Mary Ann Lynch, born Mary Ann Bruchac, "bought" her first camera with Popsickle wrappers when she was ten, a country kid ordering things by mail in Greenfield Center, New York. Her role model as a photographer was her Uncle Milt in Connecticut, who photographed every family occasion. Like him, Lynch trained her eye on family & daily life. The spirit of place would remain a constant subject as her photographic sensibility matured.
After graduating in English from Cornell University, she married Jack Lynch, the boy back home, and they headed to California. In the midst of student protests & the Black Panthers, the civil rights & anti-war movements, hippies, the first Human Be-In & psychedelic everything, she sharpened her political and creative skills, campaigned for Bobby Kennedy, and completed a Master's in English at the University of California at Berkeley.
Opting for teaching instead of a doctorate, she took a job teaching English at the University of Hawaii, arriving there in 1968--just nine years after statehood. There followed an explosive decade with Lynch teaching and working in photography, film, media, and as a writer. And then it was time to move back East to Greenfield to raise their two children, Margot and Zack, closer to their extended family.
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The Greenfield years were a time of settling in as well as Lynch's activity on on several fronts: she founded Combinations, a Journal of Photography, became Director of Art Resources Open to Women (Schenectady NY), ran as the endorsed Democratic candidate for the NYS 108th Assembly District (Saratoga County) and subsequently became the first woman director for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in Albany, early on the scene in the field of alternative energy. As Director of Technology Transfer/Communications she was responsible for conceiving and executing major events and outreach activities statewide to publicize and promote the use of renewable energy resources.
In 1982 Lynch began leading a split existence, dividing her time between Greenfield and New York City, while she attended the Graduate Film Program at New York University, receiving her MFA in filmmaking in 1987. During those years she also worked in mainstream publishing as a consultant, and later, worked full time as Senior Editor for DK Books (Dorling Kindersley, as the parent company is known in the UK), moving to Macmillan Books (Simon & Schuster/Viacom), where as Senior Editor she specialized in illustrated books.
Since 1999 Lynch has worked independently, continuing to appear as visiting artist & lecturer and to exhibit, publish, and receive honors and awards for her photography internationally She has reviewed for venues including the Brooklyn Arts Council (BACA), Critical Mass (annually), Hawaii Film Board, PhotoAmericas, SPE Regional and National conferences, and elsewhere. Her photography equipment includes 2 1/4, 35mm analog and digital, vintage Diana plastic cameras, Holgas and other toy cameras.
soon to updated, with listings 1970 to 2011/ or, lists available upon request
Since 1970, Lynch's photographs have appeared in well over 100 exhibits nationally and internationally, from the Hawaiian Islands to the Czech Republic, Japan an Mexico. They are in public and private collections including the International Center for Photography;the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts;the Hawaii State Art Museum; the Honolulu Academy of Art; the Queens Museum of Art, the Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) Research Center; private collections of Mariah Carey, Lucien Clergue, Andre Naggar, John Stevenson and more.
