Monk in Nebraska by Penny Wolin, ©1985, Chromogenic Color Print, 16×20, Photographed for LIFE Magazine
Jackson Hole by Penny Wolin, ©2000, Gelatin-Silver Print, 16×20
Judy Dater by Penny Wolin, ©2009, Gelatin-Silver Print, 16×20
Nice Jewish Butch by Penny Wolin, ©2004, Gelatin-Silver Print, 16×20
Family Values by Penny Wolin, ©2007, Gelatin-Silver Print, 16×20
Penny Diane Wolin was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 5, 1953. Her first professional photography assignment was in her viewfinder at age 16, covering the world’s largest rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days. When the dust settled and the man-against-beast contest of the West was properly portrayed, a visual arts career was born.
Wolin then moved to Los Angeles to create wry and insightful portraiture in the fields of entertainment, editorial, advertising and documentary photography. Wolin has exhibited solo at the Smithsonian Institution, worked extensively for Conde Nast and Time-Warner magazines, and created advertising illustrations for top agencies and wineries, such as YNR Advertising and Peter Michael Winery.
As the recipient of multiple grants for documentary photography from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, Wolin has used a camera and tape recorder to document varying cultures in the American West.
Her project detailing the changing culture of the cowboy in the midst of a full-scale energy development boom is held in the permanent collection of the American History Museum in Washington, D.C.
Her seminal project “The Jews of Wyoming; Fringe of the Diaspora,” has exhibited solo at the Smithsonian Institution and continues to travel to museums throughout America. The book of the same title is published by Crazy Woman Creek Press (©2000).
Currently Wolin is photographing “American Photographers of Jewish Ancestry: A Visual and Verbal Dialogue With Jewish America .” This revealing body of work continues her research into the modern golden age of Jewish civilization.
Her modern prints are represented in Los Angeles by G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, while the vintage editions are supervised from Wolin’s own studio.
Penny Wolin is a graduate of Art Center College of Design, a directing fellow of the American Film Institute and attended the UCLA graduate program in visual anthropology. Her current education includes working in modern digital technology, while continuing to use the finest traditional gelatin-silver methods available.
In true peripatetic style, Wolin divides her time between the north and south of California, and of course, Manhattan. She shares a small farm in Sebastopol with 12 chickens, two beehives, one not-so-feral cat and an elegant and loyal standard poodle.