PR: Fionn Reilly Book Signing and Gallery Talk

Fionn Reilly: Kolkata Calcutta

Book signing and Gallery Talk
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 3-5pm

CPW is pleased to announce a book signing and gallery talk to celebrate Fionn Reilly’s new book Kolkata Calcutta (KMW Studio Publishing, 2017). As part of the event, special guest Tony Fletcher, who wrote the foreword for the book, will be discussing Reilly’s compelling photo series with the artist.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Kolkata Calcutta is a collection of classic black-and-white and color photographs taken in what Fionn Reilly refers to as “of one the World’s most enthralling and mysterious cities as revealed through the lens of photographer.”

Inspired by the films of Kolkata’s celebrated director Satyajit Ray and the great Indian photographer Raghubir Singh, Reilly’s images capture an intense city that exudes a true sense of soul, haunted by it’s ghosts of empire. Primary among this volume are Reilly’s candid shots of everyday people in pursuit of their everyday business, religious and cultural icons, historical architecture, and open spaces.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Fionn Reilly is a London born professional photographer living in upstate New York. He studied at London College of Printing. His portrait work has featured internationally in publications such as The New York Times, L.A Times, iD Magazine, Italian Vogue, Esquire, Spanish GQ, and Prison Life Magazine of which he was also Art Director.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the book signing. The book may be previewed online at

PR: Purchase Award 2017

Announcing the 2017 Purchase Award Recipient: SARAH ANTHONY

The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) is pleased to announce the 2017 Purchase Award. This year’s recipient is Boston-based artist Sarah Anthony, whose projects focus on masculinity, coming of age, gender, romance and human relationships. The Purchase Award, which is part of the annual Photography Now exhibition, includes a CPW Advanced Membership with one-on-one portfolio review session. The award is chosen annually by Executive Director Hannah Frieser.

About the Artist: Sarah Anthony received her BFA in Photography from Syracuse University in 2013. She works in photography, creative writing and performative mediums. Her photography has been exhibited internationally, most recently at the exhibition DOPE in Seoul, Korea. She is based in Boston, MA, and works as a photo editor and educator. Her work can be viewed at

Artist Statement: For the past four years I have photographed a group of boys as they navigate their adolescence. During this period I have watched as the boys attempt to cross the threshold into adulthood. The photographs I create emphasize the push and pull of their bodies and their mindsets. The subjects still emit the delicacy associated with youth, though simultaneously they fight to be the hard and masculine person they think they should be. As this project has developed, I have asked each boy I have photographed if they have had trouble adjusting themselves to better fit what they understand to be the definition of manhood. Each has admitted that they have struggled with shedding aspects of their youth, mainly having to do with the freedom to express their emotions. As a society we are generally taught to ignore this struggle. This practiced ignorance reinforces the idea that young men must deal with this process on their own. In fact, it is the ability to quietly endure this process that serves as the ultimate marker in the achievement of manhood. By posing the boys in slightly feminine positions, I exacerbate their inner struggle and play with ideas of vulnerability, masculinity, and youth. The images subtly challenge the viewer to acknowledge the inner struggle the boys experience.


Photography Now 2017, juried by William Ewing, is on view at CPW through January 14, 2018. The exhibition features artists Lars Anderson, Sarah Anthony, Ben Arnon, Sandra Jonas Bacchi, John Barnard, Adam Bernard, Emily Berl, Christopher Brown, Tianqiutao Chen, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Orestes Gonzalez, Tamar Granovsky, Alejandro Loureiro Lorenzo, Jeanette May, Zora Murff, Laurie Peek, Ceaphas Stubbs and Ayumi Tanaka.

Image information: Sarah Anthony, Deven in the Snow, 2016

PR: Photography Now 2017

2017 Benefit Auction

CPW Award & Benefit Auction – Start bidding

The photographs for CPW’s 2017 benefit auction are now live on Paddle8. Take a look and start bidding. This year’s selection includes an diverse array of early, modern and contemporary photographers, from James Van Der Zee to Rocio De Alba. The bidding will continue through October 11 at 5pm. The auction will then switch to the benefit event on October 12, 6-9pm, for final bidding via live and silent auction.

