Detroit, Michigan, United States
|Residence||Hudson Valley, New York, United States|
|Alma mater||Antioch College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Occupation||photographer, professor at Duke University|
Wendy Ewald was born in Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Abbot Academy in 1969 and attended Antioch College between 1969–74, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied photography with Minor White. She embarked on a career teaching photography to children and young people internationally. In 1969 & 1970, she taught photography to Innu and Mi'kmaq Native-American children in Canada. Between 1976–80 she taught photography and film-making to students in Whitesburg, Kentucky, in association with Appalshop, a media co-op. In 1982, she traveled to Ráquira, Colombia, on a Fulbright fellowship working with children and community groups; spending a further two years in Gujarat, India. Ewald is married to Tom McDonough, a writer and cinematographer. They live in the Hudson Valley of New York with their son, Michael.
Her work is directed toward "helping children to see" and using the "camera as a tool for expression". In recent years, Ewald has produced a number of conceptual installations—for example, in Margate, England, and in Amherst, Massachusetts—making use of large-scale photographic banners. Ewald was one of the founders of the Half Moon Photography Workshop in the East End of London; and in 1989 she created the "Literacy through Photography" programmes in Houston, Texas, and Durham, North Carolina. In 1992, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.
She is currently senior research associate at the Center for International Studies at Duke University, visiting artist at Amherst College and director of the Literacy through Photography International program and artist in residence at the Duke University Center for International Studies.
In 2012, Ewald, along with Elizabeth Barret, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts - Photography. For the Fellowship, they collaborated on a multimedia project called, Portraits and Dreams: A Revisitation. The project is a sequel to their previous book, Portraits and Dreams. Published in 1985, this book is a collection of photographs and writings that focused on students Ewald taught in the Appalachian mountains. The Fellows reengaged with these former students, now in their forties, to curate photographs, objects, and audiovisual materials related to those years, as well as create new materials for their installation.
In 2011, Ewald coordinated a project in Israel and also visited the West Bank. She gave cameras to owners of stalls and stores at the Mahane Yehuda marketplace in Jerusalem, Arab women and Romanis in Jerusalem's Old City, schoolchildren in Nazareth, residents of Hebron, Negev Bedouin and high-tech employees in Tel Aviv. This was Ewald's first attempt to document an entire country, and the first use of digital cameras and color photography in her international projects.
- Appalachia: A Self-Portrait (Edited) Foreword by Robert Coles, Text by Loyal Jones, (Frankfort, KY: Gnomon Press for Appalshop, 1979)
- Appalachian Women: Three Generations (Whitesburg, KY: Appalshop, 1981)
- Retrato de un Pueblo (Bogotá, Colombia: Museo de Arte Moderno, 1983).
- Portraits and Dreams: Photographs and Stories by Children of the Appalachians, with an introduction by Robert Coles, afterword by Ben Lifson, (New York: Writers and Readers Publications, Inc., 1985)
- Magic Eyes: Scenes from an Andean Girlhood from stories told by Alicia Ewald and María Vásquez, photographs by Wendy Ewald and children of Ráquira (Seattle, WA: Bay Press, 1992)
- I Dreamed I Had a Girl in My Pocket: The Story of an Indian Village with stories and photographs by the children of Vichya, India (New York: Doubletake Books and W.W.Norton,1996)
- Secret Games: Collaborative Works with Children 1969-1999 (Zurich; NewYork: Scalo, 2000)
- I Wanna Take Me A Picture: Teaching Photography and Writing To Children (Boston; Beacon Press, 2001)
- American Alphabets (Zurich; New York: Scalo, 2005)
- The Best Part of Me, Children talk about their bodies in pictures and words (Boston; New York; London: Little, Brown and Company, 2002) ISBN 0-316-70306-0
- In Peace and Harmony: Carver Portraits, Hand Workshop (Virginia: Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 2006)
- Towards A Promised Land (Göttingen: Steidl, 2006) ISBN 978-3-86521-287-0
- Who Am I In This Picture: Amherst College Portraits. Amherst: Amherst College Press. 2009. ISBN 978-0-943184-13-5.
Her photographs have also appeared in DoubleTake, Psychology Today, Aperture, Art in America, Harper's, Creative Camera, Camerawork, and Time-Life magazines.
- Thomas Frick, Wendy Ewald at Clarence Kennedy, Art in America (July 1986), 127, 129.
- Taylor Holliday, Children's photos at Whitney Biennial: 1997 Whitney Biennial exhibition features collaborative work by photographer Wendy Ewald and child photographers from around the world, Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, March 14, 1997, A20.
- Charles Hagen, Wendy Ewald: exhibition of photographs at the James Danzinger Gallery, New York, New York, New York Times, Friday, June 10, 1994, C18.
- Caitlin Kelly, Magic Eyes: Scenes from an Andean Childhood, New York Times Book Review, Sunday, November 29, 1992.
- Barbara Mujica, Magic Eyes: Scenes from an Andean Girlhood, Americas, English Edition, vol. 45, no. 5 (September–October, 1993), 60-61.
- "Duke UniversityCenter for International Studies"
- Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
- Literacy Through Photography at Duke University
- Literacy Through Photography
- Wendy Ewald Literacy Through Photography blog
- List of exhibitions (Photography Now)
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow