Press Releases
Distinguished Photographers List 2006-2008 - August 31.2008
The Portrait,
International juried Call for Portraits 2006
Turning Silver, 25th Anniversary Call for b/w Print collection 2006
Carrie Mae Weems, named Distinguished Photographer 2005
Beauty, Camera Eye of the Beholder, Juried Call for entries
Decisive Moments, A tribute Call for entries to Henry Cartier-Bresson 2005
Sylvia Plachy Received Distinguished Photographers Award 2004
virtual * visual, International call for entries, 2004

Photo LA 2004, Stephen Cohen Gallery
Lucie Awards, WIPI Distinguished Photographer Award Annie Leibovitz 2003
Staying Focused
- WIPI presents 30 PRO member photographers at photo l.a. 2003,
Carrie Mae Weems joins WIPI Advisory Board / Nov. 2002 - January 2003
Susan Scafati new Press attache in New York / Oct. 2002
kitsch & klick, the art of the toy camera, March, 2002
Hollywood Bound, Feb. 2002
Joanne Warfield, Director of Exhibitions, Dec. 2001
"20th Anniversary Exhibition: Images of Women - Images of Tea opens at House of Photographic Art (HOPA)" October 2001
"Call for Entries: 20th Year Anniversary Juried Competition - International Tea Time, April 2001
"Women In Photography International Creates Millennium Archive"
December 2000

Kodak, WIPI member / Kodak Photographic Exhibition presentation
ONE GALLERY, ONE NIGHT, ONE CHANCE: emerging Women In Photography International photographers, LONDON Yvonne De Rosa, Audrey Tan, Nicola Tree, - NEW YORK Amy Postle and Carrie Villines, SAN FRANCISCO Natascha Unkart, also see: TakeGreatPictures.com
Studio Photography, The Business Behind the Images, Women InPhotograhy International by Alice B. Miller, (Aug, 2005)
Lucie Awards, 2004  Sylvia Plachy, WIPI at the Lucies. Also see: GOOGLE PR listings
Maria Piscopo,Shutterbug BUSINESS TRENDS: Building A Photographic Community (Sept. 2004)
JeanFerro, Women in Photography, Coagula Dec.02-Jan03)
Lucie Awards, 2003, Annie Leibovitz, WIPI at the Lucies. Also see GOOGLE PR listings
Picture / New York, (for the emerging advertising photographer Nov-Dec 02)
ZOOM International Magazine, 30th Anniversary Issue pages, images (Jan - Feb 2002, )
TheScreamOnline.com Photo LA 2002, Jan 2002 http://thescreamonline.com/photo/photo2-1/wipi/index.html

Recent Articles:


Kodak, WIPI member
/ Kodak Photographic Exhibition presentation
ONE GALLERY, ONE NIGHT, ONE CHANCE: emerging Women In Photography International photographers, LONDON Yvonne De Rosa, Audrey Tan, Nicola Tree, - NEW YORK Amy Postle and Carrie Villines, SAN FRANCISCO Natascha Unkart,

photo: Yvonne De Rosa

TakeGreatPictures.com  May 26, 2006
For talented photographers who struggle with a lack of exposure, Kodak’s One Gallery program was a welcome innovation. The program debuted during last year’s Christmas season with high-profile exhibitions in New York’s SoHo and San Francisco’s Union Square. Each exhibit featured four photographers (one established pro and three emerging talents.) Visitors to the galleries could also attend masters classes or get hands-on with Kodak’s EasyShare system for shooting, storing and sharing digital photos.

photo: Carrie Villines

by Alice .B. Miller

August. 2005 Issue: In 1999, WIPI was energized by the advent of the Internet. Current president and photo artist, Jean Ferro and past director Nancy Clendaniel launched WIPI online with the support of historian Peter Palmquist, whose original WIPI archive is held at the Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Today, WIPI has members in Russia, India, Australia, France, Italy, England, other areas of the world, and
strong U.S. representation in California and New York. Read article about winners of the juried "Beauty, Camera Eye of the Beholder" competition, Lynn Saville, Stephanie Graham
Lois Mason, Janet Century, Hannan Saleh, Andrea Thompson, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Wendy Farrow, Annabel Clark, Rania Matar

The 2nd Annual Lucie Awards
October 18, New York

New York City welcomed the
2nd Annual Lucie Awards held at the American Airlines Theatre, 42nd Street, NYC. Attended by the world of photography's most celebrated photographers.
Women In Photography International presented the WIPI 2004 Distinguished Photographers Award in Collaboration with the Lucies to Sylvia Plachy.

