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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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Click to see images from Extraordinary Boston on Dunwell's site.

Extraordinary Boston is Boston at its finest. Photographer Steve Dunwell does well to capture the eccentricity and uniqueness that is this city. In the book’s introduction Dunwell writes: “This is a special place in America. Here, at the confluence of powerful natural, historical, commercial, and cultural currents, a unique metropolis has risen, sculpted by these forces and expressing their interplay.” Dunwell’s photographs showcase all these bits and pieces of Boston.

Boston is a city of contrast. It’s a city of neighborhoods. While it is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, sometimes you forget you’re in a city. There’s something about Boston. It gets to you; it gets in you. I’ve lived here for a decade, and I still can’t cross the Charles via the Red Line without needing to see it.

Dunwell showcases Boston in all its glory: in all four seasons, in all times of day. He highlights what this city is about, mixes the modernity with the Colonial architecture. He shows Boston for how it is.

He photographs Frog Pond in the summer, the East Boston Harbor, and Nantasket peninsula. He shows Copley Square covered in snow, and the narrow streets of the North End. Two of my favorites, the Freight Yard skyline, Brighton and Turnpike Toll Station, Allston, come early in the book. He photographs the people who live here, and the fireworks celebration on the 4th of July. He shows the Charles River at sunrise, the busy morning at Haymarket, Bunker Hill Monument at sunset, the lighthouse on Little Brewster Island, and of course, Fenway Park.

He shows Boston, which in the end he says “is, indeed, illuminated by a special light. As the sun clears the horizon by the nation’s oldest lighthouse, it shines on a tiny gem of urban imagination set in a dramatic harbor of history.”

Which perhaps sums this book and this city best.

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Among Photo District News‘ list of 30 “new and emerging photographers to watch” published in the April 2011 issue are several with New England connections:

  • Rachel Barrett, born in Cambridge, MA, attended School of Visual Arts and Tishc School of the Arts at NYU, lives in New York
  • Justin Fantl, born in Hanover, NH, attended San Francisco Studio School and Academy of Art, San Francisco, lives in Brooklyn
  • Dima Gavrysh, born in Kiev, Ukraine, attended RISD, lives in New York and Providence
  • Ryan Heffernan, born in Berkeley, CA, attended Bates College, lives in San Francisco
  • Joel Micah Miller, born in Silver Spring, MD, attended Northeastern University and Hochschule der Medien in Stuttgart, Germany, lives in Stuttgart

See their work, and that of others worth watching, at’s gallery site, here.

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I write for COLOR now and then (most recently a profile on Jerome Liebling in issue #9, dated September 2010 but on the stands for nearly a month already), and as a result they send me multiple copies of each new issue. Just arrived is issue #10 (November already?), the annual presentation of winners in their color portfolio contest.

494 photographers entered nearly 9,000 images, vying for 115 Spotlight, Excellence, and Merit awards chosen by judge Henry Rasmussen. Notable among the twenty Spotlight winners, each of whom will receive a multi-page spread in a regular issue of COLOR during 2011, was Brookline’s own Rania Matar, who hereby proves herself as adept with color as she is with black-and-white. Please look for her portfolio during the next twelve months; I’m guessing that the work is of teenage girls in their bedrooms, but that’s just a guess. (Rania, if you read this, let us know what they’ll be publishing and when.)

Among a large handful of New Englanders who were published in the issue as Excellence and Merit award winners was C. E. (Christopher) Morse of Cumberland, Maine, whose records of painterly decaying surfaces so impressed our executive director during a portfolio review that he ended up acquiring one from the photographer.

Congratulations to Rania and Christopher, past and continuing PRC members getting their work out there!

link to COLOR online

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Among the many lessons that photographs have imparted to careful viewers is the fact that photography, a descriptive medium capable of minute detail and intimate specificity, can link the unique and the universal. A well-made photograph conveys information about both the particular object it depicts and the whole category of phenomena—sensations, emotions, and reactions—tied to that object.

Walker Evans exemplifies this dichotomy as well, if not better than, any 20th century photographic artist. To look at any Evans image is to encounter an iconic rendering. A storefront in Birmingham becomes all storefronts in the American South, for instance; a worn pair of shoes evokes miles walked by anyone. Evans pared down his photography, squeezing out excess information in a quest for pure meaning, and thus, pure symbolism.

His efforts resonate with many photographers (and other artists, including Dan Graham, who was paired with Evans for a 1992 exhibition at the Whitney Museum and several European venues). Most find Evans’ purity to be a kind of grail, worth pursuing in their own work over time. Belinda Rathbone, author of a 2000 Evans biography, has assembled 70 prints by Evans and by 22 contemporary photographers in whom evidence of Evans’ quest can be seen.

The photographers in the show, besides Walker Evans, are: Robert Adams, Jeff Brouws, Wendy Burton, William Christenberry (who was raised in Hale County, Alabama, not far from the area Evans photographed for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men), Jim Dow, William Eggleston, Terry Evans (no relation), Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Frank Gohlke, Jan Groover, Danny Lyon, Joel Meyerowitz, Catherine Opie, Edward Ruscha, Erik Shubert, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Joel Sternfeld, Larry Sultan, George Tice, and Henry Wessel. A worthy group, to be sure.

