Women In Photography International Distinguished Photographer's
Award - 2005
* - Carrie Mae Weems
Women In Photography International
is happy to announce Carrie Mae Weems the recipient of our 2005
Distinguished Photographers Award.
Weems early involvement in Women In Photography, her photography
career has prospered and is world-renowned. Weems uses narrative
elements in her photography to examine class and gender issues
through the window of personal experience and African-American
responsibility as an artist is to work, to sing for my supper,
to make art, beautiful and powerful, that adds and reveals; to
beautify the mess of a messy world, to heal the sick and feed
the helpless; to shout bravely from the rooftops and storm barricaded
doors and voice the specificity of our historical moment."
--Carrie Mae Weems
Image: Carrie Mae Weems in her Self Portrait "I looked and
looked to see what so terrified you." From her installation
Women In Photography - Thea Litsios and
Orah Moore remember Carrie and the 1981 first WIP gatherings in
Los Angeles with pictures and letters
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Put Your Summer & Fall and HOLIDAY Projects to work
for Your Family and PROfessional Needs
Summer is over,
school begins, wedding season is still brimming with "I Do's"
and the holidays are approaching. What do you do with ALL those
photos? How do you handle the files? How do you SHARE your images
or become the storyteller?
WIPI takes a look at some of the many output possibilities that
are available for both Mac and PC users, online and at home/or
It's rare that
we really focus on programs... Online processing is a growing
trend that is here to stay. First the photo companies paniced
over home printing and now they've found a new gorund to stand
on and a very good one at that. It supports the PRO and the amateur
market. I'm not sure what is available in Europe. I'm guessing
pretty much the same in each country. At one time it seemed an
amateur practice to send film off to be developed, now with digital,
the possibilities are endless. Read
about the current possibilities and links to photoshop learning
Kodak Invitational Santa Fe Adventure by Jean Ferro
12 professionals share in a Santa Fe Workshop digital learning experience.
All images copyright and text © Jean
On Tuesday, April 12, I received an e-mail from Audrey Jonckheer, Director
/Digital & Film Imaging Systems at Eastman Kodak Company, "Dear
Jean, On behalf of Kodak, I'd like to invite you to be our special guest
at a three-day customized photography course May 11-14 at New Mexico's
world-renowned Santa Fe Workshop, one of the world's preeminent photography
education venues...." Without hesitation. I responded with a resounding...
Count Me In!
With May 1st approaching, Women In Photography International was preparing
for the deadline of our juried call for entries exhibition, "Beauty,
Camera Eye of the Beholder." This invitation from Kodak seemed the perfect
opportunity for me to learn more about digital innovations, including
Kodak's involvement, So it was "ADIOS senoritas!" AND off to the Santa
Fe Workshops in New Mexico, a land of breath-taking vistas and expansive
To my delight, a few days later a box arrived with a beautiful cowgirl
hat and soon after another box with the Kodak DX7590, 5 Megapixel SRL-like
camera and an EasyShare docking and printer system. Ready, aim, shoot,
I am fully prepared to take advantage of this very special invitational
digital adventure. During my Kodak/Santa Fe adventure, I used this cowgirl
hat as an object theme to create a visual diary of the experience.
...have hat will travel... prop. Even after squashing
it, sitting on it, throwing it, shooting it - in dust, wind and rain
- the hat remained a perfect pictorial centerpiece for the trip!
Being so involved with the running of WIPI has left little time to update
my digital camera equipment into anything SLR-like to compete or even
come close to my 35mm Nikon N90 system. In 1997, I began my digital
photography exploration with the Sony Mavica MVC-FD71, floppy mode.
Sony's 2.5" screen attracted me, along with the 10x zoom they offered.
Next came the MVC, FD88 , followed by the MVC FD92: a whopping..1.6MP
floppy/memory stick 8x optical zoom. During a sale at Samy's Camera/Los
Angeles, several years ago, I picked up the compact Sony cyber-shot
2.0MP and more recently the Sony, 5.0 MP 3x zoom DCS-W1. It was with
this equipment that I began to create on-the-go images of everything
and anything including documenting the preparations for Photo LA , and
later in NYC, the backstage activity at the Lucie Awards . With the
great support of Epson and the capability to produce fine art prints
13" x 19,", on the 2200 I was now able to scan original 35mm negs/transparencies
and continue to create exhibition prints from my archives, along with
images captured with the point and shoot Sony digital.