Photo: Jean Ferro

Also see: Sylvia Plachy GOOGLE PR listings

WIPI at the Lucies

BUSINESS TRENDS: Building A Photographic Community An Interview With Jean Ferro, President of WIPI
by Maria Piscopo, September, 2004

"Networking for your photography business means connecting on three different levels: with your client network, your community network, and your peer network."

..".As photographers and artists go, we have wonderful ideas and great gusto, but in the end, an organization needs a certain structure and dependability for the best networking. With its current base on the Internet, a strong archive of online information and visual texture of women's work, WIPI is ready to take the next step up for its members".

Read Shutterbug

The 1st Annual Lucie Awards
Los Angles, December 7, 2003

Annie Leibovitz is renown for her portraits of celebrities, political figures, ... She has received the Lucie Award 2003 in collaboration with

Women In Photography International's Distinguished Photograher's Award 2003
See photos of the event

Also see Annie Leibovitz - GOOGLE PR listings

Coagula - (Ko-WAG-yoo-luh) The Lowdown on High Art Jean Ferro, Women in Photography.. article by Eugene Harris - Dec 02 /Jan 03,

photo credits:
Double Mirror/Broken Mirror, 1975, self-portrait Jean Ferro, pg. 30;
www.WIPI.org 2002 Home page block image, pg 31

Specialization seems to be the key for linking into the world of art using search engines to cruise the electronic highway. Women In Photography International (WIPI) has found it's niche as an online resource reaching photographers worldwide. Women photographers from Kuwait, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Iran, Brazil, Africa, New York, Texas, Los Angeles and the middle American communities have found their way via the internet to the Los Angeles based headquarters of WIPI. Women now have a choice to have their art represented by traditional galleries and/or create their own web gallery and link to an organization like Women In Photography International.

I sat down...online with Jean Ferro, Photo Artist and President of WIPI to discuss some of the ins and outs of how WIPI began and where it is today and what's the focus for the future.

EH: I think of you as more cutting edge artist and not an arts administrator. What inspired you to lead WIPI into the 21st Century?

JF: Arts administrator...how do you do that? The timing was right, in the spring of 2000 WIPI hit a few snags and had to be reorganized and grounded and this required someone to step up to the plate and take charge. Peter Palmquist, historian and founder of the WIPI Archive, encouraged me to take the wheel and do the driving which meant putting my photo art on the back burner and becoming President of the organization. It's not been the easiest project for me, since I'm more of a loner and an independent thinker than a group enthusiast. I was inspired to see how it all worked. If it were possible to blend the old with the new using the internet to rebuild the membership, expand the base Internationally and create the editorial and exhibition content of the website. In the Fall of 2001, WIPI forged forward and we produced our collectible 20th Anniversary Exhibition multi-media CD “Tea Time” with 75 images from 63 women artists from around the globe, their resumes and artist statements. The inspiration for the exhibition theme came from Linda McCartney's “T-Pot” image, which is included in the exhibition.

EH: I remember hearing about WIPI back in the 80's, is this the same organization?

JF: Yes, it started in Los Angeles 1981 as Women In Photography, Inc. A group of women, Orah Moore, Thea Litsios and Mary McNally created the non-profit outreach support group for women photographers. In 1985 WIPI had workshop series about “how to establish a professional photography business” to shooting fashion with special “New Photographer;s” lecture series with presentations by Judy Coleman, Victoria Pearson, Kenna Love, Claire Garoutte and myself with “Eye to Eye” a lecture on my self-portrait work. I met Nancy Clendaniel, WIPI Director in 1988 at Photo while she was promoting WIPI and I was autographing my Zoom magazine layout. Sometime around 1989 WIPI created a 20 page newsletter called f-2 with feature stories about successful photographers and member exhibition notices. The first Distinguished Photographer Award was presented 1983 to Eve Arnold, and continued over the years with awards to Ruth Orkin, Ruth Bernard, Judy Dater and Linda McCartney to name a few. Today, Carrie Mae Weems (who was a member in 1981) is an Advisory Board Member along with Distinguished Photographer awardee Joyce Tennesen.

EH: Lots of people worked w/WIPI in the early days, who were your best contributors? What were the exhibits during the 80's?

