Janet Woodcock


The first camera I remember my family having was a Brownie. The square black and white pictures would come back with scalloped edges and bound in a small book. It was like a story. It was a thrill second only to Life magazine arriving in our mail box every week with photographs by all the greats of the time. One day, when I was 17, I entered a camera store in Detroit and spent all the money my Grandmother had left me for my education on a Rolleiflex Twin Lens camera and a 4×5 Beseler enlarger. They were both in the store window and I just couldn’t resist. I wasn’t sure what to do with them and my father wasn’t at all happy with me but I am still using both today, that same enlarger being the only one ever in my darkroom. Some things were just meant to be.

I decided to pursue this passion professionally in 1980 and studied for a year at the Art Institute of Boston and then the following year at the New England School of Photography. I worked for several newspapers, where I learned truly how to make a picture under any circumstance, and then ventured into free-lance assignment work until the mid nineties when I decided to devote all my energy to my own projects.

I am committed to the traditional craft of photography … using film and working in a darkroom making silver prints, which are then toned with various hand-mixed toners. I am still in awe, after all these years, of the power of photography to still a moment and offer proof of existence.


New England School of Photography, Boston, MA
Advanced Photograhic Studies 1981-1982
Graduated May 1982, honors in color

Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
Photographic Studies, 1980-1981

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Undergraduate liberal arts program 1965-1969
Graduated 1969 cum laude

Teaching Experience

1985-2000 New England School of Photography