- December 2003
4th Anniversary as an online outreach"
are proud to announce Annie Leibovitz as our Distinguished
Photographer Award winner. Annie is bar far one of the most talented
photographers of our day and WIPI is very happy to add her name to the
list of luminaries that have received the award in the past. We will
be making the presentation at the upcoming International
Photography Awards Gala Awards banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel
on December 7th. WIPI is honored to have been asked to participate in
this ground breaking event elevating photography awards to a new level
of professional and public recognition. We hope that our members will
join us in the gala presentation and recognition of photographers from
around the world.
We originated as a non-profit in 1981 in Los Angeles. A courageous group
of women came together to share ideas, exhibit and create an outreach
to the photo community (see WIPI History).
Here we are, 22 years later and going strong with an even greater outreach
through the world wide web. We get approx. 40,000 hits a month and growing.
The last four years of building the website and creating a new ground
to stand on has been an invigorating experience. In 1999, past director,
Nancy Clendaniel, enlisted the help of then an aspiring webmaster, Fraggle
of England to help set up the first website. Soon after, Amie
Vanderford Pfaff devoted another year and a half before her departure
to Apple computers, next support from Stuart Vail from TheScreamOnline
and Ludivine from France stepped in and finally Carrie
Villines, each one bringing something special and working with me
to accomplish the new vision of WIPI. We are now up to 650 pages...consistantly
producing the quarterlies since our first issue...WOW..what a lot of
a moment to visit our galleries and
cruise through the archives for articles
about a variety of well know and member photographers incredible and
interesting work. See our member PhotoProfiles
and visit the Historical bibliography of the Women In Photography International
Archive founded by the late Peter E. Palmquist in our Reference
Library. We've accomplished many wonderful projects over the past
4 years, including our 20th Anniversary Tea Time exhibition and presence
at photo l.a. 2002 and 2003. We appreciate all who have volunteered
or sponsored us in our goals to bring visibility to women working in
the photographic arts.
Distinguished Photographers Award nominees included:
Barth, Lillian Bassman, Jodi Cobb, Annie Leibovitz, Helen Levitt,
Sally Mann, Annette Messager, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, Carrie
Mae Weems, Mariana Yampolsky
Photo Awards Gala Award Banquet
Is looking for an umbrella for the organization!
Women In Photography International - Changes & Expansion Women In
Photography International is currently seeking to expand its professional
network by merging with a university or foundation that has an established
history of commitment to the photographic arts.
Founded in 1981, WIPI, a nonprofit, 501.c3 organization, (headquartered
in Los Angeles) has successfully fulfilled it's raison d'être:
To promote the visibility of women photographers and their work. This
has been achieved by providing:
1. worldwide professional networks
2. online educational resources & member galleries
3. historical database of women photographers
4. on-going exhibitions & gallery affiliations
5. workshops & lecture programs
6. competitions, including the WIPI
20th Anniversary Exhibition Tea Time, Images of Women, Images of
Tea and renown, collectors exhibition
7. quarterly publications, which is the foundation
of our current website and online gallery: www.wipi.org, reaching over
50,000 viewers a month
With Women In Photography Intl's steady growth, we feel it is the ideal
time to seek out an "umbrella" organization that will allow us to continue
fulfilling the needs of the growing numbers of women entering the field
of photography. With such a liaison, WIPI could expand it's administrative
staff, physical offices and increase services to it's membership in
the international photographic community.
We trust that our recent sponsors - Kodak
Foundation, Epson America, The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept., The
Stephen Cohen Gallery, Pierce College Foundation, Maryann Charis House
of Photographic Art, The Lomographic Society and Allworth Book Publishers
- along with the many talented women
working in the field of photography - will support this quest.
to serving an international network of photographers, Women in Photography
International has been devoted to preserving and perpetuating a west
coast presence for women working in the photographic arts with it's
extend outreach throughout the USA and Internationally. It's with this
in mind that we "fling down the gauntlet" to west coast universities,
museums and educational agencies (with accredited histories of commitment
to the work of women photographers) ~ challenging them to "pick up"
the 20 year legacy of Women in Photography International, the nonprofit
organization, and move forward!
There are so many doors to be opened, opportunities to grasp and artists
to encourage. WIPI has long met community needs for lecture programs,
educational workshops, exhibitions and
regional conferences that focus specifically on women working in the
photographic arts. Just think how much more can be accomplished once
a liaison with a university or museum is firmly in place?
For over ten years, we worked hand-in-hand with our beloved silent partner,
historian & curator Peter
Palmquist, (1937-2003) who encouraged us to "never give up" the
quest to serve and preserve the work of women photographers. Peter contributed
historical profiles from his Women in Photography International Archive
to our online publication: F2. Together we strove to reach out to
women photographers - those established and those yet unknown - to let
them know they mattered and that their work would not be lost because
WIPI would be their record.
It's with this raision d'être in mind that we are now approaching
the most esteemed curators, directors and overseers of women's role
in the history of photography on the west coast. Our goal is to link
up and soar! Please contact us to discuss the possibilities!
We invite you to learn more about Women in Photography International
by taking a tour of our website: www.womeninphotography.org
letters, Starting July 2000 WIPI News archive