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Joan Pasternak


Joan Pasternak is a professional and fine art photographer who teaches photography at Freedom High School and the Banana Factory in Bethlehem. She started her career in NJ after graduating college with a degree in Photography and Art as a portrait photographer. After working for Sun Chemical as a photographer traveling extensively for 2 years throughout North America, she was offered a position teaching photography at Elizabeth High School.

While teaching at EHS Joan worked as a freelance photographer, joined ASMP and did assignments for many corporations and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She received 2 grants for documentaries on the city of Elizabeth and free-lanced an assignment in Africa for a book on contemporary African Artists.

After meeting her husband she moved to Bethlehem and worked for Bank America and Chrysler First in Allentown as an Advertising Photographer. When Chrysler closed its Allentown office she got her Masters in New Media and started up her own business again, Creative Photography. Joan also taught for 5 years at Antonelli Institute, a photography college outside of Philadelphia.

Joan has received numerous awards and has exhibited in many galleries and museums including a one-woman show of her African photos at the Kemmerer Museum in Bethlehem in the 80’s. Her work is in several public and private collections including the Allentown Art Museum.

Artist Statement

Photography and art have become a way of life for me. I have been taking photographs most of my life, since I was 13 and have always enjoyed the experience and like to share this joy with others through teaching and exhibiting my work.

“Photography is a way of expressing one’s own vision and way of looking at the world. I look for design and beauty in people, nature and ordinary things, then try to create something visually stimulating to the eye and mind.” I hope to instill a sense of wonder and curiosity in the mind of the viewer. Through photography I have been able to see people and the world in a whole new and exciting way