G.Ray Hawkins, Josine Starrels, Glenna Avila, E.K. Waller, Paris Photo Lab, were all involved in the early 80's. The LA Photo Center held “Women Photographers in America“ exhibition in 1985 with grants provided by the NEA in association with the Women's Building. “Women Photographers in America,“ 1987’s was premiered at the LA Municipal Art Gallery with the work of Laura Aguilar, Gisella Gumper, Judy Coleman Judith Winston, Carol Nye and many others. Both exhibitions had beautiful catalogs. 1989 exhibition Women In Photography International traveled to the Royal Photographic Society in Bath UK, Stockholm Sweden and Milan, Italy. Several of the women who participated in the early exhibitions are currently members of WIPI today

EH: WIPI disappeared sometime in the 90's. What happened.

JF: In the early 70's you could count on one hand the number of women receiving photography degrees. In 1981, the grassroots organization WIPI represented a change that was happening. Women photographers gathered together to share their work and find ways to be recognized as professional photographers, both commercially and in field of fine art. Photography itself was growing and changing as an art form. Women began to pursue photo careers through the educational system at schools like Brooks and Art Center here in California. Starting with the 90's younger women didn't need the same support system that brought the original members together in the early 80's. In 1989, with Nancy Clendaniel leading the way, WIP Inc, changed its focus and name to Women In Photography International. Shortly thereafter, Nancy moved to Seattle with her newborn son and the whole organization fell silent. Nancy and I stayed in contact over the years and often we would talk about how to get WIPI started again.

EH: So, was it the internet that spurred WIPI on to the new growth?

JF: Absolutely, it's...a perfect marriage of imagery and 21st century communication. Mailing packages, photo's, etc. would take months to reach their destination..months! Now, in seconds there is communication to a member like Stephanie McGehee, a Reuters photographer living in Kuwait or making plans to set up an exhibition with another member in Italy. It's fabulous, you can upload a 12 image Professional gallery and in a few hours the whole world can have access to the work. We get about 50,000 hits +plus a month now. Our mission is to promote the visibility of women working in the photographic arts and the internet is a great way to bring attention to the artists work.

EH: Who are your members?

JF: A wide variety of members include, students to top of the line PRO's including photo journalists, fine art photographers, educators, curators, authors and lab managers with a wide variety of styles and techniques, with content from social commentary to decorative art, using Polaroid, large format, digital. Almost everything people digest today is photographic related imagery, so it's a huge market. We service our members through our website with Quarterly uploads, (Jan, Apr, July, Oct) where we present PRO, General and Student galleries along with Historical profiles. We have an f2-eZine section with WIPI News articles by our PRO members. We have Competition listings, Exhibition listings, Industry News, this Quarter's Marketing News we posted a special article on the Getty presentation of Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property: First Assembly of the American Assembly. We also maintain the WIPI Reference Library founded by historian and author Peter Palmquist that contains info on over 23,000 women photographers dating back to the 1800's.

EH: I see your on the list for photo l.a. 2003 in January. What's your plan?

JF: Last year, Pro member Joanne Warfield, called the Stephen Cohen gallery to see if WIPI could have a booth...the answer was Yes..and we jumped in. We're the new kids on the block, a little raw and naive which makes it all so interesting for now. photo l.a. presented by LACMA and the Stephen Cohen Gallery is an exciting 4 day whirlwind of collectors, photographers, over 6000 people cruise the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Since our reorganization in 2000, our exhibit schedule includes 20th Anniversary Exhibition, “Tea Time“ Oct.-Dec. 2001, at the House Of Photographic Art in San Juan Capistrano, and then back to back exhibits including photo l.a. 2002, Hollywood Bound, sponsored in part the Hollywood Arts Council, and the Hollywood Library's Frances Howard Goldwyn gallery, Photo Impact/Santa Monica, then a collaboration with Mary Oliver and the Pierce College Art Gallery to produce “kitsch & klick, the Art of the Toy Camera“ and now the upcoming photo l.a. 2003...So, we're busy 24/7. I am impressed that Mat Gleason has been able to produce Coagula so faithfully and weather all the storms... Amazing, He deserves a metal..! I have a new understanding of mixing content with visuals since I've also been the editor of our online publication and work with the volunteers to create events. We are starting to get notices in photographic publications such as the 30th Anniversary Issue of ZOOM and the magazine called Picture out of NY for the emerging professional photographer...we're growing and glowing.

EH: Where do you see WIPI headed in the next 3-5 years?

