April 16, 2015
March 14, 2015
....It's time...here we go >>>
and just a few months to go before WIPI's archive takes flight to the
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library to be included into the
Women In Photography International Western Americana Collection.
It's so exciting and thrilling to know our files and history will be
available for researchers, curators, scholars as well as students to
showcase the progress of women photographers associated to our organization.
The Swivel iMac
our backlog of physical boxes filled with files and printouts, books,
promotional materials, etc. from mid-2003 to present, but also our
sweet little iMac G4 swivel screen computer (800mhz, 1GB memory)
that houses all our core files of submissions and programs over the
This beautiful vintage computer was/is so small that it is hard to believe
we've been able to handle the core WIPI incoming files and outgoing
mailings. Of course, backup drives and support computers (thank you
WIPI CHARTER Member Joan Almond) have guided me through the internet
terrain to achieve our goals. It's a real collector's item and a wonderful
historical reference of our progress
Vacation & Social Media
have lots to do over the coming months to meet our commitment of transfer.
After summer vacation, we'll look at the future of social media, programs
and collaborations that will continually focus a bright light on the
work of women photographers worldwide.
In 1999 we were...what I would call "first kids on the block"...jumping
online when so many had the mind set that people would not buy photographs
online. Our original pages had small images to accommodate the browser
speed. The internet grew and we grew to add to our wonderful history
and online exhibitions. The time has come to look at the electronic
trends and see what best serves a member-based organization.
Over the last five years, there has been dramatic changes due to social
media. Many photographers have created "vanity" blogs that
support their career and others. It's an internet experience that is
special unto itself, not bound by the 501.c.3 regulations or organizational
loyalty. There's a BIG difference between a social media site (Facebook
(WIPI has 7800+ FB followers), Instagram, Twitter,
Tumbler, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus, etc...+ + +) and the responsibility
of a credentialed and well-established organization. WIPI circulates
in a large cross section network of internet communication exchange.
r) r1: photo la 2013, Monica Kane Stewart, Carrie Mae Weems,
r2: Nancy Clendaniel, Bev Pettit, Out of Focus Exhibition, Malala
Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize 2014
r3: Beinecke Yale Gallery, Jean Ferro, Jane Gottlieb, Ivy Bigbee
Silvershotz,cover WIPI article
WIPI has stayed true to its mission. Founded in 1981, Women In Photography
International is a 501.c.3 outreach organization, which promotes the
visibility of women photographers and their work. >online since 1999<
history 1981 to present http://womeninphotography.org/wipihistory.html
Physical files mid 2003-2015. The contents will be updated to include
current WIPI CHARTER Gallery files and materials
(taken out of storage to sort and log for shipment)
are very grateful that WIPI's archive is honored and preserved for research
and educational programs for students and scholars at Yale University's
prestigious Beinecke Library. Our documentation -- a bridge between
two centuries, is a valuable source containing 34 years of historic
segments of growth and recognition of women photographers work. From
its early grassroots
community, WIPI grew into a premiere network promoting women
thru the early printed informative f2 newsletter and transitioned to
the worldwide web's super highway in October
1999 to expand outreach and visibility, joining a global community.
Our website now in 2015, over 3000 searchable pages deep.
I first came on board as a WIP Advisory Board member in 1988 after meeting
WIP Director and photojournalist Nancy Clendaniel. Nancy and I became
close friends (and still are). Together we've gone from the familiar
analog visual dialog to the ever changing digital world of photography
and electronic communication. Sometimes it's a roller coaster ride,
other times a joy ride ...often challenging and definitely worthy!
To prepare for the transition, our PROfessional, General and Student
membership is now closed to new members. Anyone can contribute to our
WALL to show their support for our growth. Current members can
still upgrade to CHARTER.
will keep open CHARTER Supporting members as we go through our
transfer process. Registration
is open gallery files must be completed by May 1st. Once you
are registered you will receive the page information for file submission.
See current galleries as an example. WE ARE LOOKING FOR supporting
and sponsorship members or donations.
Member WIPI / YALE / Galleries, are a stunning presentation
of members work and biographical background to introduce Yale scholars
to the talented women who have been associated to WIPI in programs
and exhibitions over the years in a variety of career paths in photography.
