opportunity of being personal photographer for legendary disc jockey,
From 1987-2000, Clendaniel served as the Director of Women in Photography
International, (www.wipi.org) the nonprofit created in 1981 that
promotes the visibility of women photographers and their work. Nancy
currently remains a WIPI Board and Charter Member.
As an accomplished archivist, researcher & writer, Clendaniel
was hired by L.E.G. Productions, on behalf of Apple Ltd. and owner
Bruce Karsh, to serve as the archivist for producer Walter Shenson's
Collection of memorabilia from the Beatle’s films: A Hard
Day's Night and Help. This involved the organization, preservation,
and creation of a catalog for an archive containing original photographs,
negatives, prints, correspondence, and scripts from the films.
In 2009, Nancy's image "Little Slugger" was chosen as
one of the winners of the Fresh M.I.L.K. Competition, juried by
Magnum photographer, Elliott Erwitt. Her image, along with the other
winners, appears in the coffee table book Friendship, Family, Love
& Laughter, published by PQ Blackwell Ltd. in New Zealand.
In 2012, Nancy's image "Stormy Sunset" took first prize
in Women in Photography International's juried competition: "It's
Magical"- images of Sunrises, Sunsets & Rainbows. Nancy's
image, in the Sunsets category was jurored by Stephen Perloff, Founder
& Editor of The Photo Review; editor of The Photo Review/The
January 2013, Nancy's 1st book: Private Moments in Sacred Space,
was published by Milkbooks.com. This limited edition hardback contains
a collection of Nancy’s photographs and stories from her years
working in the music industry. To view Nancy’s book online,
Nancy is currently actively involved in the digital preservation
and marketing of her life's work - "The Clendaniel Collection"
- an archive consisting of over 60,000 negatives, prints, and color
transparencies. Nancy's photographs have been exhibited and published
worldwide. To view her online galleries, visit http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/nancy-clendaniel.html
UPDATE - APRIL 2015
- APRIL 2017
is currently working on the following two book projects:
"The JDSSC Experience" and "The Making of Vocalese."
"The JDSSC Experience" - tells the story of entertainer
John Davidson's personal mission to create a school for talented
young singers on Catalina Island, the John Davidson's Singers Summer
Camp. During the Summers of 1978-1979, John welcomed singers from
across the US and Canada to study and perform at JDSSC. Known as
the forerunner to programs like "American Idol" and "The
Voice" - JDSSC enlisted the help of America's top performers,
musicians, arrangers and producers, including Kenny Rogers, Andy
Williams, and Florence Henderson, to help the students hone their
skills which were then showcased in weekly performances at the iconic
Avalon Bowl. This book, scheduled to be published in 2018 as part
of the 40th Anniversary celebration of JDSSC, will present "Then"
and "Now" photos and stories from alumni and staff.
"The Making of Vocalese" - is a visual documentary
of the creative process that resulted in The Manhattan Transfer's
most critically acclaimed album, "Vocalese." The term
Vocalese refers to a style of music that sets original lyrics to
previously recorded jazz instrumentals. In 1985, a group of legendary
artists (including Ray Brown, Ron Carter, The Count Basie Band,
Ritchie Cole, The Four Freshman, Yaron Gershovsky, Dizzy Gillespie,
Freddie Greene, Jon Hendricks, Thad Jones, McCoy Tyner, Bobby McFerrin,
and Grady Tate) joined The Manhattan Transfer (Tim Hauser, Janis
Siegel, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne) to create the album that went
on to receive 12 Grammy nominations, which is second only to Michael
Jackson's "Thriller" for being the most-nominated individual
album ever. This book, scheduled to be published in the Spring of
2020, 35 years after the album release, contains Clendaniel's candid
images taken during the recording sessions along with personal memories
from the artists.
As the former Director of Women in Photography International (spring
1987-spring 2000), and a Charter Member, Nancy is very proud to
be part of the Beinecke Archives for WIPI at Yale.
In Photography International Advisory Board and Charter Member
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.
GALLERY & BIO created August 30, 2014
File updated 4/15/2015 - sending materials
UPDATE - Photographer
Response - APRIL 2015 - APRIL
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
Clive Waring, Editor/Silvershotz
Interactive Magazine of International Contemporary Photography - winning
final online exhibition before transfer to the Beinecke