Our Mission

PCPP is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the work of photographers. Our goal is to match collections of important work with the institutional homes best suited to maintain them and ensure their accessibility. In that effort, PCPP functions as a source of information and relationships between the creators and custodians of important collections and institutions committed to historic preservation. We also serve as a connection to related professions, from curators, gallerists, and appraisers to archivists, collectors, and experts in fine art photography and photojournalism.

PCPP acts as a good-faith advisor to all parties, an advocate whose sole commitment is to the work and its preservation for scholars, the public, and future generations.

Our Story

Penelope Dixon developed the idea of PCPP after witnessing first-hand, throughout her long and distinguished career in the field of photography, the difficulties that artists and archives face in the maintenance and preservation of large bodies of work. By their very nature, collections of photographers' life's work are living, breathing, often sprawling entities, consisting not only of photographs in various forms but also related materials (ephemera such as letters, notebooks, etc.). Such collections are often left by their creators to friends or family members for whom the issues of archiving, digital storage, physical preservation, and legal ownership can be overwhelming. Meanwhile, the cost in time and money to make a coherent archive of such disparate materials can mount quickly if left unaddressed for even a short period of time. Negatives, contact sheets, and prints, for example, are delicate objects that require precise handling and storage, and born-digital objects are equally subject to degradation without meticulous and redundant backup.

Why We're Here

In August 2016, Penelope Dixon and Karen Gaines founded PCPP to address the urgent task of making sure that these irreplaceable cultural, historical, and educational assets are preserved. In their many years of professional leadership as respected authorities in the field of photography, they have seen a crisis developing that places the future integrity of many important twentieth-century collections in imminent jeopardy. Their foremost goal is to identify this imperiled work and ensure its preservation. 

Our Team

Penelope Dixon, Co-Founder and President

Penelope Dixon has more than 35 years of experience in fine art photography, including positions at the auction houses of Phillips Son & Neale and Argus, Ltd., both in Manhattan. She has lectured, served on the boards of a number of arts and appraisal organizations, and contributed to many books and articles relating to fine art photography. Penelope reviews every appraisal produced by her firm, Penelope Dixon & Associates, and provides valuable oversight to each valuation. She is the author of Photographers of the Farm Security Administration: An Annotated Bibliography.

Karen Gaines, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Karen Gaines is a longtime photo editor who served in that capacity at several of Time Inc. magazines, including People and Time, where she worked closely with the preeminent photojournalists of the mid- to late-twentieth century. She also ran photographic coverage for the official record of President Barack Obama’s 2009 Inauguration and worked with the Smithsonian Institution on its exhibition of those pictures. A graduate of Tufts with a BFA in Photography, she is currently finishing her postgraduate work in information science to better serve PCPP’s mission. She is also certified in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP).

Stephanie Neel, Assistant Director

Stephanie Neel has been working as a photo archivist since she graduated from Pratt Institute's School of Information in May 2015. Since graduating she has interned at the Avedon Foundation; worked as a processing archivist at the Watermill Center; and done freelance research and archival work for galleries, photojournalists, and fashion photographers. She is currently working in the Image Archive at Art + Commerce.
 

Board of Directors

Penelope Dixon

Co-Founder and President
pad@peneloped.com

Karen Gaines

Co-Founder and Executive Director
karenlgaines@yahoo.com       

Nancy Lieberman

Secretary; Managing Director, Howard Greenberg Gallery                                     nancy@howardgreenberg.com

Cat Celebrezze

Director; Creative Collections Studio Consultant, Supercargo Consulting LLC cat@supercargoconsulting.com

Howard Greenberg

Director; Founder, Howard Greenberg Gallery  
howard@howardgreenberg.com

Beth Iskander

Director; Independent Photographs Specialist, Archivist and Advisor                 BBIskander@aol.com

Joel Meyerowitz

Photographer
joel@joelmeyerowitz.com

Peter Mustardo

Director; Co-Founder, The Better Image                                                                 info@thebetterimage.com

Nancy Wolff

Director; Partner, Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
NWolff@cdas.com

Edward Yee

Director; Vice President, Penelope Dixon & Associates, Inc.                                   ed@peneloped.com

FUNDERS

PCPP accepts funding from institutional and private donors, including the Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Howard Greenberg and the Trust of Marvin and Alma Glickman.