JF: Hm...WIPI exhibitions set into a Dick Tracy picture slide show watch and distributed through Ebay..! Really..The website is our No#1 link to the world. We are also looking for a combination of sponsors, to provide events to produce outreach educational programs, seminars on portfolio presentation, copyright laws, marketing, gallery representation, printing techniques, film, digital photography and exhibitions. Women learn differently then men. Not necessarily slower, but they focus on different aspects of the subject. Men are so much more mechanical and technical, they enjoy things when they break down, so they can feel the accomplishment of fixing things. Women, on the other hand seem to get more frustrated with things when they don't work properly, (how many times have you heard a women say...“I don't know how to operate the VCR!“) so they approach learning differently and repetition seems to be a necessary part of the learning process. They take smaller steps over longer periods of time. Of course I'm going to get in trouble for generalizing, but it's just what I've noticed over the last 2 1/2 years. Maybe because Women want to make sure it's solid, stable and they don't like redoing things. I'm not sure, just know that outreach programs are necessary on many levels of photographic education and socialization. WIPI could use a director, a ÒfemaleÓ Joe Smoke, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs razor sharp allocations manager who handles grants, fellowships and festival funding!

EH: And what are your personal artistic plans?

I have a huge selection of book material portfolios from Satin Slips to the American Flag, LA artists to International Rock Stars. Since the mid-seventies, I just kept shooting and shooting, hardly ever printing, so my personal archives of personalities and projects are large. Now that I have the 2000P Epson printer and I know the prints will last up to 200 years, I'm finally more attracted to start the process of printing. Something about the disappearing Type R's from the early 80's stopped me cold in my tracks for about 10 years. In 1996, I was planning to do an installation of Global Liberty at the Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery, (Coagula Art Journal Issue #23 News) at the time, the grandfather of photography G.Ray Hawkins said “Jeanne, get your ducks-in-a-row“...I came home and quickly shot a Polaroid image of a row of ducks, that image resonated in my imagination and now 6 years later, I started shooting a Polaroid series “ducks-in-a-row“ because I just want to do something simple and literal, one of a kind and that gives me a feeling of going somewhere......I just line them up and like everything else in my life, take my best shot.! WIPI will be at photo l.a. 2003, January 16-19, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. visit the website at www.wipi.org or visit photola.com


Picture / New York, Nov/Dec. 02 (for the emerging advertising photographer)
Photo Organizations page 70 by Mark Rhodes


An organization that promotes the visibility of women photo professionals through a variety of programs, exhibitions, and publications. This organization recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary and has functioned as an "online resource center": for all things concerning female oriented photography. There are a varity of typs of membership from Charter Membership (a one-time fee of $1000) to a Professional Membership, which has dues of $150.00 annually to a Student membership, which costs $35.00 annually. The website also has a Reference Library, information on the educational programs sponsored by the organization and member galleries. Needless to say, this handsome and well-organized site functions as a fairly invaluable resource for the women photographer.

Picture / New York, Nov/Dec. 02 (for the emerging advertising photographer)
Hot News, page 77, by Renay E. Morris

Founded in 1981 and reorganized in 2000 as an online resource center, Women In Photography International serves the needs of photographers, photo educators, photography students, gallery owners and photographic organizations around the world. In keeping with their mission, they promote the visibility of women photographers and their work through a variety of programs, exhibitions, juried competitions and publications. As an educational nonprofit organization, Women In Photography International perpetuates this tradtion by providing member benefits that accomodate changing interests and needs. Into their third decade it serves as a resource for the international photographic community.

Published quarterly is f2-eZine, an online news magazine with member profiles and portfolios, interviews, book reviews, product information and gallery listings. Past activities include: The Distinguished Photographer's Award, established to give recognition to an artist who has contributed signifcantly to the world of photography. Past recipients include: Eve Arnold, Ruth Bernhard, Judy Dater, Marion Post-Wolcott, Linda McCartney, Mary Ellen mark, Ruth Orking, Joyce Tenneson and Berenice Abbott. New Photographer's Lecture Series established to honor emerging talent in the photographic community. It featured discussions and slide presentations. Past recipients include: Victoria Pearson Cameron, Jean Ferro, Judy Coleman, Claire Garoutte and Kenna Love.

Educational, informational Programs & Workshops are offered for the working photographer, the photography student and the photo enthusiast. Past programs include People Who Hire Photographers featured 6 art directors from major photo agencies, consumer stores and magazines.

Women in Photojournalism program included photojournalist Debra Denker (National Georgraphic) and Monica Almeda (The New York Times).

Print Retouching presented by the Los angeles Photography Center Staff. Negotiating and Pricing Strategies presented by Maria Piscopo, marketing consultant and author of the Photographer's Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion, and Foto Fashion noting fashion photographers Victoria Pearson and Susan Nygeres.

