Lely Constantinople is a photographer and freelance photo-archivist/editor who has been exhibiting her work nationally and internationally for fifteen years. Her work centers on street life in mostly urban areas and can be found in numerous private collections, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
In recent years she has worked as the director of several photographic archives including the David Fenton Collection, an archive of over 4000 images of the late 1960s counterculture, the Volkmar K. Wentzel Collection, an archive of over 12,000 negatives and prints of the late National Geographic photographer and writer Volkmar Wentzel, and the collection of Lucian Perkins, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the Washington Post. She is currently working with Wade Davis, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, editing and managing his collection for book projects, representation with Getty Images and other ventures.
She has edited several books, most recently SHOTS: An American Photographer's Journal 1967-72 by David Fenton (2005), with contributions by Norman Mailer, Tom Hayden and Chris Murray (Govinda Gallery) and recently curated "David Fenton: Eye of the Revolution" with Steven Kasher of Steven Kasher Gallery, NYC. She is currently working on a book and exhibition project "HARD ART, WASHINGTON, D.C., 1979", about Lucian Perkins' photos of the D.C. punk scene circa 1979-80, with husband Alec MacKaye and curator/gallerist Jayme McClellan of Civilian Art Projects. She will be teaching photography at Sidwell Friends School starting Fall, 2010. Previous experience includes working at ABC News "Nightline" as a production assistant.
Other clients include Getty Images, Hearst Corporation, The Decatur House, Glover Park Group, the Washington Post, National Geographic Society, The Phillips Collection, Fretboard Journal, BUST, Oxford American, The Photo Review, STOP SMILING magazine, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, the Women's Foreign Policy Group.
She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1993.
EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS, Hole in the Sky, Washington, D.C.
SEEN, Transformer Gallery, Washington, D.C.
ANONYMOUS III, WPA/C auction at Flashpoint, Washington, D.C.Political Climate, Connor Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.
Girls Against Boys, DCAC, Washington, D.C.
Both Sides of the Street: Celebrating the Corcoran's Photography Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Man I Feel Like a Woman, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
Art Auction at the Center for Pop Culture, Horse Hospital Gallery, London, England
Itinerant, (traveling exhibition) Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C., H. Lewis Gallery, Baltimore, MD and Scuola Romana di Fotografia, Rome, Italy
Ladyfest/DCDCAC, Washington, D.C.
MOVE 5, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
MOVE 4, P.S. 122, New York City
OPTIONS, WPA/Corcoran, Washington, D.C.