Digital Commonwealth

Nancy Palmieri Collection, 1976-2015

University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Special Collections and University Archives

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The photojournalist Nancy Palmieri (1951-2016) received her BA in journalism at Utica College (1977) and studied at the New England School of Photography before launching a newspaper career. Several years working with the Springfield (Mass.) Union-News and Sunday Republican led to positions with the Daily Ledger (Antioch, Calif.), the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, the Ridgewood (N.J.) News, and the Providence Journal (1989-1991), however in the early 1990s, Palmieri shifted course, becoming a photo editor for the Associated Press in Los Angeles, and for a short time, teaching photography. Relocating to Northampton, Mass., in 1998, she became a successful freelancer, working for prominent clients in new and old media such as the Boston Globe, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times, as well as with local institutions such as Jacob's Pillow, UMass Amherst, and Smith College. Palmieri died of cancer in July 2016. The Palmieri collection consists of negatives (mostly 35mm), 35mm slides, compact disks of digital images, and selected prints representing a cross-section of a photojournalistic career. Arranged chronologically, the collection begins during the period when Palmieri was first emerging as a serious photographer, and includes content from each of her professional positions. In addition to standard news assignments, the content includes photo essays, human interest pieces, and wide-ranging free lance work.

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