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Judith Pishnery; A Variety of Photo Subjects Keeps Her Enthusiasm High
Always artistic, Judith Pishnery was a natural choice to be her high school’s yearbook photographer—an initial foray that resulted in her becoming “hooked” on photography. And, because one of her science teachers also taught photography on the side, “I would hang out in the biology department,” she recalls.
Between her junior and senior year of high school, she sought a special program
to learn all she could about her new passion. Thus, she left the small, coal-mining
town of Tower City, Pennsylvania, where she grew up, and attended a professional
photography school in Atlanta, Georgia, after her high school graduation. She
majored in photography and worked at a commercial photo lab while in college.
“I learned much about what labs can and can’t do for you as a photographer,”
she comments. She also earned a B.A. degree from Thomas Edison State College,
where she specialized in photography.
Eventually she began doing product photography for corporate and high-tech clients. Today, she lives and works in Atlanta, where she does a lot of corporate photography, brochures and executive portraits—“I’ve done quite a bit of work for Southern Bell and Georgia Power.” She also specializes in editorial and advertising photography for nationally known companies, and her fine-art photographs are in many private collections.
Pishnery has taught college-level classes for the past 20 years, including
courses that deal with the business side of photography, which, she points out,
“is an important education a lot of photographers don’t get.”
As a photography professor, she shared her photographic expertise with students
at several colleges and art schools in Atlanta.
Fluent in French, Pishnery advertises her workshops to destinations like Paris and Provence in French journals, some American publications, and on her Website: www.pisconeri.com, which also includes her gallery of diverse imagery. Of France, she says, “I love the country, the people, and the scenery is just magnificent!” She describes her workshops to this country as “A week of photo-filled days and nights.” Upcoming Paris and Provence workshops are slated for March through May, 2003.
These excursions, Pishnery says, stemmed from field trips that she once offered at various colleges to locales such as New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Paris. “Each year, I would organize photo trips to New York to coordinate with Photo Expo East” (an annual photographic trade show on the east coast). This way, students had the opportunity to go to some of the seminars and product displays that this show offered. Pishnery also organized trips to photographer’s studios, agencies, and magazines in the city.
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