Using the new KODAK DX7590, I'll be able to hook up my Profoto strobes
to the flash sync and maybe even shoot a portrait job or two! The DX7590
is a 5 megapixel, camera with a professional-quality SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH
VARIOGON 10X Optical Zoom Lens WITH loads of manual and programmable
positions (see below). The camera is extremely light weight, easy to
handle and has a built-in POP-UP flash. These cameras are becoming the
next generation of "beyond point & shoot cameras," loaded with options.
The Santa Fe trip was simply the best! Great accommodations at the historic
Saint Francis Hotel, in historic downtown Santa Fe; Good food and great
company, which included Kodak reps Audrey Jonckheer, as well as Kodak
VP, Digital Film Imaging Systems, Nancy Carr. Other guests included
retailers, internet specialists and reviewers from around the country.
It was reassuring to see how Kodak was moving into the digital consumer
arena, taking their rightful place at the helm as one of the world's
leaders in visual communications. .
J.D. Powers & Associates proclaims that "Kodak is Highest
in Customer Satisfaction in the $200-$399 and the $400-$599 price ranges."
I am in 2005, thirty years after my first image was captured using Tri-X
400 film and I still have a relationship to the Kodak family of products.
When I was a teenager, the Kodak Instamatic camera and variations of
the 110 was the standard. In the early 1990's, I used the "new"
Kodak Reuseable camera for my photo/video documentary project, "Through
Our Own Eyes- Self-portraits by People Without Homes." sponsored
in part the the City of Los Angeles Cultural Afairs Deparment., HBO
Entertainment News, and others.
When I was starting out as a professional photographer in the 1970's,
Kodachrome 25 (now discontinued) was my film of choice. With it's extremely
fine grain and sharpness, KODACHROME is the most archival of transparency
films. It seemed fitting that when CBS-TV did a video clip of my self-portrait
work for the 1987 Paramount Studios/America Show and they used the sound
track from Paul Simon's 1973 hit song "Kodachrome!"
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the worlds a sunny day, oh yeah
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama dont take my Kodachrome away....
When the song was written in 1973 and became a hit, who would have dreamed
that by the year 2000, there would be a digital revolution that would
be replacing the traditional 35mm camera as well as the traditional
point and shoot! Along with this revolution came the introduction of
creative software applications such as Adobe Photoshop , along with
sophisticated high-end printers such as Epson. We are truly experiencing
a creative revolution, similar to the early days of Kodak camera production,
by George Eastman.
1995, A & I Color Lab, under the direction of James Ishahara, had the
latest equipment, the new KODAK PRO CD and the Kodak CD player, a huge
player box that would allow one to view the digitized photos on the
Kodak CD. Ish sponsored the production of 3 Kodak PRO CDs of my original
self-portrait portfolio. They could only be played on the special player
at the time. I think the disk player could be a collectors item by now.
I still use the CD files, so they have lasted 10 years to date.
During my Kodak/Santa Fe adventure, I decided
to use the cowgirl hat as an object theme to create my diary of
the visual experience ... "Have Hat will travel" prop. After
squashing it, sitting on it, throwing it, shooting it, in dust, wind
and rain, the hat and the experience became a wonderful pictorial of
my journey. I like themes, they encourage me to think beyond just what's
in front of me, how to incorporate an object into the scene to create
a cohesive journal.
The Santa Fe Workshop facility and staff were
our digital teachers ... tour guides! During our first gathering over
dinner, we were entertained by SFW Director, Reid Callanan, who read
passages from "The Way of the Traveler: Making Every Trip a Journey
of Self-Discovery" written by Joseph Dispenza. The passages he read
enhanced our awareness of the enchanted environment of the Indian Reservations,
adobe-styled homes and buildings of Santa Fe - located at 7,000 feet
elevation in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. We were
told "Drink water, lots and lots of water - and I also took a lot of
On our last day, once the group and individual picture taking opportunities
around Santa Fe, Eaves Ranch, Canyon Road and the incredible Tent Rocks,
were wrapped, we visited the local farmers market, had a final breakfast
together and then ventured back to the SF workshop facility.
four incredible days, we completed our image uploads at the Workshop
lab and narrowed down our selection from the Kodak DX7590 camera to
Just prior to going to the Eldorado Hotel for our final dinner and slide
show, we stopped by the Andrew Smith Gallery to view some of photography's
finest and most classic images. Dinner was delicious,including the tamale-
wrapped raspberry delights. After our meal we had a wonderful slide
presentation of our work. Everyone laughed a lot and reminisced about
experiences shared over the last few days. The perfect pairing of adventure
and learning. Outside, a thunderstorm and shower heralded the close
of our final evening in Santa Fe, complete with a rainbow!
