PR: 2013 Photographers’ Fellowship Fund


Kristina E. Knipe Awarded the 2013 Photographers’ Fellowship Fund.

selected by Larissa Leclair

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is delighted to announce that Kristina E. Knipe of  Kingston, NY has been awarded the 2013 Photographers’ Fellowship Fund.

Larissa Leclair, Founder and Curator of the Indie Photobook Library was invited to select this year’s recipient for CPW’s prestigious honor.

This year’s applicant pool included submissions from over a dozen counties and over 60 towns, cities, and villages in upstate New York.

Juror Leclair remarked on Knipe’s work, As a young photographer just embarking on a career in photography, it is my 
pleasure to honor Kristina with the 2013 CPW Fellowship. The potential in Knipe and this body of work is astounding. I look forward to following her creative and professional journey.

Kristina Knipe will be presented with the $2,500 fellowship on Saturday, October 19th at CPW’s Annual Benefit Gala held at the Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in Saugerties, NY.

Also recognized by Leclair, was the 2013 finalist, Nandita Raman (Hudson, NY), who will receive tuition 
scholarship valued at $350 towards a workshop at CPW in 2014. For more information on Raman and to view her work, visit

Kristina E. Knipe received the 2013 Fellowship for her ongoing body of work exploring the world of those who “self-injured”.  Beginning in 2012, Knipe traveled to her hometown of Allentown, Pennsylvania and contacted individuals whom she knew self-injured when they were growing up. At the same time, she posted an advertisement on the New York City Craigslist with the desire to open up existing narratives surrounding this subculture.

As Knipe describes it, the culture of self-injury is often characterized by secrecy; most individuals chose to keep their participation in the project a secret from their loved ones. The creative act of photographing felt subversive. We were wary of being overheard, of being exposed. Regardless of our fear, the sessions had a meditative quality; the simple acknowledgement of a repressed history has healing power. Harming oneself is often an attempt to heal oneself, it is a way of coping that is both creative and destructive.

Inspired by the mentorship she found under her first photography instructor, Lydia Panas, Knipe went on to study at the New York University’s Tisch School of Arts where she received her BFA in 2012. That year Knipe received the Leon and Michaela Constantiner Fellowship. Most recently she was named a finalist in the international Critical Mass competition. Knipe lives in Kingston, NY and assists the Hudson Valley based artist and educator Erika DeVries.

To view Knipe’s work, click here.

Larissa Leclair is an independent curator and writer. She founded the Indie Photobook Library, a U.S. based archive that collects and showcases self-published and indie published photobooks, and facilitates discourse on trends in contemporary publishing and scholarly research now and in the future. Since May of 2010, the iPL has organized over twenty pop-up library spaces, events, and feature-length exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Guatemala and China. Leclair has written for PDN, GUP, PQ, Photo-Eye, and VOP. She has served as a juror for the New York Photo Awards, Blurb Photography Book Now competition, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival, and the 4th International Photobook Festival Photobook Award in Kassel, Germany. She has lectured at the School of Visual Arts, Georgetown University, the Corcoran College of Art & Design, MICA, the New York Art Book Fair, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others.

CPW’s Photographers’ Fellowship Fund was established to support regional artists working in photography and related media of exceptional talent. In many cases it serves as the recipient’s first serious form of professional 
recognition. The honor is often seen as a major step in their creative career and a vital form of encouragement to further their artistic explorations and professional goals. In addition to receiving the cash award, Fellowship recipients will have their work featured on CPW’s website where it will be digitally archived and made available to an international audience.

CPW established the Photographers’ Fellowship Fund in 1980, specifically to provide direct financial support to the community of visual artists living in 22 upstate New York counties. For the full list of recipients, click here.

Since the Fellowship was established, CPW has awarded over $74,000 to 86 individual artists. There are no stipulations or requirements in how recipients utilize their award. Photographers’ Fellowship Fund winners are invited to contribute a piece to CPW’s Permanent Print Collection, which is held on extended loan at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York, New Paltz.

This grant is made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Edith & Phillip Leonian Foundation, and private donors who care about supporting the arts through direct support to artists.