Ms. Baronio was trained in art history at Kenyon College in Ohio, graduating in 1974. She went on to receive a master's of fine arts at Yale in 1976. While studying art history and anthropology, she enrolled in a photography course and, much to her surprise, found she preferred making new images to researching existing ones.
Joyce Baronio  Books In the late ''70s Ms. Baronio spent four years photographing sex show performers in her studio on 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, while she was studying under Walker Evans at Yale. Unlike other artists who had emphasized the dark, bleak, tawdry and cheap aspects of these lives, Ms. Baronio removes these women from their dark enclaves, bathing them in the daylight of her empty room. "I simply thought of the performers as people and I wanted to see what would happen if I shot them in bright natural sunlight, literally in a new light."  This series was published in a large-format book entitled 42nd Street Studio which received the Award for Excellence from the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1980.
In 2009 Ms. Baronio won a grant from the New York Council on the Arts to document through images  the impact of gas drilling along the New York/Pennsylvania border.  On May 16th the Sullivan County Historical Society will host a show "Women Speak Out".  Photographics by Ms.Baronio and transcripts by Ellen Bay.

In 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph chose their jacket photograph from 42nd Street Studio series, 1980.


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