Sylvia Plachy “Dancing with ghosts”


Sylvia Plachy was born in Budapest and lives in New York City. She has worked as an observer and photographer since receiving her BFA from Pratt Institute. Her weekly column in the Village Voice, which was a photo without a caption on the contents page, evolved into her first book Unguided Tour, 1990 and won an ICP Infinity award. Her book, Self Portrait with Cows Going Home, a personal history of Eastern Europe with text and photographs, received a Golden Light Award in 2004. Sylvia’s other books are: Red Light with writer James Ridgeway which explores the sex industry, Signs & Relics, originally a monthly photo essay in Metropolis magazine, Goings On About Town based on photographs featured in The New Yorker and Out of the Corner of My Eye, a catalog unveiled at Photo España in Madrid in 2007. She is exhibited around the world and has worked for magazines such as Grand Street, Granta, Art Forum, Fortune Magazine, Wired and The New Yorker among others. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a CAP’s recipient, has won the Page One Award from Columbia School of Journalism for a photo essay on Three Mile Island and has a Lucie, awarded by the WIPI. She was a Legacy Photographer at Look3 festival in Charlottesville Virginia in 2009, and in April 2013 she was an ACP Icons speaker in Austin.  In February 2010 she was given the prestigious Dr. Erich Salomon award for lifetime achievement in photojournalism and an Alumni Achievement Award  from Pratt in 2012. She will be having a show at the Blanca Berlin Gallery in Madrid opening on September 18th and another show at Espaces54 in Paris on November 6th. This is Sylvia’s third workshop in Maine in recent years.