March 2005 - June 2005

Amateur Category
1st Prize Winner Gallery

  Cathy Greenblat   

First Place Winner, Amateur Category, "Decisive Moments"

  In December 2002 I took an early retirement from my position as Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University, where I had taught and done research for more than 35 years. During that time I had the chance to travel extensively, professionally and personally, and to cultivate but not develop a passion for photography. I had some good images but I wanted to produce photographic essays on topics I felt were important.
  I had also not had time to live my dream of living in France, except for short periods of one to six months on various occasions.
  My retirement followed a semester of sabbatical in 2001, a partial move to Nice, France, and a research leave in 2002. During that time I began a multi-faceted, cross-cultural photographic project on aging. My time since retirement has been devoted to working on the portions of the project undertaken in the US (California) and Mexico, preparing book-length manuscripts for each, working on the publication and publicity/marketing of one of them, ALIVE WITH ALZHEIMERS, and preparing and offering exhibitions.
  The third phase of this project, dealing with care for the elderly in Japan, was begun in October 2004. I am currently obtaining the permissions needed to exhibit the images from that work. I hope to commence the fourth portion of the project, a study of end of life accompaniment in France, in 2005.
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Alone, Mexico

Caring daughter, Cuba


Sisters, Dawu, Ghana


Alive with Alzheimer's, #7


Good-bye, MaryLou

All images © Cathy Greenblat

Cathy Greenblat, nice, france



2005 First prize, Amateur category, “Decisive Moments: A Tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson” Women in Photography International
• 2005 Honorable Mention, Amateur category, “Decisive Moments: A Tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson” Women in Photography International
• 2004 Photograph selected for reproduction as official publication by International Visual Sociology Association
• 2002 Mention Speciale, FNAC Talent 2002, French national photographic competition
• 2001 1st prize, color, Kodak Kinsa Competition, Sala Figueroa, Oaxaca, Mexico.

• Alive with Alzheimers. Spring 2004. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. 120 pp, 85 photographs
• Cover photograph on Rosalie Hudson (ed.) Dementia Nursing: A Guide to Practice. Melbourne, Australia: AUSMED Publications, 2003.
• Cover phototograph on Carol Bowlby Sifton, Navigating the Alzheimer's Journey: A Compass for Caregiving. Baltimore: Health Professions Press, 2004.
• Cover photograph, Assisted Living Today, November-December 2004.
• Photographs from Alive with Alzheimer’s have appeared in several places, including USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, CNS- Long Term Care, Assisted Living Today, and Introduction to Qualitative Research (Warren and Karner). For details, see
• "Faith among the forgotten", Contexts [A publication of the American Sociological Association] 2,1 February 2003, pp. 50-57. Text by Cathy Greenblat and Maria Islas, photographs by Cathy Greenblat.
• Tales of the Asilo: Isolation and Connection in a Mexican Old Age Home. Book manuscript under review.


Forthcoming, September -November 2005 New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
“ Alive with Alzheimer’s” or “Alzheimer’s Care: US and Japan”, # of photographs to be determined. Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters
January-February 2005, Speicher, Germany
"Alive with Alzheimer's", 28 photographs, sponsored by Caritas
December 2004, Cardiff, Wales
“Alive with Alzheimer’s” 28 photographs. Sponsored by the Council of Europe Research Committee on Dignity and Older Europeans.
October 2004, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
"Bien vivant avec la maladie d'Alzheimer", 36 photographs, Citadelle of Villefranche. Invited by the Villefranche commission on the semaine bleue (national week in honor of the elderly and the retired).
October 2004, Kyoto, Japan
"Alive with Alzheimer's" 28 photographs, Alzheimer's Disease International Annual Conference
September 2004, Munich, Germany
“Alive with Alzheimer's" 28 photographs, Gasteig Cultural Center. Sponsored by the Munich Alzheimer's Association, SAGSAGA, and Janssen-Cilag.
February 2004, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
"RX for Alzheimer's Care: Touch and Music" Fifth annual meetings of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
August 2003, Chiba, Japan
"The Forgotten and the Forgetting: Two views of Old Age" 20 photographs, Kazusa Academia Park
October - November 2002, Nice, France
“Keeping the Connection: Alive with Alzheimer’s” [Bien vivant avec la maladie d'Alzheimer], 36 photographs, FNAC Photography Gallery
June 2002, Maastricht, Netherlands
“The Power of Music in Alzheimer’s Care” 20 photographs, European Alzheimer’s Conference,
September 2000, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
“A Relative of the King Has Died…: Kumasi, Ghana" 20 photographs, African Studies Department, Rutgers University
(continued) GROUP SHOWS
January 10 – March 2, 2005 Online exhibit at
Two photographs in “Decisive Moments: A Tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson, sponsored by Women in Photography International, (see awards above)
November 2004, Paris, France
Six photos with the theme “Faith among the Forgotten”. Photobis 2004, Espace Saint Martin

• a site for documentary photographers, by invitation, created by the French association Pour Que l’Esprit Vive (Let the Spirit Live)
• WIPI – Women in Photography International
• IVSA – International Visual Sociology Association
• IPA – International Psychogeriatric Association

Cathy Stein Greenblat was born in New York. She received a B.A. from Vassar College and a PhD from Columbia University. She is Professor Emerita of Sociology at Rutgers University and currently lives in the US and in France.

Contact information:
(33) 6 1778 2424