LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph

About Sylvia Plachy

Do you have an engaging question for world-renowned photographer Sylvia Plachy about her work? Melissa Harris, Editor of Aperture magazine (and two of Plachy’s books, Self Portrait with Cows Going Home and Goings on About Town), will interview Plachy for the 2009 LOOK3 Festival’s INsight conversation series and wants to open the forum to questions from around the world. Don’t miss this opportunity to understand and further connect with Plachy’s photographic vision. Submit a question, including your name and location, by Monday, June 1, 2009. We are looking for questions that delve beyond technical matters, exploring issues of creativity, storytelling, subject, sensibility, and inspiration. Selected questions will be asked during the interview, which will be transcribed and viewable online at www.look3.org/events/sylvia-plachy after July 8, 2009. Send questions to: asksylvia@look3.org



“She makes me laugh and she breaks my heart. She is moral. She is everything a photographer should be.”
– Richard Avedon, photographer

Sylvia Plachy immigrated to the United States from Hungary with her parents in 1958, and started photographing in 1964. Her evocative photography is acclaimed as diverse, surprising, and humorous, transforming the elusive into the poetic.

“In a Photograph, you cannot peel back the shades of gray; below the emulsion is whiteness: the alchemy is in the coating.” – Sylvia Plachy

Although perhaps best known for pictures in the Village Voice, her work has appeared in over 50 major publications. In the forward to her book “Signs and Relics” (The Monacelli Press, 1999), filmmaker Wim Wenders writes “It showed me that photographs can do all sorts of things that I never thought of.”

Other books include “Unguided Tour”  (Aperture, 1990), for which she won an ICP Infinity Award, “Self Portrait with Cows Going Home” (Aperture, 2004), which won a Golden Light Award, and “Red Light”(Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1996), a groundbreaking work on the sex industry. Andre Kertesz, her mentor and compatriot said of her work, “I have never seen the moment sensed and caught on film with more intimacy and humanity.”

Sylvia Plachy has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a CAPS Grant. She has exhibited internationally and her work is in multiple collections including MOMA NY and SF, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Bibliotheque Nationale.