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The theme for December’s Nights at the PRC, Identity and Portraiture, drew a broad range of presenters and lively participation from an audience of over 30 fellow photographers. Caleb Cole, the host for the evening, presented photos from his series “Other People’s Clothes,”  which is the product of his exploration of private moments of expectation and a visual expression of his experiences stepping into the shoes of the types of people he sees on a daily basis. Caleb also presented work from his new series “Blue Boys,” currently on view at Gallery Kayafas, which continues his exploration of how to visually express identity and personal experiences. Throughout the evening, six presenters shared their work related to the theme of Identity and Portraiture. Some photographers focused on traditional portraiture, while others presented work that questions how we identify ourselves or others through appearance, physical objects or location.

– Alyssa Minahan

Portrait & Identity Night

The evening’s host Caleb Cole.

Portrait & Identity Night

Presenter Renee Ricciardi.

Portrait & Identity Night

Caleb Cole commenting on a presenters work.

Below are some quotes from presenters about their experiences at December’s Nights at the PRC:

I came with specific questions regarding the presentation of my work and went home with some really good suggestions from Caleb and the group.” – Kathleen Gerdon Archer.  Kathleen is an honors graduate of Montsserat College College of Art with a BA in Painting, which has a had a profound influence on her photographic work. Her latest solo show was at The Carnery Gallery at Regis College in Weston, MA, with other solos shows at The Kingston Gallery, The Copley Society of Art and the Griffin Museum. Her work has also appeared in group shows at The Danforth Museum and Endicott College.

Nights at the PRC are a great opportunity to meet other photographers, get feedback and new ideas. This one was lots of fun, and it was a nice bonus to see Caleb’s recent work.” – Daniel Jackson. Daniel Jackson’s work has appeared in solo shows at the MIT Museum and Newton Free Library, as well as in group shows at the Griffin Museum, PhotoPlace Gallery and the PRC. His work is in the permanent collection of the MIT Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography and Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

For me, Nights at the PRC are one of the most important functions of the year.” – Skip Schiel. A participatory photographer, photographing while engaging in struggles for justice, peace, right treatment of the environment, and enlightenment, Skip Schiel makes photos for publications, exhibits, slide shows, and individual use. His current projects include a photographic examination of conditions in Palestine & Israel, searching for the seeds of the new Detroit miracle, and Twilight, an exploration of light. Since 1990, Skip has taught at the Cambridge Center of Adult Education, ranging from basic photography to digital darkroom and photographic field workshops concentrating on light in photography. He has also taught photography at the Landscape Institute formerly at Harvard, the Quaker Palestine Youth Program in Palestine, filmmaking for 10 years at Boston College, and various workshops at Quaker gatherings.

 “I had been wanting to talk about my photographs that deal with the concept of identity for a long time. The PRC offers an excellent platform for photographers to show their work and discuss it with a group of local artists. I had never shown this identity series to anyone, but after the night at the PRC I was able to gather opinions, ideas, and useful feedback about the work.” – Renee Ricciardi. Renée Ricciardi is a Boston based artist and photographer. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is the 2013 Morton Godine Travel Fellowship recipient. Renée is currently working on a personal assignment photographing apiaries, beekeepers, and organic food in cities across Italy.

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Opening Reception: Thursday, December 5, 6-7:30pm

By Kaleigh Rusgrove, PRC Intern

Moira Barrett, “Jan 26, 2012,” 2012/2013 from the series “Regarding Beauty: Notes on Turning 60,” archival inkjet print, Courtesy of the Artist.

For the past five years, the Photographic Resource Center and The Griffin Museum of Photography have organized and run the New England Portfolio Reviews (NEPR). The purpose of NEPR is to provide opportunities for photographers of all skill levels to meet with members of the photographic community. NEPR participants meet with gallerists, curators, educators, and other professionals who are able to provide feedback on the artists work.

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Another of our new group of interns, Fiona will be working primarily in the library with Stefanie Maclin. Here’s Fiona:

I am a recent graduate of Brookline High School and will be attending Pratt Institute in the Fall. I have a deep adoration for photography, which will be my major at Pratt. My freshman year of high school I took an analog photography course and quickly fell in love. My favorite activities aside from taking pictures are traveling and cooking. In general I prefer to shoot analog but I absolutely enjoy shooting digital from time to time. I photograph anything that moves me, which ranges from the faint shadow of a tree to my father glued to his computer screen. The following are a few photographs from my portfolio [click to open larger versions for viewing]:

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Another one of our new crew of summer interns at the PRC, Matthew Reitman is a Boston University student with a major in Photojournalism and a minor in International Relations. Inspired by his travels, Matthew often photographs subjects in their natural surroundings, in attempt to capture their unique essence. He hopes to one day use his photography skills to shed light on various social issues across the world. In addition to the photos below, feel free to view more of Matthew’s work at

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BP needs better Photoshop technicians. Know anybody?

