Lectures & Special Events


Since 1977 CPW has hosted lectures and special events to educate, encourage, inform, and inspire photographers and audiences of all ages.

Located at CPW in the idyllic town of Woodstock, NY, CPW’s Special Events and Lectures brings nationally and internationally regarded photographers to the heart of the Catskills. From artist talks to panel discussions, portrait events and pop up shows, CPW offers a wide range of photo-happenings throughout the year!


Book Signing: Rachel Papo

Saturday, August 6 at 2-5pm
Photographer Rachel Papo with authors Ariel Shanberg and Holly Graff

Spend a lovely Saturday afternoon with us to celebrate the publication of Rachel Papo’s book Homeschooled.

While living in Woodstock, NY with her husband and baby daughter, Papo developed her interest in counter-culture education. As criticism of the U.S. education system grew on a national level she decided to explore this controversial topic in depth and challenge her own prejudgments on the issue. In 2011, she began to photograph a small number of families living in the Catskills, who practice homeschooling. Papo focused particularly on the children, in an attempt to capture what she describes as “their spirit, and the meaning of growing up outside the conventional four classroom walls.”

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Pipo Nguyen-duy

Lecture: Pipo Nguyen-duy

Friday, August 5 at 7:30pm at CPW

Join us to hear about Pipo’s newest projects, his life, his experience during the American War in his early Viet Nam days, early career as teen ping pong champion, and more. It’s one not to be missed.

Growing up close to the demilitarized zone of the 18th Parallel, Pipo Nguyen-duy describes hearing gunfire every day of his early life. He immigrated to the US as a political refugee. In his art, Pipo has often returned to the psychological or physical manifestations of war and our fragile sense of safety. His first rendition of the East of Eden series concentrated on the psychological aftermath of 9/11, when people came to realize that they cannot be certain of their physical or emotional safety. The second part took him back to Viet Nam, where he photographed survivors of the war without revealing what side of the war they fought on. Opposite to our expectations, these photographs represent a striking resilience and celebration of life that has overcome the unthinkable.

He has received key grants and fellowships, such as a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography and a grant from the National Endowment for The Arts.

“His passion for life and the people in it clearly defines who he is as an artist and the photographs he creates.” – Hannah Frieser

Image: Pipo Nguyen-duy, Mountain Fire, 2002, from the series East of Eden

PR: 2016 Workshop Lecture Series

Lawrence McFarland

Announcing the 2016 Workshop Lecture Series

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is excited to announce the speakers in this year’s Workshop Lecture Series. 

The lecture series is a companion program to CPW’s nationally distinguished Woodstock Photography Workshop Series. Join us to hear some of the most distinguished artists in the field talk about their art practices and recent projects. Speakers include: John Mannion & Sean Hovendick, Alejandro Cartagena, Doug Beasley, Lori Nix, Pipo Nguyen-duy, Kelli Connell, Gregory Halpern, Amy Arbus, Gabriel García Román, Ariel Shanberg & Carlos Loret de Mola, David Maisel, Doug Menuez, Lawrence McFarland, Dawoud Bey, and Shana & Robert ParkeHarrison.

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PR: Finding Vivian Maier – Special Events in Woodstock

Finding Vivian Maier


Finding Vivian Maier

Announcing Film Screening, Lecture and Exhibition
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Collaboration between WAAM, Upstate Films and CPW

WAAM presents a special screening of Finding Vivian Maier, a film by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. Saturday, June 4 at 4pm at Upstate Films (132 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498). $10/$7 WAAM members.

The film screening is followed by a conversation and Q&A with Howard Greenberg, founder of the Center for Photography at Woodstock and owner of Howard Greenberg Gallery, as well as a special appearance by John Maloof, who discovered Vivian Maier’s work and is the co-director of the film.

Directly following the events at Upstate Films, CPW is hosting a reception for an exhibition featuring fourteen images by Vivian Maier at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (59 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498).

Image: ©Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

This program is part of WAAM Dialogues, made possible with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Milton & Sally Avery Foundation. 


PR: Woodstock Portfolio Reviews

CPW portfolio reviews


Woodstock Portfolio Reviews

Announcing Portfolio Reviews at the Center for Photography at Woodstock
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Photographers – Come join us for a chance to meet with some of the most illustrious photography professionals in the field, who will provide feedback, advice and potential opportunities. Our reviewers include gallery and museum curators, editors and writers for print and online magazines.

Each session costs $50. Members will receive their first session free as a benefit of membership. For non-members, the cost of the first session will be applied to a one-year basic CPW membership, making them eligible to submit their portfolio to the Photography Now competition in 2017, discounts to CPW’s summer workshops and many other photography organizations via the Connections Program.

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Holiday Photo Booth Event


with the fabulous Phil Mansfield!

10am-2pm, Saturday, December 19th, 2015 at CPW

Come have your holiday portrait taken by Phil Mansfield and enjoy some free hot cocoa and cookies! Prints ready within the hour! Festive holiday sweaters, giant candy canes, and happy elf costumes are joyfully encouraged!

$25 for ONE 5×7″ archival pigment print!
ONE 5×7″ print with purchase of a CPW membership (one time offer)!
ONE 5×7″ print + digital file with a donation of $100 or more to CPW!

Additional prints available for purchase!

Donations help us reach our 2015 year-end Challenge Match goal of $10,000.