Ellen Galinsky is President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute in New York City, a non-profit organization conducting research on the changing family, changing workforce and changing community. She is an ardent photographer. For more than three decades, her photographs have traced the process of change, as nature reclaims what’s left of human creation—the tenacity and triumph of nature to invade walls, to crack even the strongest of structures, and ultimately, to make its own creations out of ours.
Most recently, she has been photographing inside-out reflections along Route 66—looking inside crumbling buildings to capture the highway’s iconic history, and simultaneously catching reflections of modern life along this mostly still vibrant route. Displayed in light panels that replicate the vibrancy of these scenes, she is midway through this odyssey, traveling thus far from Missouri through New Mexico.
She had her first major photography exhibit in Charleston, WV, her hometown, at the Charleston Art Gallery in 1970. Later, she was chosen for a solo exhibition at the SOHO Foundation-Alfred Stieglitz Gallery in 1975, followed by an exhibit at Bank Street College in 1979. The Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY presented her solo exhibition in 2003 as did the UMA Gallery, New York City in 2005 and 2007. She also had a solo exhibit at the New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY in 2006 and at RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, NY in 2008. She has exhibited in numerous group shows, including Hopper House in Nyack, NY; Imaging Arts in Tappan, NY; Outside In Gallery in Piermont, NY; and GaGa in Rockland County, NY. She has been included in the Upstream Gallery shows in Dobbs Ferry, NY in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012; Blue Hills Plaza in Orangeburg, NY in 2011 with the show traveling to the New York Hall of Science in 2012; and the Blue Door Gallery in Yonkers, NY in 2012, with the show traveling to Hastings on Hudson, NY. In 2013, she has exhibited in the Blue Door Gallery, the Upstream Gallery, the Outside In Gallery and the Blue Hills Plaza.
Ellen Galinsky is the author of more than 45 books and reports, many of which are illustrated with her photographs, including The New Extended Family (1977), The Preschool Years (1988), and the groundbreaking Ask the Children (1999), selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best work life books of 1999. Among the reports that feature her photographs are Youth and Employment: Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Workforce (2001), Youth and Violence: Students Speak Out for a More Civil Society (2002), and Navigating Work and Family: Hands-on Advice for Working Parents (2002).
Ellen Galinsky is also the author and photographer of several children’s books: Catbird (1971) and The Baby Cardinal (1977). She was included in the historic book of photographs, Women See Woman (1976). Her photographs were displayed at The White House Conference on Early Learning (1997).
Galinsky’s father, a very accomplished photographer, helped her learn to see the world as a photographer would. Throughout her life, she has retained the vision he inspired.