Neil Winokur was born in New York in 1945. He received a BA from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1967. His work has been exhibited widely since 1982, when it was prominently included in the important book, “Lichtbildnisse: Das Portrat in der Fotografie,” from the Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany. Other important exhibitions include The Museum of Modern Art’s “Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort,” from 1991; “The Photography of Invention,” The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1989; “Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists.” ICA, Boston, 2005.
Winokur’s photographs are included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Denver Art Museum; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; and others.




BORN: June 28, 1945. New York, NY

RESIDES: New York, New York

EDUCATION: B.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York. 1967


2015 “31 Essential Items,” Janet Borden, Inc. (solo)

2014 Leslie University College of Art & Design, Boston

2013 Stephanie Theodore, Brooklyn, NY

2011 “Hardware,” Janet Borden Inc. (solo)

2009 Deadline, Musee d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris

2009 “1980s Portraits,” Janet Borden, Inc. (solo)

2007 “A-Z,” Janet Borden, Inc. (solo)

2005 “Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists.” ICA, Boston

2004 “50 ans, 50 images.” Fnac, Paris

“Common Places,” Photography Gallery of Skopelos, Greece

2003 “Monochromes, Janet Borden, Inc. (solo)

2002 “A Thousand Hounds,” PaineWeber Gallery, New York

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York

“The Hair Show.” Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York. Curated by Ruth Marten

2000 “New York” Janet Borden, Inc. (solo)

1997 “Daily Life,” Janet Borden, Inc. (solo)

1996 “Portrait Parts,” Janet Borden, Inc. (solo)

“Babies,” Bravin, Post, Lee, New York (group)

“Pet Paintings,” Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston

1995 “Neil Winokur,” Galerie du Jour Agnes B., Paris (solo)

1994 “Everyday Things,” Janet Borden, Inc. NY (solo)

1993 “For Bill, A Memorial,” Janet Borden, Inc., NY (solo)

“Neil Winokur: Photographs,” Denver Art Museum (solo)

“Progressive Annual Report,” Cleveland Center for Contemporary Arts (Solo)

1992 “Special Collections,” International Center of Photography Midtown, NY

Barbara Toll Fine Arts, NY (solo)

“Persona,” Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

1991 “Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort,” The Museum of Modern Art, NY

“Past and Present: Photography from the Permanent Collection of

the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1990 “Self-Portrait: An Installation,” Janet Borden, Inc. (solo)

“Object Portraits,” Barbara Toll Fine Arts, NY (solo)

“Identities: Portraiture in Contemporary Photography,” Philadelphia Art Alliance 1989 “The Photography of Invention,” Washington, DC

1988 Barbara Toll Fine Arts, NY (solo)

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“The Dog Show,” Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1987 Baltimore Museum

1986 “Totems.” Barbara Toll Fine Arts, NY (solo)

1985 “Aqueous Chamber,” Gallery Hirondelle, NY

“Weird Beauty,” The Palladium, NY

“The Picture Show,” Steven Adams Gallery, NY

“Live Stills,” DeFacto Art Salon, NY

“Seduction,” White Columns Gallery, NY

“Face to Face,” Museum of Art of Bahia. Salvador, Brazil (solo)

1984 “Fotografische Portrat,” Schwan & Boder, Dusseldorf, Germany

“Photokina 1984,” Cologne, Germany

“Four Portrait Photographers,” Delahunty Gallery, Dallas

“Recent Color Acquisitions,” The Museum of Modern Art, NY

“Face to Face,” Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

“Family of Man: 1955 84,” P.S.1, Queens, NY

1983 “Presentation: Recent Portrait Photography,” The Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH

“3 Dimensional Photography,” Castelli Graphics, NY

1982 “Faces Photographed: Contemporary Camera Images.” Grey Art Gallery, NY

“Lichtbildnisse: Das Portrat in der Fotografie,” Rheinisches

Landesmuseum, Bonn, Germany



2014/Vice Magazine
Depicting New York City Through Ordinary Objects: Neil Winokur’s New York

2009/The Daily Beast
Neil Winokur: 1980s Portraits

2007/New York Times
Colorful Photographs of the Inanimate That Run the Alphabetical Gamut

1994/Smithsonian Institute Press
Everyday Things, Photographs by Neil Winokur. Monograph.

1991/Museum of Modern Art
Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort. Illus. of 20 pieces.

1989/National Museum of American Art. 1 illus.
The Photography of Invention

1987 Photography and Art. Grundberg/Gauss, Cross River Press, Ltd.

Sunday, June 15. The New York Times, Andy Grundberg. (Review)

Friday, June 13. The New York Times, John Russell. (Review)

1984/New Directions Shueisha Pub. Co. Tokyo, Japan.
The Gallery of World Photography

1983 About Face: New Portraits. Modern Photography, Andy Grundberg

Presentation/Recent Portrait Photography. The Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH. Catalogue.

1982/Kunst Magazine, Bonn, West Germany
Color Portrait Photography

Lichtbildnisse: Das Portrat in der Fotografie
Rheinland-Verlag Gmbh, Cologne, W. Germany. Cover; 1 illus.

Grey Art Gallery. New York. Catalogue; 1 illus.
Faces Photographed

1980/Janet Hamill, Telephone Press. New York.
The Temple. Six African photographs used as illustration.

1979 Beyond Baroque 792. California. Portrait of Writers.


Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A.

Cravath, Swaine & Moore, NY

Denver Art Museum, CO

Elton John Collection, London

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

Goldman, Sachs & Co.. NY

Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum of Modern Art, NY

Philadelphia Museum of Art , PA

Progressive Corporation . Cleveland, OH

Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, NJ


1986 Art Matters, Inc. To begin new portrait series

1984 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

1984 Cibachrome award

1987 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship