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Beinecke Library / Yale University Update: October, 2017

Hello & Hope to see you again in the future,

The Beinecke Library will archive the website into their IT system now in May 2017 for libraries worldwide. WIPI's online site as it is now will just exist as a support with NO CHANGES while the Beinecke and Yale University explore their potential use and outreach.... In other words, we'll be their here as a back up!

I had the unique opportunity to be part of the enrichment activities to support the presence of women working in the photographic arts. As the 21st century began, it was the dawn of the digital age and new found opportunities for learning, exhibition and achievement which is evident in the success of women photographers today. The long list of female pioneers from photojournalism to fine art led the way through hard work and endurance to cast their light for us to follow and expand into the digital age with more knowledge and opportunities.

Women in Photography International's journey from 1981 thru 2016 has been an incredible growth adventure. Beginning as Women in Photography, Inc. and growing as a 501.c.3 into Women in Photography International online resource provided a platform for outreach for women's work to be recognized and honored. We are proud to have the opportunity for WIPI files including, prints, documentation, computer, website, and all printed materials to be archived at the Beinecke Library at Yale University Their final web capture spring 2017 will place WIPI into the history of photography for generations to come. We are fortunate for this last opportunity to secure everything that is important to the women who have participated in our wonderful organization from 1981 until present 2017.... phew!

Sorry for any confusion, dates, etc. This has been a very long journey, exciting and challenging. Please keep in mind our website is over 3000 pages deep, so details and the work involved has been tremendous. Last chance to sign up for the DONOR WALL name/link info Apr. 30.   DONOR WALL

PS... the University library system is not the instant gratification as is FB and other social media. Standards are high, process is like engraving, strong and preserved.

Selected Binder Content notes:

There is a long list of members, assistants and volunteers who have been supportive of Women In Photography International and myself. Since I became president in the spring of 2000, the world wide web super highway has been a long, winding road filled with creativity, joy, challenge, growth and gratitude. I would like to thank Peter Palmquist (1936-2003) for encouraging me to take the reigns and lead WIPI into the 21st Century, and for opening the doors to the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library under the insightful direction of Curator George Miles read more.

10 UNIQUE Binders - list of recipients-156 pages - includes letters, CHARTER Member Listings and Galleries, WIPI history, homepage, programs, promotional materials, on two DVDs - given to selected Museums/Libraries. Sent September 2016 to complement the September reopening of the renovated Beinecke Library.

BINDER Contents: images of the sample of the binder contents

MILESTONES 1981 - Sept. 2016
Milestone Notes: Looking Back, starting  1981 - 2016
80s   In the 80s photography consisted of the classic 35mm SLR cameras, i.e., Nikon, Leica, Hasselblad, Pentax cameras and Polaroid SX70, and for many, required technical skills, knowledge of light, film types, lenses, high end strobes and lab print development.

President's Letters: 1999-2017

Update: JANUARY 29, 2016

January 29, email for final submission of any new Charter Galleries as well as column update for text of existing Charter Gallery members to prepare final book binder of Charter Galleries for Yale inclusion as well as additional research libraries, scheduled to ship Feb. 29 Actual ship date: September 17, 2017


with accompanying INTERACTIVE DVD contents of full Gallery presentation
(above: condensed clips reference from YALE CHARTER GALLERY)


Dec. 21, 2015, received a copy of the WIPI accession record
June 24- end of July - Shipment to the Beinecke Library, shipped by: LLC a leading provider of transportation management for discerning clients, primarily in the antiquarian book, map, print and decorative art fields.

Updated, APRIL 16, 2015

March 14, 2015
....It's we go >>>


Upcoming Changes:

It's March 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 Peter Palmquist 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

Not only 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 years.

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

We 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 of onsite 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 8000+ 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.

(l to r)  r1: photo la 2013, Monica Kane Stewart, Carrie Mae Weems, Join WIPI,
r2: Nancy Clendaniel, Bev Pettit, Out of Focus Exhibition, Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize 2014
r3: Beinecke Yale Gallery, Jean Ferro, Jane Gottlieb, Silvershotz, 11 WIPI photographers 2014


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:

Physical files mid 2003-2015. The contents will be updated to include the
current WIPI CHARTER Gallery files and materials
(taken out of storage to sort and log for shipment, (April 2015)

We 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 roller coaster ride, other times a joyride ...often challenging, and definitely worthy!

Membership Changes

To prepare for the transition, our PROfessional, General and Student membership is now closed to new members. Anyone can contribute to our DONOR WALL to show their support for our growth with future projects.

We 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.

The CHARTER 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.

PHOTO LA -2015

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 Ferro

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, who since 2001 has worked side by side with me to develop programs, handle production and 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 shining 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--Nancy, 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 the spring of 2000.

I've always been strong at ideas and creativity, realizing 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.


With gratitude,

Jean Ferro

Photo Artist / President (2000-present)
Women In Photography International

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November 14, 2014 - December 2014

UPDATE: 3/31-4/1 see above

April 2015

We 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 archive 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 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.

We 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 in the Peter Palmquist Western Americana Collection that was transferred to the Beinecke after Peter's untimely death in January 2003. Tribute to historian Peter Palmquist.

It's 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 our talented 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.


With gratitude,

Jean Ferro

Photo Artist / President
Women In Photography International

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