Recent one-person shows
2008-2009 Marilyn Monroe: More Than You Know, TCC Photo Gallery, Longview, Tx. 2005 Forever Marilyn: The Enduring Legacy of Marilyn Monroe, John Stevenson Gallery, NYC 2004Kalapana/A Hawaiian Place, Na Mea Books (Native Books), Honolulu, Hawaii 2003 Kalapana /A Hawaiian Place, Lyman Museum, Hilo, Hawaii 2003Legendary Waters, Open Space Center, Saratoga Springs, NY (two-person show) 2003Legendary Waters, Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa, NY (two-person show) 2001Marilyn Monroe, E-3 Gallery, NYC 2000The Marilyn Monroe Wall of Fame, Bellevue Bar, NYC
Recent group shows
2011Beyond 9/11: Documenting a Decade NYS Museum, Albany, NY Sept 2011- April 2012
2011 Low Tech/High Art Business of Art Centre, Manitou Springs, Colorado, Carol Dass curator
2010 to come
2009 to come
2008Remonstrance: Spiritual Flushing Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY
2008Unrefined Light: Image-Making with Plastic Cameras Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles Missouri, March-May, Juror Michelle Bates 2008Diversity of Devotion, Celebrating New York's Spiritual Harmony, January - April Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, curator Jeny Wozwiak 2007 Depth of Field: A Benefit Exhibition & Auction for En Foco, Calumet Gallery, NYC, Oct-Nov. Curator, Miriam Romais 2007 The Red Show, New Orleans Darkroom, New Orleans, LA. Oct-Nov. Juror, Richard Sexton 2007Snap to Grid: The Unjuried Show, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), Los Angeles, CA. Sept-Oct 2007Undressed:Looking at the Nude, Umbrella Arts, NYC. July. Juror, Harvey Stein 2006Diversity of Devotion,Celebrating New York's Spiritual Harmony, Safe-T-Gallery, DUMBO, Brooklyn NY. August. Juror, Alison Nordstrom, Eli Reed, others
more to come years 2006 backward
Photography in Publications(selected)
American Photographer, Bamboo Ridge, Camera Arts Magazine, Cheese Magazine (Estonia),The Image Continuum, Modern Photography, New Mexico Photographer,Pacific Magazine,PhotoDistrict News, the Hawaii Literary Review, Shots, LightLeaks, and elsewhere; in such books as Barosaurus (DK); Eyewitness Travel Guide New York (DK), Manna-Mana: Artists of Hawaii; National GeographicTraveler New York; Pacific Magazine; Women Artists of America; These Women; Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity (Focal Press, 2006 and 2010); and in publications produced through the General Assistance Center for the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Writing / Editing
As a writer on the arts, popular culture, and travel, Lynch has contributed to many books and publications including Adirondac, Black&White Magazine, Camera Arts Magazine (Senior Editor), Color Magazine, Imago, Honolulu Advertiser, The Image Continuum, National Geographic Traveler, The Insider's Guide to New York State, The Spa City Spectator, Shots, View Camera, and more Lynch is the author of Hawaii: The Land, The Cities, The People (1991, Bantam, o.p.) and The Falcon Guider to Saratoga (1977, o.p.). Lynch edited 100s of books as Senior Editor, specialist in non-fiction and illustrated books, for Dorling Kindersley Books (DK Books) and Macmillan Books.
Filmmaking Lynch earned a Masters in Fine Arts in Filmmaking from New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1987. She has worked on independent films and in the feature film industry. Film resume available.
As an independent filmmaker, she produced and directed the critically acclaimed documentary, Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass (Karista Films, 1987). This look at the life of a popular contemporary poet won awards at the San Francisco Women's Film Festival, Denver International Film Festival (where it premiered), NYU Film Festival (multiple awards), Chicago Film Festival and elsewhere. Formerly distributed by Women Make Movies in NYC, it will soon be for sale in VHS or DVD from this site. A companion volume of poetry edited and published by Lynch (Not Made of Glass, Lyn Lifshin Poems 1968-1989, Combinations Press, 1987, o.p.) is available at this site (see Publishing page).
