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Q & A: Julie Ainsworth, Head of Photography and Digital Imaging

Julie Ainsworth, Head of Photography and Digital Imaging

Although many readers at and visitors to the Folger Shakespeare Library might not know her name, most know her work. Julie Ainsworth, Head of Photography and Digital Imaging, is responsible for the wonderful images of Folger items that are found in print, that make up the Folger’s Digital Image Collection, and that grace the Library’s website. Her award-winning work has appeared in numerous publications, including in the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, Washingtonian, Progressive Architecture, Landscape Architect, Horizon Magazine, Dial, Ovation, Dossier, Print, Town and Country, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Washington City Paper; her photographs have also appeared on the covers of The Washington Times Magazine, Inside Arts, The Wilson Library Bulletin, and other publications. A portfolio of Julie’s work can be found on her website,

How did you come to this line of work and to the Folger specifically?


This is just a great post and interview. Julie’s work is wonderful. Even the workflow chart is a piece of art!

Carol Brobeck — October 18, 2011

great post. Thanks for sharing the interview with Julie. I liked the department photo set up. way cool!

stephen — March 29, 2012