About the Vision Award :
Each year, the Center for Photography at Woodstock recognizes an outstanding figure in the photography community with the Vision Award. Established in 2004, past honorees have included Sandra S. Phillips, Willis E. Hartshorn, Fred Baldwin & Wendy Watriss, the photo agency VII, W.M. Hunt, Lilo Raymond, Neil C. Trager, Kenro Izu, Howard Greenberg, John Dugdale, and Colleen & Kathleen Kenyon.
2014 Honoree Kathy Ryan, the Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine, has been a pioneer at combining fine art photography and photojournalism in the pages of the Magazine.
She has worked with the publication for more than 25 years; in that time, the Magazine has been recognized with numerous photography awards. In fall 2011, a book edited by Ryan titled "The New York Times Magazine Photographs", was published by Aperture. A traveling exhibition of photographs from the book, co-curated by Ryan, opened at the Rencontres d’Arles in July 2011, then went to Foam Museum in Amsterdam in spring 2012, and the Palau Robert in Barcelona in fall 2012. Ryan received the 1997 Picture Editor of the Year Award at the Visa pour l’Image photojournalism festival; a Lucie Award for Picture Editor of the Year in 2003; and a lifetime achievement award from the Griffin Photography Museum.
In 2010, the Magazine won its first Emmy for a series of videos, produced by Ryan and the Magazine’s visual team, featuring renowned actors. In fall 2013 she curated the 1/1 Aperture benefit and auction. In June 2011 she co-curated the LOOK3 photography festival in Charlottesville, VA, with Scott Thode. In 2008 she was a co-curator of the inaugural New York Photo Festival, and in the following year organized the exhibitions "Prune: Abstracting Reality" for FOAM Museum in Amsterdam and "Dutch Seen" for the Museum of the City of New York and FOAM.
Last fall, Ryan co-curated the School of Visual Arts Alumni exhibition, Myths & Realities, with Scott Thode. Ryan lectures and has served on many photo juries. In spring 2012 she gave the Karsh Lecture in Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. She serves as a mentor and thesis adviser at New York’s School of Visual Arts. In 2015 she and Thode will again curate the LOOK3 Festival.
Ryan is having lots of fun these days posting pictures of life at The New York Times Magazine on Instagram. A book, published by Aperture, was released in October 2014.