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Dianora Niccolini, Italian photographer, artist. member Third Eye Gallery, New York City, 1974-1976; Member Women Photographers New York (founder 1974), Biological Photographic Association, International Center Photography, American Society Magazine Photographers, American Society Picture Professionals, Professional Women Photographers (coordinator 1980-1984), Unity Center Practical Christianity.1982, Interfaith, 1995.

Background

Niccolini, Dianora was born on October 3, 1936 in Florence, Italy. Daughter of George and Elaine (Augsbury) N. Student Hunter College, 1955-1962, Art Students League, 1960, Germain School Photography, 1962. B.A magna cum laude, Marymount Manhattan College, 1995.

Medical photographer Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, 1963-1965.

Education

Student, Hunter College, 1955—1982. Student, Art Students League, 1960. Student, Germain School Photography, 1962.

Bachelor magna cum laude, Marymount Manhattan College, 1995.

Career

She was President of Professional Women Photographers (PWP) from 1979 until 1984. Niccolini's work has had multiple gallery showings and has been published in many magazines and over twenty anthologies. In November 2014, Emory University's Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) in Atlanta, Georgia acquired Niccolini's photographs, artwork, and papers.

Although Niccolini's specialty was in photographing the male nude, this was a style relegated to homosexual circles and was considered taboo at the time. In 1975, however, the Third Eye Gallery in New York City gave Niccolini a solo exhibition. The exhibition was titled The Male Nude.

This was the first gallery exhibit of male nudes by anyone, and is thought to have legitimized and de-stigmatized the male nude in the art community. Niccolini went on to be the first president Professional Women Photographers, serving from 1979 to 1984. Under her leadership, Professional Women Photographers became recognized as a leading professional organization for women photographers.

In early 2005, Niccolini began working with Mega Muscle Productions, a publisher of images of male fitness models. In 2011, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, Florida, mounted a solo exhibition of Niccolini's photography. The exhibition, "Celebration of the Body: The Works of Dianora Niccolini," ran from November 17, 2011 through January 8, 2012.

Works

  • book

  • Other Work

    • One-woman shows include 209 Photo Gallery, Top of the Stairs Gallery, Third Eye Gallery, 1974, 1975, 1977, Photographics Unlimited Gallery, New York City, 1981, W. Broadway Gallery, 1981, Camera Club New York, 1982, Overseas Press Club, New York City, 1983, Impulse Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1983, Throckmorton Fine Art Gallery, New York City, 1998, 2001, exhibited in group shows at Photography Over 65, 1978, Jacob Javits Federal Building, 1992, Neikrug Gallery, 1993, Ward-Nasse Gallery, 1996, International Salon, 1996, Curcio-Spector Gallery, 1996, Throckmorton Fine Art, 1997, 2001. Public: portfolios. Author: Women of Vision, 1982, Men in Focus, 1983, Big Fun with Billy, 2001.

      Editor: P. WordPress Times, 1981-1982. Contributor photographs to photograph books. Flashcards, Incorporated, 1988-1990.

      Contributing editor: Functional Photography, 1979-1980, New York Photo District News, 1980.

Membership

Member Third Eye Gallery, New York City, 1974-1976. Member Women Photographers New York (founder 1974), Biological Photographic Association, International Center Photography, American Society Magazine Photographers, American Society Picture Professionals, Professional Women Photographers (coordinator 1980-1984), Unity Center Practical Christianity.1982, Interfaith, 1995.

Connections

father:
George College

mother:
Elaine (Augsbury) N. Student Hunter College