UPDATE: 3/31 WIPI will be creating
a catalog with one page per Gallery member with their 1st image
plus contact info and a list of any materials submitted. The catalog
reference w/contained DVD (DVD will have all the gallery files)
will be for future submissions of the group to add to their archive
starting sometime late 2016. Catalog will also be distributed to
additional facilities as a reference of WIPI files held at the Beinecke
Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.
We had an exceptional photo la 2015. January 15-18th. Our photo installation
was a grand success. We were in a perfect location and had a constant
flow of people photographing themselves and sharing the work on social
media. WIPI's installation "Put
Yourself In The Photo" installation was probably one of the
most photographed artworks at the show. We were a wonderful spotlight,
inviting visitors to participate in the visual exchange and walk away
with a memorable picture of themselves interacting with the photo art
work. Thank you photo la founder Stephen Cohen, Director Claudia James
Bartlett and Kat Sambor! Our online gallery pages contain 62 Self-portraits
including several of our past Distinguished Photographer Awardees images.
(center l – r) Sharyn Keller, Jean
THANK YOU EVERYONE who participated in photo
la 2015 WIPI onsite and online Gallery and our Facebook
documentation. If you stopped by our photo art installation and
took a photo, please post to our Facebook page!
THANK YOU to our CHARTER
Members for providing a beautiful example of strong portfolios and
biographies to be included in our historical documentation. Good work!
Extra special thanks to Graphic Designer, Sharyn
Keller, since 2001 has worked side by side with me to develop programs,
handle competition files, hang shows, move WIPI materials, a great friend
and valuable WIPI asset.
Past Director and dear friend, Nancy
Clendaniel and I have remained friends after her move to Washington
State in 1990. Her contribution to WIPI's history has been a shinning
light on the early years of the member based outreach. We've had long
and varied conversations of WIPI"s history and progress and many
funny stories about our lives as photographers...we're both from the
Philadelphia area. she Chestnut Hill and myself Bucks County.
And of course Thank you to so many wonderful WIPI members (will make
a "long" list in the coming months to add to my Yale file),
who have been the spirited women who have helped to carry WIPI forward
since my presidency started in spring of 2000.
I've always been strong at ideas and creativity realize if I wait
for "perfection"... nothing would happen. For me it's best
to take the risk, put it out there... you can always fix it or change
it later..."My life is often similar to 'an artist's proof"'...and
so it goes.
Artist / President (2000-present)
Women In Photography International
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11/14/14 - December 2014
are happy to announce that the WOMEN IN PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNATIONAL
archive from mid-2003 thru Spring 2015 will be submitted to the Beinecke
Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University. WIPI's original
from 1981 thru 1992 was given to Peter Palmquist by past director
Nancy Clendaniel in 1997
In 1999 WIPI began a revived status online at womeninphotography.org
and continued its growth with non-stop accelerated speed on the super
highway of the worldwide web. Our pages showcase women's work from
around the globe through exhibitions, feature stories and juried competitions.
We've expanded from the website which is over 3000 pages of historical
and current information about women's photography work to include
social media including Facebook
and Twitter to accommodate
the changing patterns of communication to display and promote the
work of WIPI members.
are at a new growth stage of preparing our files from 2003 thru
2015 to be included in the Women in Photography International
archive held at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
at Yale University in mid 2015. Our original files are included
Peter Palmquist Western Americana Collection that was transferred
to the Beinecke after Peter's untimely death in January 2003.
to historian Peter Palmquist.
an incredible honor and opportunity for the organization to have
our archives preserved in an environment that reaches the world
through such a prestigious library to accommodate scholars, writers,
researchers, students and anyone interested in the visual arts.
WIPI has put together a SHOWCASE CHARTER Gallery to present to Yale,
it's alumni, staff and those interested a cross section of women
working today in the many facets of photography and the moving image.
Please visit our CHARTER
| YALE | GALLERY to enjoy the work and history of the women
of Women In Photography International.
Please feel free to dive in and check out the best of our photographers
who participated in annual competitions, feature stories, special
projects, photo la and photo independent. These programs were made
possible through the generous support of our members and sponsors
who helped us achieve our goals.
Will write more late...back to the CHARTER
MEMBER GALLERY PRESENTATION for now.
Artist / President
Women In Photography International
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