Joyce Tenneson

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Joyce Tenneson
Born (1945-05-29) May 29, 1945 (age 72)
Nationality American
Known for Photography
Awards ICP Infinity Awards 1989
WIPI Distinguished Photographer Award 1990

Joyce Tenneson (born in Weston, Massachusetts on May 29, 1945) is an American fine art photographer known for her distinctive style of photography, which often involves nude or semi-nude women. Tenneson earned her master's degree in photography from George Washington University after starting as a model for Polaroid. She left her job as a photography professor at 39, and moved from Washington to New York.[1] Tenneson shoots primarily with the Polaroid 20x24 camera. In an interview with a photography magazine, Tenneson advised artists: "I very strongly believe that if you go back to your roots, if you mine that inner territory, you can bring out something that is indelibly you and authentic - like your thumbprint. It's going to have your style because there is no one like you." As a child, her parents worked on the grounds of a convent, which is where she grew up with her two sisters.[2] She and her sister "were enlisted to be in holiday pageants and processions. It was a mysterious environment - something out of Fellini - filled with symbolism, ritual, beauty, and also a disturbing kind of surreal imagery." [3] Tenneson moved from Manhattan to Rockport, Maine in 2004.[2]

Her work has been displayed in more than 100 exhibitions around the world.[4] Tenneson has had cover images on several magazines including Time, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Premiere, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine.


  • Shells: Nature's Exquisite Creations 2011
  • A Life in Photography 2008
  • Intimacy 2004
  • Amazing Men 2004
  • Flower Portraits 2003
  • Wise Women 2002 (Wise Women was the best selling photography book of 2002)
  • Light Warriors 2000
  • Illuminations 1997
  • Transformations 1993
  • Au-Dela 1989
  • Joyce Tenneson Photographs 1984
  • In/Sights 1978


In 1989, Tenneson received the "Infinity" award from the International Center of Photography,[5] and in 1990 received Women in Photography International's "Photographer of the Year" award.[6]

In 2005, Tenneson received the Lucie Award for "Professional Fine Art Photographer of the Year."[7]

In 2012, Tenneson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Professional Photographers of America.[8]


  1. ^ Williams, Val (1993-05-05). "Beauty in Force and Fragility". The Guardian. 
  2. ^ a b Falzano, Rebecca. "The Eye of the Intimist". Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
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  5. ^ ICP Past Award recipients Archived 2007-09-04 at the Wayback Machine.
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  7. ^ Lucie Awards 2005 Honorees Archived 2007-08-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ PPA Press Release Archived 2012-05-09 at the Wayback Machine.

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