Jerry Courvoisier, along with Steve Walenta, Brenda Kelley, Kim Nesselhauf
and the gracious Reid Callanan, Director of the Santa Fe Workshops,
presented everyone with a bag of goodies including the group photo taken
at Eaves Ranch. And last but not least, one final reading
by Reid Callanan from "The Way of the Traveler: Making Every
Trip a Journey of Self-Discovery," completed this exceptional experience.
special thank you to Jerry for bringing the exceptional and handsome
artist John Paul Caponigro to speak to us about his digital art on Friday
evening. The facility, SFW staff and programs are the finest in the
a creative/techie gal who loves information, archival facts and figures
and just learning how to use new equipment. Even before digital, I had
several different cameras, mostly 35mm as well as Polaroid that produced
various results. Now I enjoy not only the digital cameras, but also
the advantage of home high quality printing that I have enjoyed with
the Epson family of printers and archival inks.
Each year products get better, digital cameras are able to produce better
images and lasting output.. and so it goes. We now need a special budget
for the fast moving and changing photo equipment. Maybe just decide
that every two or three years we will just upgrade everything, computer,
camera, printer both professional equipment and the easy to use compacts.
We know we are in an ever changing visual medium at the moment.
(Pictured above, left, Shireen Mitchel, Founder, Digital Sisters,
Reid Callanan, SFW Director, Audrey Jonckheer, Director /Digital &
Film Imaging Systems at Eastman Kodak Company, seated background, Mike
of the Kodak Invitational participants, Veronica Hugger/National Scrapbooking
Association created and gave everyone a very special mini portfolio.
Scrapbooking is a huge business and the growth of digital has added
to the massive software and products available to archive family
history and events.
is working to bring the experience into an "EasyShare" system
from compact home printing, onsite kiosks, to their online gallery experience.
It's all there, it's just a matter of what your needs are. I think it's
best to understand your customer base as well as have simplistic systems
to capture your every day environment of family and friends. I do know
that one thing we should all be looking at is "archival quality"....how
long will the printed images last?
How long will CD's/DVD's be used? Lots of questions and many options.
We must take the time to organize our digital files for not only current
use, but also to be prepared for future transfers to new mediums.
Ferro Photo Artist / WIPI President
images copyright and text © Jean Ferro 2005
the wonderful world of the Santa Fe Workshop photography programs
National Scrapbooking Association
Henry Wilhelm for research on archival printing and products as well
as 35mm film storage
Digital Photography Review, a great website for up-to-date news on digital
cameras as well as side by side comparison charts on specs and test
reviews for both consumer and PRO products. http://www.dpreview.com/
For information about the DX7590 and Easy Share printer
a world of inspiration out there, capture it all with the power and
performance of the DX7590!
Professional-quality SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON
10X Optical Zoom Lens
5.0 MP for stunning-quality prints up to 20"x30" (50x76 cm)
Exclusive KODAK Color Science Image Processing Chip
2.2" high-resolution indoor/outdoor display manual and custom controls
High-speed, low-light auto-focus
Continuous shooting and bracketing modes
22 scene and color modes
Sharing is one-touch simple
Ready to go -- right out of the box
The KODAK EASYSHARE Camera
Dock 6000 is included with
the camera when purchased in the U.S.
Also check out the new Kodak
Picture Viewer, share Digital Pictures from the Palm of Your Hand
! ÊA Credit Card-Size Viewer with Big, Bright LCD Display
KODAK EasyShare Gallery
for KODAK EASY SHARE GALLERY photo gifts
If you are not already associated to an online gallery, consider Kodak,
a trusted name and a great way to process your online prints. You can
produce prints, galleries, calendars, books to coffee mugs!
There are a lot of online print houses. Find one that you can navigate
easily, feel comfortable about giving your payment information and don't
worry about a password or mail box, create a box just for your online
photo storage and album sharing, so you'll always know to go there to
find and send images.
Sign of the Times:
Note: AP Business Wire 6/15/05
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Ending a century-old tradition, Eastman Kodak Co.
will soon stop making black-and-white photographic paper, a niche product
for fine-art photographers and hobbyists that is rapidly being supplanted
by digital-imaging systems.
Kodak said Wednesday it will discontinue production of the paper, specially
designed for black-and-white film, at the end of this year. But the
world's biggest film manufacturer will continue to make black-and-white
film and chemicals for processing.
Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film
for KODAK photo gifts