Lynn Goldsmith's imagery is in numerous collections: The Smithsonian, The Polaroid Collection, The Kodak Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, The Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography, etc. She is a multi-awarded portrait photographer whose work has appeared on and between the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People, Elle, Interview, The New Yorker, etc. Lynn has been on the New York Times best seller list with her book New Kids and has eleven monographs: Rock and Roll, The Police:1978-1983, Bruce Springsteen, The Police, New Kids, Circus Dreams, PhotoDiary, Springsteen: Access All Areas, Flower and The Looking Glass. Lynn's professional achievements are in no way limited to the world of photography. She is the youngest member ever to be inducted into the DGA (Director's Guild of America). In 1971, she was the director of Joshua Television, the First company to do video magnification for rock groups entertaining at large venues. In 1972, she was a director for the first rock show on network television: ABC's "In Concert". In 1973, Lynn directed "We're An American Band", the First music documentary to be released as a theatrical short. In the mid-seventies, Lynn stopped her directing to concentrate more fully on photography. She was the founder of LGI Photo Agency, an organization which represented the work of over two hundred worldwide photographers. Established in 1976, LGI was one of the First agencies to specialize in servicing celebrity portraiture for editorial usage. LGI was sold in 1997 so that Lynn could more fully focus on making images. By the early 80's Lynn departed from the worlds of both photography and film, to become an optic- music artist. Under the name Will Powers, she produced the album "Dancing For Mental Health" on Island Records. Lynn has written songs with recording artists such as Sting, Steve Winwood, Todd Rundgren and Nile Rodgers. Her debut album won critical acclaim and her single, Kissing With Confidence, reached #3 on the British charts. As was her plan, the videos from the album which she produced and directed became more than simply commercials for the album. They were used by the United States Department of Labor to inspire unemployed youths, and by the National Marriage Counsel in England. Will Powers' videos have also been used by Harvard University to help with language instruction, and by other schools throughout the United States for their individual teaching needs. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City has two Will Powers videos in their permanent collection.
1968, Magna Cum Laude, BA English and Psychology, University of Michigan
I’ve collected dolls as long as I can remember. As a little girl in the 1950’s, when given a doll, the first thing I did was undress her. In 1998, I did the same when given the first officially ‘gay’ doll, Billy. What I discovered was an anatomically enhanced figure. Inspired by the fact this was the first politically motivated doll, I decided to make images of him. I began by creating one of a kind outfits which would express something other than the male dolls who promote war and violence. I then worked with LifeBeat in New York and Totem, the creator of the doll, to get a variety of leading fashion names to contribute their talents as well: Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Nicole Miller, Katharine Hamnett, Betsey Johnson, Diesel, Valentino, Perry Ellis, Paul Smith, and Matsuda, among others. The actual dolls were auctioned, raising money and awareness of HIV and the photographs I made of them in these one of a kind designer outfits, I hope will not only raise money, but continue awareness for this devastating disease which still haunts the globe.
2010 The Hagendorn Foundation Gallery, Atlanta Georgia 2010 - Singleton-Bliss Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM 2010 - Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography, Turner Falls, MA 2010 - Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY 2010 - Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, Ft. Collins, CO 2010 - A Gallery for Fine Art, New Orleans, LA 2010 - Morrison Hotel Gallery La Jolla CA 2009 - Jenkins Johnson - New York, NY 2008 - Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography, Turner Falls, MA 2008 - Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY 2008 - Masters Gallery, Denver, CO 2007 - Holden Luntz Palm Beach Contemporary Art Fair, FL 2007 - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Cleveland, OH 2007 - Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2007 - Contessa Gallery, Cleveland, OH 2007 - Frank Picture Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2006 - Morrison Hotel Gallery La Jolla CA 2006 - Morrison Hotel Gallery - New York, NY 2005 - Masters Gallery, Denver, CO 2003 - David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO 2002 - Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL 2002 - Photo Forum Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 2001 - Celebrites Gallery, Lahaina, HI 2000 - Foto Real, Austin, TX 1998 - Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL 1996 - The VH-1 Gallery, New York, NY 1995 - ICP, The International Center of Photography, NY, NY 1995 - The Govinda Gallery, Washington, DC 1994 - Acanthus Gallery, Saugerties, NY