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2007 / 2008

"High Adventure: The Pioneering Aerial Photographs of
Mary Upjohn Meader"   by Monica Barnes

On September 16, 1937, Mary Upjohn took off from Kalamazoo, Michigan. Still in her 20s, she was beginning a pioneering flight that brought her over three continents. In the pilot's seat was her first husband, surgeon and future American Geographical Society President Richard Upjohn Light (1902-1994). Mary was the co-pilot, radio operator, and photographer. The goal was to make a record of South American and African land forms, city plans, farms, mines, and industrial installations.

Aerial photography was still relatively new in the late 1930s. Although photos had been taken from balloons from the mid-nineteenth century, slow film and plates and unreliable airships inhibited development until World War I, when photos taken from the air became essential to military intelligence. During the 1920s and 30s air photography progressed rapidly but many parts of the world had still not been photographed from above.

Air passenger travel, air mail and air freight had been launched in both South America and Africa by the late 1930s. This provided an infrastructure of landing fields and basic aeronautical services. Fields were small, unsurfaced, and usually lacked hangars. Frequently pilots were beyond radio range and had no access to weather reports. When Richard and Mary landed at the Kampala Airport on December 17, 1937, they were piloting only the third plane to ever arrive there
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“I Dream to…
Step Up Womens’ Network’s "Photojournalism for Girls"

“I Dream to…Photojournalism for Girls” is a class for Teen girls, sponsored by Step Up Women’s Network and Crystal Light, and taught by photographers and WIPI members Amy Tierney and Maya Myers.

I dream to be a photographer.
I dream to be an attorney.
I dream to be an actress.
I dream to be a police woman.
I dream to be a fashion designer.
I dream to be a DJ.

I dream.......

The list goes on and on and represents just a few of the 24 dreams that were further inspired in Step Up Womens’ Network’s "Photojournalism for Girls" class
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Hawaii - A Voice for Sovereignty
is a documentary by photojournalist Catherine Bauknight that explores who owns Hawaii and examines the culture and how it relates to the land rights of the indigenous Hawaiians.

..You can't keep developing everything, then you'll pave over paradise...

Fundraiser Screening / Photo Auction
DATE: February 29, 2008 starts at 7pm
(check website for date)
6523 W Sunset Hollywood, CA 90028

read more about the vision of a photographer taking on the challenge to give a voice to the Hawaiian people, their cultural history and preservation


TV Personality Manning to Serve as Spokesperson and Share Scrapbooking, Entertaining and Decorating Tips at Canon-Sponsored Events and On Canon U.S.A. Web Sites

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., – As America's fascination with crafts and scrapbooking grows, imaging industry leader Canon U.S.A., Inc. has aligned with a new spokesperson; photographer and Do It Yourself (DIY) Network personality, Erin Manning. Together, Canon and Erin will help crafters of all skill levels take full advantage of their personal technology products, resulting in creative ideas for decorating, DIY gifts, clever projects and unique scrapbooks.
Canon May 23 Canon PR Release  

WIPI PRO Member  Erin Manning Website

“Portrait and Candid Photography" - New book released on October 8, 2007

Santa Monica Promenade
Barnes & Noble on November 15, 2007 at 7:30pm

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Carrie Mae Weems - WIPI Distinguished Photographer Awards


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. Since 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 heritage. ...

"My 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 "Louisiana Project."   

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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Women In Photography International Distinguished Photographer's
Award - 2005

* - Carrie Mae Weems

Women In Photography International is pleased to announce Carrie Mae Weems the recipient of our 2005 Distinguished Photographers Award.

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Sylvia Plachy - Distinguished Photographer 2004
presented in New York City, the Lucie Awards presentation at the American Airlines Theatre, October 18, 2004
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The Awards Backstage - page 1
The Presentation, page 2
Adrien Brody Video Clip - page 3
The Private Party - page 4
winners and presenters

Article by Juanita Richeson
Aperture Foundation Book Sylvia Plachy Self Portrait with Cows Going Home 2004,
LucieAwards.com website


Annie Leibovitz - Distinguished Photographer 2003
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Women In Photography International Distinguished Photographers Award
Lucie Awards - December 7, 2003   See photos from GALA event


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