Joyce Tenneson
Joyce Tenneson
"Kodak has been an important part of my photographic life - they have always given me their new film to test, and I have used their products in my workshops internationally. We've always had a very pleasant professional relationship. I admire the fact that Kodak has a continuing commitment to education, something which is very important to me as well. They sponsor a series of lectures by photographers at art and photo schools nationally to inspire the younger students. This is something that is really important, it is a commitment to the future generation of creativity. Kodak has been a real partner with me in this mutual interest. "
-- Joyce Tenneson

In this latest edition of Legends Online, PDN and Kodak Professional present a gallery of 22 compelling portraits from celebrated photographer Joyce Tenneson's most recent book,

To find this book
Light Warriors [Bulfinch Press, 2000]. With this series of images, Tenneson continues her journey to find her own deeper essence by documenting the quest of other spiritual warriors, all of whom she describes as friends who arrived from many directions. "These women, whose ages range from 20 to 50, are from many different countries and cultures. To me they are pilgrims—they express emotions or dimensions that surround us at different stages in life."

Tenneson has always been fascinated by the workings of the female psyche, a theme which has been the driving force behind most of her photography for the past 25 years, and continues to dominate her current work, particularly Light Warriors. Our site offers an easy-to-navigate look at the images from Tenneson's latest book in a Gallery section, as well as a brief Biography of the artist, an Interview which features examples of some of Tenneson's assignment work, and Video Clips of Tenneson discussing some of the women highlighted in Light Warriors, all of whom Tenneson says were chosen for their inner power and radiance. To see more of Joyce's work, please visit her website at To learn more about The Light Warriors Mentoring Program, please visit

Notice: All of the photographs displayed on this site are © Joyce Tenneson. You may not sell, publish,license or otherwise distribute any of these photographs without the written permission of the photographer.

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