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2017 Auction artists include: David Armstrong, Lillian Bassman, Dawoud Bey, Julie Blackmon, Nydia Blas, Gay Block, Margaret Bourke-White, Allen Bryan, Alejandro Cartagena, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Rocio de Alba, Tom DeLooza, Jeremy Dennis, John Dugdale, David Emitt Adams, Gabriel García Róman, Orestes Gonzalez, Kris Graves, Myra Greene, Philippe Halsman, Dave Heath, Tama Hochbaum, Raymond Jacobs, Tomiko Jones, Priya Suresh Kambli, Andre Kertesz, Sergey Kozhemyakin, Sergey Kozhemyakin, Laurie Lambrecht, Elliott Landy, Arthur Leipzig, Leon Levinstein, Danny Lyon, Nathan Lyons, Mary Ellen Mark, Fredrik Marsh, Rebecca Martinez, George McClintock, Anne Arden McDonald, Meryl Meisler, Doug Menuez, Doug Menuez, Joel Meyerowitz, Jeffrey Milstein, Elsa Mora, Daido Moriyama, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Gordon Parks, Jaime Permuth, John Francis Peters, Jose Picayo, Lilo Raymond, Aaron Rezny, Claire Rosen, Sharon Rousseau, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jamel Shabazz, Carla Shapiro, Alan Siegel, Aaron Siskind, Allan Tannenbaum, James Van Der Zee, Claire Warden and Garry Winogrand.

The proceeds from the benefit auction directly impact the lives of artists and sustain a place where great photography is made, discovered, and encouraged. 

Our thanks to our 2017 sponsors: Affirmation Arts, Archival Methods, Empire Merchants North, Howard Greenberg Gallery, La Palapa Cocina Mexicana, Paddle8, Photograph Magazine and Woodstock Framing Gallery.

SAY BOO! A 2017 Halloween Portrait Booth & Fundraiser!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 4-7pm

Have your ghosts and goblins, heroes and villains beautifully photographed by Dion Ogust!

Join us on Tuesday, October 31, 4-7pm during the Woodstock Halloween Parade. No reservations required!

 takes place on the porch of CPW, located at 59 Tinker Street, Woodstock NY.

For a $20 tax deductible donation, your spooky likeness will be emailed to you as a high-resolution digital file,

or for a $35 tax deductible donation you’ll receive a digital file by email, and an 8×10 inkjet print by snailmail!

Proceeds raised at Say Boo! support CPW’s programs including exhibitions, lectures, educational programs, and more!

EXHIBITION: Dion Ogust – Say Boo! Woodstock

October  7 – November 12, 2017
Reception: Saturday, October 7, 5-7pm at Oriole 9

A selection of images from past Halloweens will be on view at Oriole 9, 17 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. All images were taken by local photographer Dion Ogust. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, October 7, 5-7pm. The exhibition is on view through November 12. Can you Say Boo! ?

Woodstock Summer Love 2017

CPW turns 40! Come celebrate with us: July 1-15

July 1: Open House, Print Sale, Book Sale, Tintype Photo Booth
July 15: Birthday Bash. Come celebrate with us. Music, Dance and Cake!! 


The Artist House provides invaluable living and work space for CPW’s artists-in-residence and visiting artists. Built in 1824, the building is known locally as the Henry Mattson house, after the painter who resided there for almost 50 years. The entire attic area opens up into a large, luminous studio space, making the building an artist’s dream come true.

The purchase of CPW’s Artist House has been made possible through the extraordinary generosity from the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, the Thompson Family Foundation, Howard and Ellen Greenberg, Dennis Gatto and his children Greg & Katha, and the generous support from over 100 individual donors. Our sincerest thanks!

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What: Open House for new artist building
When: Saturday, July 1, 1-3pm
Where: 2261 Glasco Turnpike in Woodstock (intersection with Rock City Road)

Please note that parking at the house is reserved as short-term parking for people with disabilities. Please plan to park on Meads Mountain Road or in the municipal parking lot.


Online pre-sale $100 prints


Framed art sale at an unbelievable price of $40 to celebrate CPW’s 40th Anniversary. Come early, because once the work is sold, it is sold. Over 150 photographs by over 60 artists are for sale. The 5×5″ images are matted, framed and ready to hang or give as gifts. This sale will continue until the work is gone or until the Bare Walls Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 15.

What: Art sale of framed photographs
When: July 1-15
Where: CPW, 59 Tinker Street in Woodstock


Artists include: Sarah Anthony, Joan Barker, Winona Barton-Ballentine, Meghan Boilard, Laura Corley Burlton, Neil Chowdhury, Willson Cummer, David Cunningham, Rachel Herman, Alma Leiva, Carlos Loret de Mola, Frank Hamrick, Dave Hebb, Ina Jang, Tomiko Jones, Priya Kambli, Nina Kuo, Laurie Lambrecht, Noritaka Minami, Kevin Miyazaki, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Debbie O’Donnell, Rachel Papo, Jaime Permuth, Miriam Romais, Gabriel García Román, Alyssa Romano, Stan Sagner, Nicolo Sertorio, Carla Shapiro, Jared Thorne, Brian Ulrich, Claire A. Warden, and many more.


