the last 12 issues of the online publication
that I've produced, I've had the opportunity to present a variety of women's
work. Their portfolios, their stories, a glimpse into their world and
life. It's really been exciting and sometimes a lot more work than I had
anticipated. When I was asked to help turn WIPI around by the late, great,
Peter Palmquist, I had no idea that a one year obligation would turn into
three solid years of often intense production of the website, creating
exhibition brochures, PR releases, invitations, gathering WIPI archive
material, financial responsibilities and membership outreach. Talk about
wearing a lot of hats. I kept saying to Peter, "I'm a photo/artist,
not an Arts Administrator. WIPI needs an Arts Administrator." He
would chuckle and say, one will show up... My single-mindedness and technical
ability played an important role to propel WIPI full speed ahead onto
the information super highway. Thanks to the many calls to Chuck
Berhman (WIPI Tea Time CD producer), for his patience and expertise
to help me overcome each computer and software challenge. I apologize
and thank everyone for suffering or hopefully chuckling through
my grammatical ills. Many offered to proof read, but with these tight
and unpredictable schedules, we just never hooked up..so I just kept skipping
forward with my typo's, drifting sentences, etc.
Time, the exhibition, will move forward and we will be posting the
entire exhibit online shortly. Since I created the CD and created the
theme, I'll make the steps to stay with the project to bring it to fruition.
We are actively pursuing new opportunities for this wonderful and timely
exhibition, Tea Time, Images
of Women, Images of Tea.
Quarterly has a lot of information. Please take the time to visit
each area and get to know the talented WIPI women who are accomplishing
their goals by producing good work. Also, read the correspondence from
Photo Historians about the recent Los
Angeles Times, March 31 cover story controversy about digital manipulation
and the problems it's causing for editors. See
Katheen McLaughlin's PRO gallery, it's only a glimpse of the stunning
work she has accomplished. Her website is a joy to visit. If you enjoy
taking photographs of children, see Rachel
Devine, you can tell the children trust her and they are very comfortable
in her presence. Our historical section
is full of WIPI history along with tribute pages to
Peter Palmquist. He was so loved by so many, we will all miss him.
His archive will be held at the Beinecke Library at Yale University.
Pam Mendelshon, a very special person and Peter's mate of 26 years
has worked tirelessly since his untimely death on January 13th to create
a foundation for Peter and also the upcoming tribute in Arcata, Ca. on
April 12th. The tribute replaces the wedding plans they had scheduled
for this summer. Thank you to all those who sent kind words and well wishes.
Suzanne Urminski is Peter's associate curator of the archive.
WIPI News is just packed with great information. We held over Stephanie McGehee's article about Invasion Training. Stephanie is still in Kuwait and is t side by side with US soldiers and photojournalist traveling into Iraq. Juanita Richeson, what a talented lady. I suggest anyone who wants to know what to do to get their career moving might want to take the time to read, print and reread her article about her work and tips on staying focused. Sara Terry dropped me a line to say she had images from Code Pink, the international gathering of Women against war. We have just a clip of the layout, but you can visit her agency's site to see the whole layout. Now..if you want to take a break from all the intensity, see the Ellen Hess WIPI News story piece. The images are calm and soothing to the soul and on top this visual serenity, she lives on the dream island of Bali.
Joyce Tenneson has a new book "Flower Portraits" due out in April. So make sure you check Amazon.com for its release. Susan Sontag has brought forth another brilliant investigation of photography and the media "Regarding the Pain of Others." I'm looking forward to reading Sontag's book and seeing Joyce's new images.
The photo la. 2003 images will remain online. In the Ruth Bernhard tribute section, the interview by Ted Hartwell, photography curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) delights in telling the story of his visit to Ruth Bernhard's home in San Francisco. Ruth and her long time assistant Maryann were very pleased with our online tributes. After photo l.a. I bought two pictorial books to send to Ruth, Los Angeles and another called Hollywood. Ruth at one time lived in a studio just off Highland around 1950. I signed the first page of the Hollywood book with a note "You can always take the girl out of Hollywood, but you can never take Hollywood out of the girl." I tried to photograph her old residence, but I fear years and years of development left nothing but street signs and 1970 apartment buildings. Hopefully the books brought back some wonderful memories to this incredible photographer, artist and teacher of 97 years of age.
The Quarterly is full of wonderful work and words by women. Peace to ALL nations and ALL people. May the Iraqi people also find peace and forgiveness for this aggression and all the people of Islam. May we find a way to live and share our lives together and may our boys/girls and men/women return home as quickly as possible. I thank them for giving of themselves so that I may be free and I pray that in the future we find new ways to make changes in our world community and in ourselves. Keep educating yourselves and keep shooting those award winning photographs.
Focus on Peace,