A profile of Jean Ferro, Photo Artist, Los Angeles, Ca.
Jean Ferro began her career in the visual arts in Hollywood in the 1970s. Shooting personalities such as David Bowie, Marcel Marceau, Ringo Starr, Reba McEntire and at the same time building a classic library of self-portraits. "I was handed a camera and the world of images became the vista upon which my visual archive continues to bloom." Ferro's work is a growing body of images that shoot straight from the heart.
Throughout the '80s, Ferro's self-portraits received international recognition in ZOOM magazine, published in France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, along with US national TV magazine shows, including CBS' "America", and ABC's "Eye On LA."
In 1990, Ferro's "Statue
of Liberty" project marked her transition from fifteen years of traditional
photography into "Photo Art," mixing various mediums.
Her powerful image, "Memorial Day, Forever Sad the Heart" has been exhibited at Nikon House, New York, Konica Plaza, Tokyo, and the Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery for the Commission on the Status of Women. Ferro's work has been commissioned by Paramount Studios, the Southern California Regional Rail Authority and most recently in 1998-1999 Capitol Records and DreamWorks, SKG. Studios.
Ferro's journalistic style of movement and spontaneity is evident in the new publication Los Angeles , City of Dreams (Urban Tapestry series) by Tower Publishing 8/1999.
The 1989 Women In Photographer New Photographers Lecture Series presented "Jean Ferro's Eye To Eye, the Art of Self- Portraiture."
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Member Profile & Portfolio
Although I am a jockey by trade for almost twenty years, my other passion has always been photography.
As my father was in the military, my mother and I followed him to bases around the world, living in a different country practically every year from the time I was born. At 15 years of age, I began the process of creating a photographic diary about my life which continued as I began my career as a jockey. Whether training in Leatherhead, England, breaking babies in southern California or competing in races in the Pacific Northwest , my camera is always with me. This allows me a type of self-expression that melds perfectly with my life with the horses!
Whether I am riding a race in Washington State, Arizona, California, Canada or Japan there is always time after the race is run, to take off with my camera and capture the beauty of the people and the scenery around me. If there’s no time to leave the track, then walking around the backstretch is a picturesque world unto itself! Just watching the trainers and grooms as they care for the horses - soaping them up and bathing them - is always a visual treat! And the photo opportunities are endless.
Lately, the gift of a Fuji Film Digital camera from my husband, jockey Gary Baze, has got me experimenting with the camera in ways I never imagined. Self-portraits, scenics, still lifes – the possibilities are endless! My bones may get creaky, and the racing may slow down – but as long as I have eyes to see and a steady hand to get the next shot, I’ll be out there somewhere, prowling around waiting for the right light, the perfect angle, that special mood … making more photos and more photo diaries for years to come.
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Historical Profile: Betty Bennett, Photojournalist 1927 - 1996
for her work as a theatrical photographer in New York and Philadelphia in the
1960's, Betty Bennett's life and work encompassed many art forms.
Samples of her photography can be viewed upon request by contacting:-
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