Morning Walk, Courson-Montloup, France, 1973
The year the camera became a part of me and I became a photographer. Born in Budapest and raised in Montreal, after graduating from college, Ivy Ney settled in Paris. When she was cast as a film extra playing a tourist, Ney borrowed a 35mm camera with a half a roll of unused film. By the end of the long day, Ivy had finished shooting the roll and discovered her natural talents and craft. Very soon, Ney had her first photography job shooting in Paris. With a late 70’s detour through India, Ney moved to Los Angeles where she became known for her fashion photography for publications, department stores, and catalogs. In 1978, she began fifteen successful years as a contributor to the Lifestyle Section of the Los Angeles Times.
Ney is the recipient of the Art Directors Club Merit Award for Editorial Photography. She was shown in the the juried exhibitions “Images and Origins; Reflections of Women Photographers,” as well as, “Images and Origins: Reflections of Women Artists,” both sponsored by the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women and the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Her photography has been published in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan and her portraits continue to be featured in books, biographies and documentaries, such as Criterion's biography of composer Cliff Martinez. Her early 1980s photographs of The Red Hot Chili Peppers appear in "Smithsonian Book of Rock 'n Roll."
In addition to photography, Ivy Ney works in sculpture and mixed media which have been shown at numerous galleries and are represented in private art collections throughout the world.