For more information, log on to womeninphotography.org

ZOOM Interntioanl Magazine, 30th Anniversary Issue pages, images
Jan - Feb 2002, Images of Women
cover of women with twins by Joyce Tenneson

Image credits: Three images from "Images of women" 1) Carol Nye, Veiled Women, Kashgar, Zin Jiang, China, 2) Julia McLemore, A Lesisure Suite $13. 3) Mary Dorsey Wanless, At Mona's Tea With the Girls

The Women In Photography International (WIPI) resource organization is celebrating its 20th anniversary by launching the traveling exhibition "International Tea Time: Images of Women, Images of Tea." which began its run at the House of Photographic Art this fall. The theme of the juried exhibition was inspired by an image of a teapot taken by the late photographer Linda McCartney. The 75 works by 60 women were selected from the over 1000 prints submitted by lensladies aroud the world. Among the single category winners, Carol Nye took first place in the Women category with her documentary-style images of two veiled women in China. The WIPI organization also launched the Distinguished Photographer's Award fifteen years back, which has since recognized the work of Eve Arnold, Ruth Bernhard, Mary Ellen mark, Ruth Orkin Bereniice Abbott and others. Website www.womeninphotography.org/

Three images from "Images of women" Carol Nye, Veiled Women, Kashgar, Zin Jiang, China, 2) Mary Dorsey Wanless, At Mona's Tea With the Girls and 3) Julia McLemore, A Lesisure Suite $13. Cover image, Joyce Tenneson

ZOOM is currently published in Italy in two bilingual editions. The Italian edition varies from the international only in the last section, where products are reviewed for Italy

January 2002, Recap of Photo l.a. 2002
TEA TIME: Images of Women, Images of Tea
20th Anniversary Exhibition

Women In Photography International (WIPI) hosted a worldwide competition for their 20th Anniversary Exhibition, titled "Tea Time: Images of Women, Images of Tea," and out of the hundreds of submitted works, 75 images were chosen representing 63 women, with three winners in the two categories:

January 2002
TEA TIME: Images of Women, Images of Tea 20th Anniversary Exhibition Women In Photography International (WIPI) hosted a worldwide competition for their 20th Anniversary Exhibition, titled "Tea Time: Images of Women, Images of Tea," and out of the hundreds of submitted works, 75 images were chosen representing 63 women, with three winners in the two categories: "Images of Women": Carol Anne Nye, first; Jane Fulton Alt, second; Shahla Bebe, third. "Images of Tea": Dar Spain, first; Julia K. McLemore, second; Adrien Meredith Hefta, third.

The Exhibition was held at the House of Photographic Art in San Juan Capistrano, California, October 10-November 15, 2001. The entire collection will then tour the world, and slides of each work will be permanently archived at Yale University.

A beautiful multimedia CD of the exhibit contains: images, biographical information, and resumes on each artist; a wonderful soundtrack; the introduction includes Linda McCartney's classic "T-Pot" photograph with text by WIPI President Jean Ferro; "Is Anatomy Destiny?—Notes from the Historical Record" by Peter Palmquist, Historian and Founder/Curator of the Women In Photography Archive; statements by Jurors, Joyce Wilson (Professor at Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara) and Cornelia Butler (Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art [MOCA] Los Angeles); listing of Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Charter and PRO members, and Credits. The CD is available through WIPI.

Founded in 1981, and reorganized in 2000 as an online resource center, Women in Photography International serves the needs of photographers, photo educators, photography students, gallery owners, and photographic organizations around the world. In keeping with their mission, they promote the visibility of women photographers and their work through a variety of programs, exhibitions, juried competitions, and publications.

As an educational nonprofit organization, WIPI perpetuates this tradition by providing member benefits that accommodate changing interests and needs as they head into their third decade as a resource for the international photographic community.

Their quarterly newsmagazine f2 is an online e-Zine publication with member profiles and portfolios, interviews, book reviews, product information, and gallery listings. This f2 publication, in combination with the WIPI Archives, is a premiere resource and an unparalleled World Wide Web network for the international community of women in photography. Please visit their site at: http://www.womeninphotography.org.


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"Women In Photography International Creates Millennium Archive"
2000-12-14 until 2000-12-31
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Women In Photography International (WIPI) is gathering names and histories of 2000 women from around the world for a biographical project that will mark the new millennium as well as the heritage of women of photography
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