The exhibition closes June 12, so don’t delay. Directions to the Lehman Art Center are linked below.

On the Road: A Legacy of Walker Evans

The Robert Lehman Art Center at Brooks School

1160 Great Pond Road

North Andover, MA  01845 [link for directions]


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Rolly-Michaux Gallery of Boston.
L’Ombra dell’Italia: The Shadow of Italy: Robert Castagna. Opening: 4-7pm. 617-536-9898. 290 Dartmouth St # U1, Boston, MA 02116.

Williams College Museum of Art.
Season Premiere Party: Views of Niagara. Lecture with Marc Gotlieb, Director of the Graduate Program in the History of Art and Class of 1955 Memorial Professor of Art; Michael Lewis, Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History; and Kathryn Price, Interim Associate Curator: 5-7pm. 413-597-2429. 11 Lawrence Hall Drive, Ste. 2, Williamstown, MA 0

The Gallery at Mount Ida College and the Center for Arabic Culture.
Rania Matar: Ordinary Lives. Reception: 5-7pm. Gallery Talk with Rania Matar: 6:30pm. 617-928-4768. 777 Dedham Street, Newton, MA, 02459.


Al Braden Book Signing and Talk.
New book by Al Braden, The Connecticut River, A Photographic Journey Through The Heart of New England. Friday, October 30 from 5pm to 7pm at Creative Encounters, 18 Main Street, Keene, New Hampshire.

Fitchburg Art Museum.
Point Click Shoot: Snapshots Celebrating Life. Photographic Historical Society of New England meeting including three tours starting at 1:30pm. 978-345-4207. 185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420-7503.

Vermont Center for Photography.
The Connecticut River, A Photographic Journey through the Heart of New England. Book Signing and Talk by Al Braden: 3pm. 802-251-6051. Vermont Center for Photography, 49 Flat Street, Brattleboro, VT (at the steps to Eliot Street by the new Flat Street Parking Garage.

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Editor’s Note: We regret that the reception for Neal Rantoul’s exhibition at Photostop was not listed in the PRC’s October e-newsletter.  The correct date and time is listed below.


Rhode Island School of Design.
Fall 2009 TC Colley Lecture Series: Abelardo Morell.
Metcalf Auditorium (Chace Center): 7pm. 401-454-6122. 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903.


Cushing-Martin Gallery at Stonehill College.
What’s Left Behind… Adam Lampton and Millee Tibbs.  Reception: 5:30-7pm.  320 Washington Street, Easton, MA 02357.


A Walk In The Past, photography by Sylvia Stagg-Giuliano.
Pigment prints of statues, fountains, monuments and memorials from the parks and plazas of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Opening Reception: October 22, 6pm-8pm. Gallery hours: M-F 10:30am-6pm.  Gallery open October 15 – December 31. Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center – 41 Second St, Cambridge, MA 02141. T: 617-577-1400.

Griffin Museum of Photography, Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre.
Superheroes: Russ Ford, Reyn Soffe, Heather McDonough, Reiner Riedler, Danielle Picard- Sheehan, Tanit Sakakini, Betsy Schneider, Harvey Stein, and Gregg Segal. Opening Reception: 6-7:30. 781-729-1158. Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main St., Stoneham, MA.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
Sacred Spaces: Samina Quareshi.
Exhibition Opening Reception & Book Signing: 5:30-8pm. 617.496-1027. Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Visiting Artist Lecture: Karl Baden. Room B-311: 12:30pm. 617-267-6100. 230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02215.

Three Columns Gallery.
SACRED STONES: Photographs by Ron Rosenstock. Opening Reception: 5:30-7pm. 781-424-7018. Mather House, 10 Cowperwaite St., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.


Neal Rantoul: Wheat, An American Series.  Opening Reception: 6-9pm; Gallery Talk: 7:30pm.  802-698-0320. Suite 150, Tip Top Media Arts Bldg, 85 N. Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05001.

Brookline Arts Center.
Photography Discussion Salon with Photographer Istvan Akos Morocz
. Discussion: 6:30-8:30pm. 617-566-5715. 86 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA 02446.

The Sacramento Street Gallery at Agassiz Baldwin Community.
Small Works Show 2009. Opening Reception: 5-8pm. 617-349-6287. 20 Sacramento Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum.
Jules Aarons: In the Jewish Neighborhoods, 1946-76.
Curator Talk: Koch Curatorial Fellow Nina Gara Bozicinik: 3pm. 781-259-8355. 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Photographic Resource Center.
2009 PRC Benefit Auction.  5:30-10:30pm.  617-975-0600.  808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.

Series Work: Beyond the Single Image with Neal Rantoul.  Workshop: October 24th and 25th, 10-4pm. 802-698-0320. Suite 150, Tip Top Media Arts Bldg, 85 N. Main Street, White River Junction, VT 05001.

The Arnold Arboretum.
Botanica: Scanographic Prints by Marty Klein at Arnold Arboretum. Reception with the Artist: 1-3pm. 617-384-5209. Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130.


