I first learned of Elaine Poggi's work several years ago when I was in her hometown of Sparta, Illinois taping a story about a local artist (I'm a Public Television producer. I contacted Elaine in Italy and on her next trip to the states, I produced a profile of her and her foundation. I've been following the organization's growth ever since. I've been very impressed by the increasing numbers of high-caliber photographers volunteering their time to improve the quality of life for patients. From its beginnings, the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals has been enthusiastically received by hospital staffs and the people for whom they care. It is most worthy of recognition.
Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 06/24/2012
Thanks so much, Ruth, for writing this wonderful review. I really appreciate it. And, of course, I am grateful for the great TV segment that you produced for "Living St. Louis" about the Foundation. Thank you!! Best, Elaine
The photos are amazing! Seeing a display of Elaine's photos in a hospital setting immediately made me remember the power of a beautiful photograph. You immediately become relaxed and most of your fears drift away which is important in a hospital setting. They are all so beautiful. After seeing her displays, I came back and finished hanging photos in my office. I now have a more relaxed atmosphere where I spend a lot of my time. Keep up the wonderful work Elaine.
When entering a hospital setting - one is nervous and apprehensive to say the least. By having beautiful artwork in hospitals the atmosphere becomes less sterile and more comforting to the patient, bringing a sense of calm in a otherwise nervous setting.
I have been following the Artistic Photographs that have been donated to the Foundation for photo art in hospitals. Inc for many years. The efforts have grown immensely and Elaine Poggi, the principle inspirator, travels to many places and has an eye for beauty. She thinks of this Foundation many times a day I think, taking pictures of beautiful moments, hanging them on walls where sick people can focus on such beauty. I am sure this helps distract patients and give them a moment's peace of mind amidst difficulties with bad health. Elaine is very generous with her time and her funding, it certainly seems an expensive affair printing out such large photos and acquiring excellent equipment to take them. I know they are appreciated immensely by both patients and visitors of hospitals.
Having been hospitalized (several times), I can fully appreciate folks like the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals. Although I've seen artwork in the public ares, I noticed there's very little in the rooms. I've mentioned the Foundation to staff, but got little interest. It may be a liability thing, though. Anyway, kudos to Elaine for what she's doing!
Elaine has done wonderful work, her photo's are amazing and i know deep down they help out lots of people who need a little hope in there life to pull them self out of there rut that people get in when sick or down and not feeling well. She enjoys going to these places to explore and take the photos as much as she enjoys doing the art for the hospitals. The foundation for photo art in hospitals is wonderful and does more good then they will ever know!
I could not write this if I had not personely seen the effect the photos have on paitients, but they have great effects on them and yes I think this foundation should be rated 5 star, 10 if it were availbe. My grandmother loved viewing the photos and it brought great joy to her imaging she were there in the photos.
Few foundations maintain the highest levels of quality on all fronts--especially as they become more established. This Foundation is one of them. It has been successful in consistently achieving its goals of providing peace to people who are suffering at the end of their life. Their high quality photos have reached hospitals in the most remote corners of the world and continue to expand to others. The founder's efficient organizational and resourceful skills continue to be a pillar of the organization. May all hospitals and patients benefit from this organization.
I have known Elaine Poggi for 40 years and can attest to her absolute conviction, undying empathy and enthusiastic determination to bring light and comfort to others who are in need. She has found a wonderful way to put together her talent and her dedication by contributing her photographic art work to hospital settings around the world. I am a fellow photographer and appreciate her use of the camera to make pleasing scenes for those patients confined to hospital spaces, medical staffs and visitors to enjoy.
I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Elaine Poggi and learn of the wonderful work the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals in 2004. Our Auxiliary was looking for something to brighten our patient rooms. Once we spoke with Elaine and saw first had some of her photo art, we knew we had found what we were looking for. Her photo art was filled with her passion for photography and was sure to brighten and lift the spirits of our patients, families, visitors and the staff. We felt fortunate to be able to purchase such high quality art on a relatively low budget. As we expected (and hoped), the photo art was very well received by our patients, etc. Many asked questions about the photographer and where were some of the pictures taken, etc. This photo art is truly "healing art".
How can I not rave about the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals? Their mission is a noble one: to place nature art in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients. Their leadership is passionate and professional. I have met with their president (Elaine Poggi) several times and am impressed by her ambition and determination. Their reach is global and they make their services available and affordable to all.
I have told many people about this organization, especially photo artists who would cherish knowing about this opportunity to make a difference to so many simply by sharing their gifts as photographers. I have worked with the Executive Director, Elaine Poggi, and am sincerely impressed by her passion for helping advance healing through photo arts in medical settings and her generosity as staff. Anyone associated with this endeavor will experience a great sense of achievement and goodwill to others. It is a program worth supporting in whatever means possible.
I saw the birth of the Foundation and from the beginning I was moved by the depth of the feelings that inspired it. I have always been in admiration of Elaine's ideals, passion and committment. She is doing a great job, I heve seen her work in hospitals here in Florence and felt very proud to know Elaine and be her friend.
My husband and I have seen Elaine's photos and know that her work is exceptional. Elaine has a passion for bringing art, and thereby bringing stimulation and comfort to those in hospitals. We remember seeing the cold, dreary hospital room that Elaine's mother occupied during her lengthy illness. Elaine hung her own photos to bring her cheer. We know that her photos are in many parts of the world and commend her efforts. We hope she continues her great work.
I've seen photos for the first time on the wall of an Hospital in Florence and it gave me a good feeling about all those beautifull pictures in such a sad environment. Later I made a donation to the foundation and helped placing photos in a Rome Hospital. I think that this foundation has a strong power giving happiness and hope to get out of the Hospital to all recovered people. Keep doing that Elaine is such a beautiful thing!!!
The photos placed in hospitals by this foundation depict beautiful scenery from many different locations around the world. I have seen these high quality photos in hospital locations in St. Louis and in Sparta, Il, while visiting friends and relatives in these facilities. I find them to be inspiring and a lift to the spirit.
From the first time Elaine Poggi opened the trunk of her car to show us her beautiful photographs and shared her vision for the Foundation of Photo Art in Hospitals, we have been fans. Our local hospital has benefitted from the Foundation’s work and we have observed the difference colorful photos make when they are introduced in the monochromatic, sterile hospital environment. Far more remarkable, however, is the difference made in the lives of people. The patients, their friends and family, and the hospital staff can all escape the worry and pressure of the hospital atmosphere when they see the colors and images on the walls. The photos add beautiful points of focus that help patients to think of places or things beyond themselves and hope for a better time. The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is truly making the world a better place and it’s doing it one photo at a time.
Elaine Uchtman Poggi started this admirable foundation some years ago, utilizung her own especially beautiful photographs to enliven normally sterile hospital rooms, corridors, and waiting areas. Her exceptional photographs of both scenery and people are now cheering patients and visitors in many parts of the world. One wonders why someone didn't think of this project before. All praise to Elaine Poggi... Horace Gibson
Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 02/05/2010
Thanks, Horace! What I have learned from you through the years has certainly helped me with my work with the Foundation! All my best, Elaine