Los Angeles, California, USA
Photo artist Jean Ferro began her career
in the visual arts in Hollywood in mid 1970s, shooting personalities
while building a classic library of self-portraits. Following the guidance
of mentors, Don Peterson and Antonin Kratochvil, Jean learned all aspects
of the camera as well as photojournalism and fine art. Throughout the
'80s, Ferro's fine-art self-portraits (1974-present) received international
recognition from magazines such as ZOOM magazine (1985 - 8 pgs.,
1988 - 6 pgs.) and French Photo, along with US national TV magazine
shows for CBS and ABC TV networks. The 1989 Women In Photography New Photographers
Lecture Series presented "Jean Ferro's Eye To Eye, the Art of Self-Portraiture.
"In 1990, Ferro's "Statue
of Liberty" project marked her transition from fifteen years
of traditional photography into "Photo Art," mixing various
mediums. A 1992/93 City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs award enabled
Ferro to create "Through
Our Own Eyes, Self Portraits by People Without Homes," a compelling
30-minute photo/video documentary of Los Angeles' homeless community.
In 1996, Global Liberty, her photo-based mixed media work
using international newspapers from 42 countries, was exhibited at the
Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles City Hall.
Fine art photographer Edmund Teske was quoted as saying, "...Your
show Jean Ferro!--is the essence of Walt Whitman and Edward Steichen's
great show 'Family of Man.'" Her portfolios include: Film,
Music and Artist portraits, 1975-present including David Bowie, Ringo
Starr, Reba MacEntire, Arianna Huffington, Larry Gelbart, Eric Etebari,
Tony Berlant, artists, Rene Petropolis and many others; "Hollywood"
1974-Present, Los Angeles 1974-present, El Centro 1974-1981, Valentino
Pl. 1981-1990, Rossmore Ave. 1990-2003, Studios, Paris Street Series
1974; Satin Slips (including The Green Slip) 1975-1988;
Italian Series (including Bomarzo and Olympic
Stadium), 1983; American Flag1980-present, including
Memorial Day Forever Sad the Heart; Trees 1980-present;
Bucks County, PA, 1960-present.
Ferro has been commissioned by Paramount Studios, Southern California
Regional Rail Authority, Capitol Records and DreamWorks, SKG. Editorial
clients include Los Angeles Magazine, Southern Calif. Edison, Pacific
Bell and others. Ferro's work is a growing body of images that shoot straight
from the heart. Her journalistic style of movement and spontaneity is
evident in the book "Los Angeles, City of Dreams by Tower
April of 2000-2009, Jean accepted the position of President of Women
In Photography International the non-profit online resource center
for women photographers worldwide. Her role was to revive the organization,
originally founded in 1981, with the goal of promoting the visibility
of women photographers and their work.