With much love and deep sadness, members of ASPP NY Chapter mourn the untimely death of Laura Wyss. She was a good friend to us all, and for many years served as Secretary to our executive board. Laura’s obituary was published this morning in the Battle Creek Enquirer:
Laura Wyss, Founder and president of Wyssphoto, Inc., died October 5 of ovarian cancer at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City.
She was born September 17, 1969, in Columbus, Ohio, and is survived by her husband, Glyn (Williams) Wyss of New York, her parents, Melissa and Hal Wyss of Albion (MI), her sister, Trudy Wyss of Ann Arbor (MI), and nephews, Myles and Jules Gates of Ann Arbor (MI).
Laura graduated in 1987 from Albion High School, where she was a member of the swim team and two state championship forensics teams, and from Hope College in 1991, where she majored in art. She then moved to New York to pursue a career in art, creating innovative works that combined painting and photography. She worked for a photography repository, The Granger Collection, and for St. Martin’s Press as a photo researcher until 2002 when she founded Wyssphoto, Inc.
Since then, Laura and her assistants have located and cleared the rights for more than 600 photographic images a year for the covers of books by various New York publishers. She also selected and secured the rights for all of the photographs displayed in the recently completed Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum, and has served as photo editor for several books, including a history of New York restaurants and Betty White’s autobiography. Her final major project was photo-editing Hilary Clinton’s Hard Choices.
Laura loved living in New York and was particularly fond of the Metropolitan Opera. She attended as many performances as she could, including all of the recent performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. She enjoyed taking family and friends from out of town to restaurants and museums on Manhattan, but she had also become an advocate for Staten Island since moving there a few years ago. She doted on her three cats and enjoyed turning her tiny backyard into a beautiful little garden with both flowers and vegetables.
Donations in Laura’s memory can be made to University Hospice/Staten Island University Hospital, 78 Meisner Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306. (718) 226-6450.
Read more about Laura in this wonderful 2012 interview by Louisa Curtis
on PDN’s PhotoServe.