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Member Spotlight: Paulette Tavormina

Join ASMP NY on Zoom for an hour long conversation: Thomas Werner will be talking with Paulette Tavormina as she shares her work with us.


WHEN: April 7, 2021

TIME: 7pm to 8:30pm, The first hour will be conversation between Thomas Werner and Paulette Tavormina. The remaining 30 minutes is reserved for questions from the audience.




Paulette Tavormina


Paulette Tavormina lives and works in New York City. Amidst the bustle that defines the city, she can often be found at one of the city’s many farmers markets searching for the perfectly imperfect flora that characterize her photographs. Her arrangements often recall the sumptuous detail of seventeenth century Old Master still life painters and serve as intensely personal interpretations of timeless, universal stories. With a painterly perspective reminiscent of Francisco de Zurbarán, Adriaen Coorte and Giovanna Garzoni, Tavormina creates worldly still lives. 


She was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2016. Her monograph book, Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty was published by The Monacelli Press, 2016 and reviewed by The New York Times and Architectural Digest


Tavormina’s photographs are in museum, corporate and private collections and have been exhibited in Paris, London, Moscow, Lugano, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Palm Beach, Boston, Palm Desert and San Francisco. Tavormina also works as a commercial photographer – she has photographed works of art for Sotheby’s, collaborated with The Fabulous Beekman Boys on their three heirloom cookbooks and photographed The Del Posto Cookbook published by Hachette with chef, Mark Ladner.  She has been commissioned by National Geographic Magazine and The New York Times among others.  Previously, Tavormina was a prop and food stylist in Hollywood, her work seen on the silver screen in seven films such as Nixon, The Astronaut’s Wife and The Perfect Storm


Solo Museum Shows

 The Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland, 2016 

Snite Museum of Art at Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana, 2016


Museum Collections

Alimentarium, Musée de l’Alimentation, Vevey, Switzerland

Art in Embassies, US Department of State, Washington D.C.

Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida FL

Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN




Click here to view the complete CV


2017 – Present Thomas Werner Projects, Founder

2020 TWP Creative Edge, Founder

A boutique educational organization focused on helping aspiring students and creatives achieve their education and career goals.

2016 – Present Editor at Large, IRKmagazine, Paris

Editor at Large for IRKmagazine, a Paris based fashion and culture web site and print publication distributed internationally in boutique shops, trend stores and museums. www.irkmagazine.com

2020 Present Thomas Werner Podcast, Available on Apple, Google, Spotify, and Pandora

2012 – Present Career and Portfolio Consulting for Photographers and Artists

2020 Bloomberg News North America, Photographer

2019 Visual Brand Consultant, Vivienne Hu Studio, Fashion Design

1987 – 2016 Thomas Werner Images, Photographer/Owner; Commercial and Fine Art Photography

2016 Announcement, CISM International Winter Games, Sochi, Russia

Recorded the message welcoming Team Switzerland as they entered the stadium

2013 – 2104 United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, UNESCO, Media and Information Literacy

Managed a team to concept and build a web site and resource center developed to host and support the UNESCO Media and Literacy Curriculum for Teachers in English, Spanish, French, Arabic and Russian.

2001 – 2011 Thomas Werner Gallery, Owner, Director

Chelsea Arts District Manhattan, Owner/Director

2005 – 2006 Photography/Visual Consultant to Reed Krakoff, President and Designer, COACH

2005 Rodale Publishing

A full day meeting at the Pennsylvania headquarters that included discussions regarding the

reformulation of photographer’s contracts, advising negotiations with leading stock photography

agencies, and licensing models for a proposed image database.

2005 Technical Director, Samsung

Technical and on set director for 3D interactive installation developed for Samsung at the Warner

Center Flagship Store in New York.


2019 Contracted to Write a Book on Fine Art Photography for Routledge Press

The completed text to be delivered to the publisher in January 2021

2018 “The Fashion Image”. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2018. Print.

Text book on contemporary fashion photography and film addressing; professional practices; creative teams; audience and marketplace; the development and implementation of a visual style as a photographer and for corporate brands; the function of fashion imagery in social, moral, economic contexts; the interpretation of fashion imagery as it moves into diverse cultural contexts via multiple channels of distribution. Released in the United States and United Kingdom, January 2018.


April 7
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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