Check out the story on AMERICAblog. Apparently BP’s image doctors want to give the public the impression that screens are pumping information and streaming awareness in all of its corporate control rooms. No idle moments there, America. But their image manipulating skills are about as good as their leak containment. “Needs improvement,” the teachers would say.

AMERICAblog: A Great Nation Deserves the Truth

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I spent last weekend at the Center in Santa Fe reviewing the work of 27 photographers and seeing many others in informal sessions. Overall the work was excellent, especially by those who were not currently in, or recent graduate of, MFA programs. Below is a short selection of the work I saw that I thought most interesting.

Glenn Ruga
PRC Executive Director

Dana Popa
not Natasha

Popa won first prize in the Project Competition at Center for not Natasha, a documentary of 17 sex trafficked women from Moldova. Natasha is the pejorative term for prostitutes with eastern European looks. The images are bold, sensitive, and uncomfortable, as they should be for a subject such as this. Popa says in her artist statement, “I met seventeen women who survived sexual slavery. …Some of them too fragile; some very strong, trying to leave behind an unwanted past….I had to be both discreet and protective.” For those of us lucky to be in Santa Fe for these reviews, Popa was a sober reminder of how fortunate we are, and how powerful the medium of photography can be to bring home the truths about our existence.

David Taylor
Walking the Line

Border Monument 2A, 2008

Taylor received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 to photograph along the US/Mexico border. He has chosen to focus his images on the 260 obelisk monuments built between 1892 and 1895 to mark the international border from the El Paso/Juarez to San Diego/Tijuana. His portfolio is comprised of more than 100 prints of the monuments and other sites along the way including smugglers, border patrol agents, and bricks of marijuana. The work is a harsh and dry look at the geography, landscape, hunters, and the hunted as they search for a better life on the north side of the 2,000 mile US/Mexican border.

David Rochkind
Heavy Hand, Sunken Spirit: The Costs and Consequences of Mexico’s Drug War

This project, also on the US/Mexico border, is shot almost entirely on the Mexico side and shows the harsh reality of the drug trade and its effect on ordinary people caught up in a siege by organized crime, corrupt police, and the foot soldiers on both side. Rochkind uses the traditional 35mm format shot with a wide angle lens, up close, to get us close to the people effected by this undeclared war. While there is evil committed on both sides, Rochkind’s perspective is often to show drug runners and authorities, each as victims, caught up in a war of economics, fueled by the demand up North, and the poverty of the Mexican people.

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The listing page has moved!

For a complete list of current exhibitions, gallery openings, and events please visit our new page on the PRC website. In the future, you will find the current New England exhibitions and calls for entry there.

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Roman Vishniac and Eastern Europe Jewry
by Glenn Ruga

This posting is in response to Alana Newhouse’s article appearing in the March 29, 2010 issue of the New York Times Magazine, titled “A Closer Reading of Roman Vishniac.”

I have been familiar with the work of Roman Vishniac for at least 25 years and somewhere in my library I have a copy of his book, A Vanished World. Many years ago I had worked with the National Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts on numerous design projects and looked through Vishniac’s books many times for inspiration and ideas.

I thus read with interest Alana Newhouse’s article about how Vishniac’s work is a sentimental distortion of the life of pre-war Eastern European Jewry.  Read the rest of this entry »

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On The Road:  A Legacy of Walker Evans
April 2 – June 12, 2010
Reception – Friday, April 2, 2010 – 7-8pm
Robert Lehman Art Center

“Walker Evans travelled the roads of this country often with a specific assignment but always made the work his own.  Attracted by the vernacular, Evans strove for authenticity capturing the people and places of his journeys carefully and without drama.  This exhibition traces the theme of the road that Walker Evans laid out and twenty-two additional photographers who pursued the theme, each looking at “the road” anew.” (quote from website)

Erik Schubert, Officer's House, Presidio, San Francisco, CA, 2006

Erik Schubert one of the artists selected for this exhibition was the
PRC’s Northeast Exposure Online featured artist, April 2009.

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Our good friends over at the Panopticon Gallery of Photography at the Hotel Commonwealth will be co-sponsoring a benefit concert dubbed, Blues For Haiti in conjunction with Partners in Health and Eastern Standard on Thursday, March 25th from 7:30 – 10:30.

The concert will take place immediately after the opening reception for Sight of Sound, a group exhibition featuring work by Ryan Mastro, Ron Pownall, Charlie Sawyer, Frank Stewart, and Ernest C. Withers.  All proceeds from the concert and silent auction will help Partners in Health and their ongoing medical efforts in Haiti.  For more information, visit the (event page).

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