Tom DeLooza – Igor, tintype


Get your tintype portrait taken by local artist Tom DeLooza. See this unforgettable, 150-year-old photo process in action, view camera and all, and receive the original tintype in return. $75 per tintype plate or $100 for a membership combo (1 year basic membership + 1 tintype). Portraits are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Come directly to CPW.

What: Tintype photo booth with Tom DeLooza
When: Saturday, July 1, noon to 5pm
Where: CPW, 59 Tinker Street in Woodstock


Terrific buys on books. Browse our sale table. Dawoud Bey, Amy Arbus, Gerald Gaskin, Vincent Cianni, Jeffrey Milstein, and more.  We have some real finds.


Join our closing party on July 15 at 7pm to celebrate what we have accomplished in four decades in the support of artists, including the most recent accomplishments of purchasing the artist house with the help of over 100 individual donations. Two weeks of Woodstock Summer Love culminate in this incredible evening.

Come dance, have cake & raise a glass for CPW’s 40th! Stake your claim on any remaining WSL prints via silent auction & take home some great art. We want bare walls by the end of the night! It’s for a great cause, ensuring photo artists always have a home here in Woodstock. The suggested cover charge is $10. RSVP via Facebook.

What: Birthday Bash to celebrate + dance
When: Saturday, July 15, 7-10pm
Where: CPW, 59 Tinker Street in Woodstock


CPW has served artists for forty years and counting. Please join us in these fundraising events, celebrate our accomplishments, and most importantly, celebrate the continued successes of artists whom CPW’s programs have supported. We are proud of our track record of providing excellent exhibitions, a one-of-a-kind residency program for artists of color, workspaces, member programming and more.

Please consider a WOODSTOCK LOVE DONATION in support of CPW’s programs, and join us on July 1 to share in the festivities.


Our warmest thanks to the foundations, corporations and private supporters who have made these first forty years possible. You have enabled us to present hundreds of exhibitions, collaborate on dozens of large-scale projects, invite 118 Artists-in-Residence, acknowledge almost 90 regional artists through the Photographer’s Fellowship Fund, publish almost 100 issues of our magazine PQ, provide a productive workspace for thousands of artists, and be a center point for art in the Hudson Valley. Now let’s celebrate and let the next forty years commence! Please join us in Woodstock.

Ask the Curators Q&A

“Ask the Curators” Q&A / Mixer / Pizza Party
Friday, May 19 at 7pm 

Join us for a Q&A and Mixer with Curators. In a kick-off for the Woodstock Portfolio Review Weekend, we will be meeting for a casual evening to discuss some of the dos and don’ts when interacting with curators. Want to know what the characteristics of a strong portfolio are, or the preferable format of correspondence to curators? Come to the Q&A. And did we mention PIZZA?

We have a killer line-up of curators at the Q&A: Elizabeth Avedon, Hannah Frieser, Charles Guice and Roger Ricco. More will be in the audience. So ask away!

Tickets to the event are $5 per person. The event is FREE to anybody who is participating in the portfolio reviews.

Announcing 2017 Vision Award Honoree


2017 Vision Award Honoree: Dr. Deborah Willis

CPW Awards & Benefit Auction

Vision AwardThursday, October 12, 2017, 7-9pm, at Affirmation Arts in NYC

CPW is pleased to announce the 2017 CPW Awards & Benefit Auction in a celebration of CPW’s 40th Anniversary. The highly anticipated benefit will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Affirmation Arts (523 West 37th Street, New York, NY). This year’s event honors Dr. Deborah Willis with CPW’s highest recognition, the Vision Award. Proceeds from this event support CPW’s programs, which champion artists through residencies, workspace and other support, and provide opportunities for the photo community to engage with thought-provoking exhibitions, workshops and professional resources.


Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation, contemporary women photographers, and beauty.

She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and an Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. Fellow. She has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture.

Dr. Willis is the author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present; Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty; Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers – 1840 to the Present; Let Your Motto be Resistance – African American Portraits; Family History Memory: Photographs by Deborah Willis; VAN DER ZEE: The Portraits of James Van Der Zee; co-author of The Black Female Body: A Photographic History with Carla Williams; Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery with Barbara Krauthamer; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs (both titles a NAACP Image Award Winner). She lectures widely and has authored many papers and articles on a range of subjects including The Image of the Black in Western Art, Gordon Parks Life Works, Steidl, Volume II; America’s Lens in Double Exposure: Through the African American Lens; “Photographing Between the Lines: Beauty, Politics and the Poetic Vision of Carrie Mae Weems,” in Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography & Video, andMalick Sidibé: The Front of the Back View” in Self: Portraiture and Social Identity. Dr. Willis is editor of Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography; and Black Venus 2010: They Called Her “Hottentot,” which received the Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Edited Volume in Women’s Studies by the Popular Culture/American Culture Association in 2011.

