Westbeth and the West Village is a photographer’s paradise. These photos are a summary of my life here and includes photos of festivals, ordinary life, portraits of the staff and views from my apartment window.
I wish living here happened earlier in my photo life 40 years , but I am very lucky to live here
Judy lawne A BRIEF STORY OF
40 YEARS AS FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER.
I’m a native New Yorker. From the time I started in photography which was the mid 70s I worked and also lived both New York and S. California. I’m now permanently based in New York and also have had shows of my work in both New York & S. California.
In the mid 70’s I was in California and I started by assisting Albert Watson.
Shared O.Winston Links studio and he taught me black and white printing. I started being a bi-coastal photographer.
AT FIRST MY WORK was a Contributing photographer for Ladies Home Journal & Good Housekeeping. Fashion for L’OFFICIAL U.S.A. Then annual reports, and portraiture. Authors Portraits For their novels and in California Portraits of celebrities and talent in NY and California for William Morris AGENCY
Photographed the only ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN for Rockefeller Center. Mid 90s my client at Louis Vuitton asked me to document their Centennial at the Mercer Hotel in NY … that was my first event documentation and opened a new world of event photography, both NY & Calif. From LINCOLN CENTER NY, MUSEUMS, FRAGRANCE AWARDS and other MAJOR NY EVENTS to the MUSIC CENTER IN L.A. THE SHRINE, ACADEMY AWARDS & SAG AWARDS
In NY 9/11/01 and the Salvation Army asked if I photo day 2 -5 they would leave credentials for me to go to GROUND ZERO. can only pray it’ll never happen again.
MY PERSONAL WORK is nature from the beaches along the Calif. Coast TREES, OCEAN, MOUNTAINS, to Martha’s Vineyard and along the West Side of New York.
Modern Dance companies BALLET HISPANICO N.Y & LULU WASHINGTON L.A. is my photo passion too. Do miss my darkroom but now shooting digital and my computer is the new darkroom. Teaching photography on and off for years to young people after school and mentally challenged people also at risk people young & old.
It’s very rewarding and it feels that I learn more from them than I give.
Photography is a way of life and a great passion … The photograph “SHOWS A MOMENT OF TIME NO OTHER MEDIUM CAN CAPTURE”.
Yes, I’m very fortunate to have followed my passion and dreams regardless of the roller coaster ride the freelance world can produce. It’s worth it.