Hawaii While resident in Hawaii from 1967 to 1976, Lynch taught at the University of Hawaii as a fulltime Instructor in English and introduced the course "Language and the Visual Media," one of the first to address the formal language of film and photography. As a Media Specialist for the General Assistance Center for the Pacific, she produced innovative materials on Hawaii's many ethnic communities. To create a children's reader, (Talofa Means Aloha)she moved in with a Samoan family, photographing their daily life as a participant and developing the story line working closely with the entire family. Life in Camp Seven was created in similar fashion, working with a Filipino family in Waimanalo, Hawaii. Within the Hawaii fine-arts community, Lynch was a founding member of the Image Foundation for Photography, the Hawaii Literary Arts Council, and the Greenfield Film Society; Executive Director of the Hawaii Film Board, the country's first Regional Film Center; a member of Thirteen Women; an advisor in film, photography, and media to the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts; and Director of the statewide Artists-in-the-Schools program in film and media. During this time she began her involvement in the emerging national photography scene, arranging or assisting in the Hawaii visits of such photographers as Robert Heinecken, Cheri Hiser, Paul Caponigro, and Margaretta Mitchell, and filmmakers Haskell Wexler, Conrad Hall, Jill Godmilow, Jimmy Murakami, and many others.She also co-organized visits of writers Robert Bly, W.S.Merwin, and Gary Snyder. New York State Soon after her return to New York State in 1976, in 1977 Lynch founded Combinations, a Journal of Photography (Combinations Press), one of the first independent photography journals. Lynch also served as Executive Director of Art Resources Open to Women (AROW) in Schenectady, NY. In her hometown, Saratoga Springs, she was a founding member of the first Saratoga Arts Council; a consultant to the Frank Sullivan Collection at the Saratoga Historical Society Museum; and the organizer of Friends of the Spa, dedicated to preserving Saratoga's healing waters. As the Democratic candidate for the 108th Asembly District (Saratoga County) in 1978, Lynch placed the need to restore the baths and maintain the waters at the center of her campaign. Activities and publicity surrounding the Friends of the Spa and her campaign helped spur the State of New York to restore the baths within the historic Saratoga Spa While Director of Communications for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority in Albany (1980-1982), Lynch conceived statewide programs and events to promote alternative energy and edited a report on the subject that was adopted in secondary schools throughout the state. Her photographs also appear in numerous state publications. New York CityDuring the 1990s, as full-time Senior Editor at Macmillan Books (Simon & Schuster) and Senior Editor for Dorling Kindersley Publishing (DK Inc), Lynch specialized in illustrated and non-fiction books. For DK she also directed complex photography shoots, including those for the Eyewitness Travel Guide to New York, and dinosaur and dog books. While on the Board and as President of Soho Photo Gallery (NYC) during the 1990's, she produced and curated visiting artist exhibitions and appearances by Eric Renner, Paul Berger, Jindrich Streit (in cooperation with the Czech Center NY), Kathleen Campbell, Annu Matthew, and others. In 1998, she and Sandra Carrion of Soho Photo Gallery initiated the first Krappy Kamera Competition, now a popular annual national competition. In 1998 Lynch founded the Not for Profit Photography Network (NFPN). This showcases through exhibition, lecture, and publication, self-assigned projects by photographers seeking social change, who work hand in hand with the communities they want to help. Two exhibits featuring photographers from throughout the country were held at Soho Photo Gallery. www.sohophotogallery.com
New York University, Masters in Fine Arts in Filmmaking University of California at Berkeley, Masters in English Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Bachelor of Arts in English. Magna Cum Laude Saratoga High, Saratoga Springs, NY, Salutatorian
Photography Workshops Ansel Adams, Nancy Burson, A.D. Coleman, Robert Heinecken, Joan Lyons, Jack Reznicki, Franco Salmoiraghi, Joyce Tenneson, Minor White
Filmmaking AT&T, Brooklyn Arts Council (BACA), Chicago Film Festival, Denver International Film Festival, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Helena Rubenstein Foundation, New York University, Sierra Club
Photography City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Kodak International Pathe, National Endowment for the Arts, National Science Foundation, New Mexico Photographer, New York State Council on the Arts, University of Hawaii ; 2006 Lucie/International Photography Awards 2006 (IPA) Honorable Mention in editorial, professional division, for "Forever Marilyn" ; 2007 Lucie International Photography Awards (IPA): honors in eight categories, professional division, including fine art, collage, editorial, and "Deeper Perspective" ; 2008 Lucie International Photography Awards(IPA): Third Place, professional, architecture/cityscapes for "Mysterious Lights"; nine honors in fine art, collage, editorial, and "Deeper Perspective"
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