Holly Smith Pedlosky

Manifold Laundry



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Holly Smith Pedlosky is an artist-photographer who teaches photography, the history of photography, and digital imaging at the Lesley Seminars at Lesley University, (formerly Radcliffe Seminars at Harvard University). At Radcliffe in 1997 she founded Photography Atelier, a workshop for emerging photographic artists. Holly and Karen Davis together reinvented Photography Atelier in 2001, and they now co-teach it at Lesley Seminars in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Photography Atelier is a unique course, combining workshops and critiques with looks at significant past and contemporary photography.

Holly has been teaching intensive photo workshops in Italy (in Venice, and on Lake Como) since 1985, and since 1993 she has been offering intensive summer photography courses in Italy for the International Center of Photography, which is based in New York City.

Holly graduated with a BA from Radcliffe College at Harvard University where she studied art history. She got an MA in urban planning from the University of Colorado. Moving to Chicago, she then changed fields and devoted her professional energies to photography. She completed an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied with Generative Systems founder and artist, Sonia Landy Sheridan.

Holly has lived for two years and many summers in Venice Italy. In 1994-95 she won a Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation Fellowship to photograph laundry on islands in the Venetian Lagoon and the casalinghe, (traditional Italian housewives), who hang it. She photographs these Sibylline older Venetian women, their art of hanging laundry, and the language of suspended cloth in Venetian life and art. She is also researching the themes of eros and generativity in the work of the 19th century pioneer photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

Holly shoots traditional color slides, and she prints her work digitally; she has an international exhibition record. She has exhibited her work at galleries and museums in Boston, Chicago, Venice, Italy, and on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where she lives.

Holly’s website (www.arts-cape.com/hollypedlosky) shows some of her photographs and offers information on the photography workshops she teaches.