Janet Forman and I met in 1980, when we worked together on a number of documentaries she was producing which her husband, Tom Houghton, was shooting. One of my favorite documentaries we worked on was ‘The Beat Generation: An American Dream’ with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Peter Orlovsky, Thelonious Monk, Hettie Jones, and Allen Ginsberg hanging out in the Cedar Bar.
When I became a partner in an upper east-side art gallery in the late 1980s, we stopped working together and kept in touch as friends. When Janet and Tom finished renovating their Harlem townhouse, they had a party in the garden with many of the filmmakers I had worked with over the years whom I was thrilled to reconnect with. Janet left film producing 15 years ago to follow her passion: traveling the world as a journalist and photographer for prestigious magazines, garnering many awards. She will be a welcome addition to HipSilver's Travel section.
A journalist and film producer, Forman has picked up two Lowell Thomas Gold Medals and a Silver, the 2014 Bill Muster Gold Medal for Best Cultural Photo, the 2011 Bill Muster Photo Gold Medal for her Single Subject Portfolio on Abu Dhabi, and was named Pacific Asia Travel Association Journalist of the Year 2000.
In 2017, she received a First Place SATW award, two NATJA Gold Awards, and three honorable mentions. She has received awards from SOLAS, NATJA, the governments of Belgium and South Africa, and numerous SATW Eastern Chapter First Place awards. Forman holds an M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and writes from the brownstone she renovated in Harlem, New York.