Joanna McCarthy Portrait

Joanna McCarthy’s career as an editorial and fine art photographer began in New York where she was a model with the Ford and Wilhelmina agencies, and she was photographed by Irving Penn, Hiro, and Saul Leiter. In the early 1980’s she studied acting with Robert X. Modica at Carnegie Hall.

Joanna quickly gained attention as a photographer when her editorial photographs began appearing in Forbes, New York, Outside, and Popular Photography magazines.

Her photographs were included in the 1984 and 1986 Communication Arts annuals, and in 1986 she received first prize for her photograph in New York State’s “A Day in the Life of America”. In 1987 her photograph of a horse won first prize in Nikon’s Kentucky Derby Museum contest, and she was included in the 1991 American Society of Media Photographer’s “150 Years of Photography” exhibit at the Nikon House Gallery in New York City, where she also had her first ”Retrospective” exhibit in 1994.

Her photograph “Steambath,” was included in the 2008 exhibit All Hot and Bothered at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, New York. And in 2012 one of her photographs received the “Best Photograph” award at Easthampton’s Guild Hall Member’s Show. In 2018 Stony Brook Hospital purchased one of her large prints for its collection and exhibition in its Art Pavilion.

Joanna’s photographs have received numerous awards from the New York Art Director’s Club, and Communication Arts, and her prints have been included in several exhibitions including at the Center of Photography at Woodstock, Nikon House, the Kentucky Derby Museum, and the Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York. Her photographs have been represented by the Image Bank and Getty Images for most of her career.


2023 East End Photographer’s Group exhibition at The Salmagundi Club in New York City.

2021 Long Island Photo Gallery. “Through the Trees,” Awarded First Prize

2020 International Photography Awards (IPA), awarded 3 Honorable Mentions

2019 August, Retrospective at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton, N.Y.

2019 May, Guild Hall Members’ Show, East Hampton, N.Y

2018 December, Photograph chosen for exhibition at Stony Brook Hospital Art Pavilion

2018 May, Guild Hall Members’ Show, East Hampton, N.Y.

2017 July, Exhibit at Watermill Museum, N.Y.

2017 July, Judged show at Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue, N.Y.

2017 January/February, Judged Show Quogue Library Gallery, Quogue, N.Y.

2016 May, Guild Hall Member’s Show

2015 July/August, Exhibition at Watermill Museum, Watermill, N.Y.

2014 July, East End Arts Gallery, Judged Show, in Riverhead, N.Y.

2012 May, Guild Hall Member’s Show, awarded “Best Photograph”

2011 September, Montauk Artist’s Association Photography Show

2009, 2010, 2011. Artist’s Alliance of Easthampton (AAEH) Member Show

2008, Photograph “Steambath” in exhibit All Hot and Bothered at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, NY.

2006 & 2007 Group exhibit at Tulla Booth Gallery in Sag Harbor, N.Y.

1998 Exhibit at Belenky Gallery in New York City.

1996 Coach Gallery, in East Hampton, NY, on “Nature” & “Horses”

1994 Nikon House Gallery, NYC “Retrospective”.

1992 “New Generations” show Elaine Benson gallery in Bridgehampton, N.Y.

1992 Represented Nikon Camera Co. at P.M.A. show, Las Vegas.

1991 Guest speaker, Parsons School of Design.

1991 A.S.M.P. “150 Years of Photography” show at Nikon House.

1990 Communication Arts award (Photography Annual).

1990 Group Show “Women Photographers: New York/Tokyo” at Nikon House Gallery in NYC.

1987 Art Director’s Club Award of Merit

1987 First Prize/Nikon Kentucky Derby Museum contest.

1987 Creativity Art Director’s Award for magazine photography.

1986 & 1984 Communication Arts Photography Annual.

1986 First Prize/NY State “A Day in the Life of America”.

1985 One-Woman Show at The Image Bank/exhibit travelled in the U.S. | 631-537-2566