have had a camera in the near proximity of my eye since age 10. It is
the irrevocable license to ask questions and verify the answers in an
indelible image. Though I have joyfully moved through many different
careers in celebrity portraiture, filmmaking and exaltation of the
venerable grape, it is always my documentary photography that grounds
me throughout the vagaries of fashion and time."
Penny has created insightful portraiture in the fields of
entertainment, editorial, advertising and documentary photography.
Documenting varying cultures in the American West, she worked
extensively for Conde Nast and Time-Warner magazines and was
the recipient of multiple grants for documentary photography from the
National Endowment for the Humanities and Arts. Her project detailing
the life of the cowboy in the midst of full-scale energy development is
held in the permanent collection of the American History Museum in
Continuing her research into Jewish culture in America, Penny is photographing two projects, The Camera and The Jewish Eye: An Exploration of Jewish Involvement in the Art of Photography, and Jewish California: Ancestry and Achievement in the Golden State.