DPI Chair Dr. Deborah Willis receives CPW Vision Award

Friday, Oct 13, 2017

A woman delivering a speech at a podium.

Sarah Lewis presents CPW Vision Award to Dr. Deborah Willis. Photo by Terrence Jennings

Dr. Deborah Willis, chair of the Tisch Department of Photography & Imaging, was recently honored by the Center for Photography at Woodstock at their 40th Anniversary Benefit Auction.

Dr. Willis recieved the 2017 Vision Award, CPW's highest honor, in recognition of "her outstanding dedication and service to the field as an advocate, artist, writer, curator and educator. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation, contemporary women photographers and beauty. She is the recipient of awards, such as the prestigious MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships. Her books include Envisioning Emancipation, and other notable projects such as The Black Female Body A Photographic History, Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers – 1840 to the Present, Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs.".