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Sylvia Plachy
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Sylvia Plachy

Sylvia Plachy was staff photographer at the Village Voice between 1974-2004, where in the 80’s and 90’s she covered New York culture and politics, national news and also international events traveling to Nicaragua, Kuwait, the Romanian Revolution and the dissolution of the Eastern Block. At various other times she was on staff at New York Magazine, the New Yorker, Metropolis Magazine and a contributor of photo essays, portraits to various magazines. She’s had a column of photographs in the New York Times in 2005.
She was born in Budapest, left Hungary with her parents in the wake of the 1956 Revolution and immigrated to the US in 1958 at age 15. She has a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has had six books published and exhibitions at The Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, Minneapolis Institute of Art, at the Willy Brandt Haus in Berlin at Mai Mano Ház in Budapest, in galleries in China, Tokyo, Paris and Madrid. Her photographs are in the collection of MOMA, in the Queens and Brooklyn Museums, in Houston Museum of Fine Art and in many other collections.
She was a featured photographer at Photo España 2010. Her awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, Page One Award for Journalism, a Lucie and the Dr. Erich Salomon Preis. She received an Infinity Award for her book Unguided Tour, a Golden Light Award for her book Self Portrait with Cows Going Home. Most recently, in 2016 she’s had exhibits in Romania and at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida. She is part of a New York show at the Laurence Miller Gallery closing on February 25th and in a show about Demonstrations at the Bronx Documentary Center closing on March 5th. She’s been teaching an end of term editing workshop at ICP for over a decade.