Joyce Culver is a portrait and documentary photographer, and a college teacher, living in NYC. She holds a B.S. in Art from SUNY College at Buffalo, the Institute delʼArte Siena, Italy, and an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Culver made her professional debut in the book and exhibition, "The New Color Photography" in 1977 with her color studies of objects in the landscape titled "The Secret Soul of Things". Her portraits of lesbian and gay couples explore power and dialog in relationships, acknowledging how love and commitment might look in this community in the 1980's and 90's. In the work "A Change of Mind" she explored her feelings about her father's late onset Alzheimer's disease and the consequences on her mother and her family. Her commercial work of on-stage and candid "green room" portraits of celebrities,shot exclusively for the 92Y for over 15 years capture creative talent in revealing moments of character. Culver's portrait profiles lead each chapter of selected 18 fashion designers who discuss their careers in the 2015 book "Fashion Icons" published by Rizzoli.
Currently, Joyce is working on a portfolio and book, "The Lulu Diaries", about her beloved pet Lulu, a Senegal parrot who in 2014 flew away after 17 years of companionship. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Amon Carter Museum, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, MOMA, and in numerous private collections. She has received artist grants from the New York Foundation of the Arts to support her projects. Publications include: The Arc of Love, Butch/Femme, Exploring Color Photography, Forbes, Fortune, Newsday, New York, The New York Times, Art News. Clients include: The 92nd Street Y, Businessweek, Stem Cell Foundation, Allen & Co., The Jewish Theological Seminary, The New York Times, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Cornell University and others. Group and one-person exhibitions include: Albuquerque Museum of Art, National Portrait Gallery, White Columns, Everson Museum of Art, and the International Center of Photography, among others. Culver has been teaching undergraduate classes at the School of Visual Arts and at Nassau Community College for over 30 years.
Malala at the 92Y NYC 2013