Exhibitions of her art work include: A Sense of Place, Frick, University of Pittsburgh; Regarding Beauty, University of Wisconsin, Interventions in Printmaking: Three Generations of African-American Women, Allentown Museum of Art; A Family Affair, University of South Florida; I am Going to Eatonville, Zora Neale Hurston Museum; Afrique: See you, see me; Progeny: Deborah Willis + Hank Willis Thomas. Gantt Center.

Dr. Willis’ curated exhibitions include: “Convergence,” Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans; “Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty,” Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, “Visualizing Emancipation,” Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, “Gordon Parks: 100 Moments, Schomburg Center; “Posing Beauty Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits” at the International Center of Photography and “Social in Practice: The Art of Collaboration,” Nathan Cummings Foundation.

In addition to making art, writing, and teaching, she has served as a consultant to museums, archives, and educational centers. She has appeared and consulted on media projects including the documentary films such as Through A Lens Darkly, Question Bridge: Black Males, a transmedia project which received the ICP Infinity Award 2015, and American Photography, a PBS Documentary. Since 2006 she has co-organized thematic conferences exploring imaging the black body in the West. Dr. Willis has been elected to the board of the Society for Photographic Education, where she was Chair of the Board and received the Honored Educator Award in 2012 and the College Art Association. She holds honorary degrees from Pratt Institute and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is currently researching a book on an early 20th century portraitist and educator.

photo: Hank Willis Sr.

Please join us at the 2017 CPW Awards & Benefit Auction on October 12, 2017 to celebrate Dr. Willis’ remarkable accomplishments. Tickets to the event are now on sale, starting at $125.

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How to Prepare for Portfolio Reviews


There is no official protocol for Woodstock Portfolio Reviews, but several things we can recommend for portfolio reviews in general:

1] Most reviewers prefer to see prints. The 11×14 – 16×20″ range is best, for portability and to best utilize table space for viewing. If your native prints are smaller than 11×14″, then use the native size. Larger than 11×14 is acceptable, but can be unwieldy. A portfolio box with loose prints is always preferable over a portfolio book with prints behind plastic sleeves.

2] Single-image [“one-off”] portfolios are not recommended, unless that is your standard way of working. If you work serially or project based, then show one or two bodies of work, three maximum. Show about 20-25 images, the best that you have, starting with the strongest work at the top of the pile inside your portfolio box. You want to show consistency and depth of vision. The goal is to show the reviewer who you are as an artist in under 20 minutes.

3] If you cannot create a print portfolio, or if your work is meant to be displayed digitally and not in print form, then create a digital portfolio, in the form of a folder of files or a .pdf or ppt. Don’t just show them your website. You must bring your own display device, and we recommend a laptop or large tablet [do not use your cell phone]. The images should be displayed simply, without text unless it’s part of the piece, and as large and sharp on your device as possible. Also, make sure your device is fully charged at the start of each review; there may not be outlets close enough to every table.

4] Be prepared with a goal for your review, and let your reviewer know just what you would like to get out of the review session right at the start. It can be in the form of a question or two, but be specific because your time is usually quite limited. Also, start showing your images right away, while giving them your elevator speech* and review goals.

5] *Write and memorize your ‘elevator speech.’ One or two sentences that you can use to quickly introduce yourself and your work to your reviewers, and any other potential connections you may meet along the way – but it has to be short enough to say between floors on an elevator, and should be accompanied by your business card. “My name is Johnny Appleseed. I am a photographer and my work depicts the forgotten histories of apple farming in NY State. I create tintypes of legacy varietals of apple trees using a large format camera. Here is my card.”

6] Bring give-aways to leave with each reviewer. A post card, leaflet, or pocket-sized packet with one or two images of the work you are showing them, and your website and contact information on it. The importance of this cannot be stressed enough. This is often how reviewers remember your work, and they can contact you later if they are interested in working with you, or share your info with others they think might be interested in it. A business card with one of your images on it will suffice, but a post card is better.

7] Follow up: Send your reviewer[s] a handwritten thank you note or email. Be sure to include an example of something you talked about during your review, and how you might be implementing their suggestions into your practice. Do not expect a reply: Keep in mind that the reviewer’s responsibility toward you is completed at the end of the review itself. They will contact you if they are interested in your work.

FAQ compiled by CPW Program Manager Jan Nagle. Photographs by David Cunningham.

Looking for more resources? Check out the video “Mary Virginia Swanson: How to get the most out of a portfolio review,” courtesy of PDN.


The 2017 Woodstock Portfolio Reviews take place May 20-21. Please join us. We want to see your work!
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