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Meet the May 'Landscapes' judge: Alison Shaw

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  June 4, 2010 01:59 PM

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Alison Shaw
I'm very excited to announce that Alison Shaw, the award-winning Martha's Vineyard photographer whose fine art and editorial photography has been featured in newspapers, magazines, books, catalogs, and even on CD covers, has agreed to judge your photos entered in the May "Landscapes" contest.

Alison moved to the island in 1975 after graduating from Smith College and took a job at the weekly Vineyard Gazette, where she worked as a photographer and graphic designer for nearly 25 years. The island has provided the inspiration and subject matter for much of her color and black-and-white photography.


More than 8,000 of her original fine art prints are in public and private collections. Published books of Alison's work include Raising the Salad Bar by island chef Catharine Walthers (Lake Isle Press 2007), Stone by Design by stonemason Lew French (Gibbs Smith 2005), Vineyard Harvest by Tina Miller (Broadway Books 2005), Finding Martha's Vineyard by island summer resident Jill Nelson (Random House 2005), Vineyard Summer (Little Brown 1994), Remembrance and Light: Images of Martha's Vineyard (Harvard Common Press 1984), and a children's book of poetry Until I Saw the Sea (Henry Holt 1995). You can read more about these books here.

Alison's work appears regularly in Yankee Magazine, Martha's Vineyard Magazine, and Cape Cod Life. She teaches photography workshops in Venice, Maine, Nova Scotia, Santa Fe and on Martha's Vineyard for the Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Workshops, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and the Alison Shaw Workshops.

Alison works with her long-time partner Sue Dawson, who is also a partner in Alison Shaw Photography, the director of the Alison Shaw Gallery, and the designer of Alison's books and other publications. Claire Cain manages the studio and does all of Alison's fine art printing.

Alison Shaw Photography and Gallery is located in an old single-engine firehouse at 88 Dukes County Avenue in the heart of the Oak Bluffs Arts District.

As soon as I work out the judging schedule with Alison, I'll let you know what it is.

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