Dorchester Arts Collaborative.
Dorchester Open Studios. Open Studios: 12-5pm. 617-839-6734. 11 Pearl Street #2, Dorchester, Massachusetts 02125.


Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Fall 2009 Visiting Artist Lecture Series- Alec Soth: Dog Days Bogota.
Lecture: 6-7:30pm. 719-330-4151. 11th Floor. The Tower Building on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Tetlow Street, Boston, MA 02115.

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The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler.
Where are We? Clara Lieu, Julie Gearan, Eric Sung, Brian O’Malley.
Reception: 5-7pm. 401-421-9230. 228 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906.

Krause Gallery.
Silver Prints & Fabrics: Dominick Marcigliano. Reception: 5-9pm. 401-831-7350. Moses Brown School, 250 Lloyd Avenue, Providence, RI 02096.

Peabody Essex Museum.
Valerie Belin: MADE UP.
Conversation with artist and curator with mimosas and a light breakfast to follow: 9:30am. 978-745-9500. East India Square, Salem, MA 01970.

Panopticon Gallery.
Architecture and Landscape: Photographs by Steve Rosenthal, John Woolf, Keith Johnson and Peter Vanderwarker.
Opening Reception and Rosenthal Book Signing: 5-7pm. 617-267-8929. Inside the Hotel Commonwealth, 502c Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215.

Fort Point Open Studios.
FPAC Gallery Group Show Opening. New Works: Photographic Based Mixed Media: Jeffrey Heyne.
Opening: 5-9pm. 617-423-4299 and 617-423-6207. 300 Summer Street unit35 Boston, MA 02210.


John J. Moakley United States Courthouse.
c u r v e  o f  t h e  E a r t h: by Fran Osborn-Blaschke.  Opening Reception: 4-6pm.  617-981-2244.  Atrium Gallery, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, MA 02210.

The Lamar Soutter Library at The University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Artist in Residence Series: The Life and Works of Tobias McConchie.
Reception: 4pm. 508-856-3334. 55 Lake Avenue N., Worcester, MA 01655.


DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum.
Decordova’s Annual Benefit and Auction.
Cocktails and Silent Auction: 6:30pm, Dinner: 8:30pm. 781-259-8355. 51 Sandy Road Pond, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Kathryn Schultz Gallery.
Cambridge Art Association Celebrates 65 Years: 65th Annual Members’ Prize Show: Juried by Joseph D. Ketner II, Henry and Lois Foster Chair of Contemporary Art at Emerson College, Boston.
65th Party/Reception: 12-2pm. Awards to artists: 1pm. 617-876-0246. 25 Lowell St., Cambridge, MA 02138 (across from Mt. Auburn Hospital).

Mark Ostow’s 8 Portraits at Rendezvous.
Mark Ostow’s eight 30″x40″ prints displayed at a Central Square restaurant Rendevouz.
Opening:1-3pm, drinks and scallops.

Open Studio at Fort Point.
30th Annual Open Studios at Fort Point Art Community.
Open: October 17-18, Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm.


Fitchburg Art Museum.
Point Click Shoot- Snapshots Celebrating Life:
Curator Stephen Jareckie Gallery Talk: 1-3pm. 978-345-4207. 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg, MA 01420.


Boston University.
Boston University Fall Lecture Series:
Thomas Struth. 6pm. 617-353-3350. Morse Auditorium, 602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Fall 2009 Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Jason Fulford.
Lecture: 2-3:30pm. 617-879-7471. Room 406, The Kennedy Building on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

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The Griffin Museum of Photography.
Midwest Memories: Jim Whitehead.
Opening Reception: 7-8:30pm. 781-729-1158. Aberjona River Gallery, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA 01890.

Mazmanian Art Gallery at Framingham State College.
Sand T new works Semi-Simple Opening Reception 4:30-6:30pm. 508-620-1220. 100 State Street Framingham, MA 01701.

Rhode Island School of Design.
Fall 2009 TC Colley Lecture Series: James Hajicek and Carol Panaro-Smith.
Metcalf Auditorium (Chace Center): 7pm. 401-454-6122. 2 College Street, Providence, RI 02903.


The French Library Alliance Francaise of Boston.
Paris in Boston: Photography by Jack Dzamba.  Opening Reception with the Artist: 6-8pm.  617-912-0400.  53 Marlborough Street, Boston, MA.

UMASS Lowell: University Gallery.
Blooms, Efflorescences, and other Dermatological Embellishments: Lauren Kalman.
Artist Talk and Reception: 3-5pm. 978-934-3491. McGauvran Student Union, First Floor, 71 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA 01854.


Photographic Resource Center.
Preview Exhibition for the 2009 PRC Benefit Auction. Opening Reception: 5:30-7:30pm.  617-975-0600.  832 Commonwealth Ave and 808 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.

Stock licensing and pricing: Get the right picture for the right price.  Presentation: 6-8:30pm.  Pearson Education 9th Floor Cafeteria, 501 Boylston Street, Boston.  RSVP by Oct 6 at

Cambridge Art Association.
Seeing Is Forgetting: Catherine Evans, Judy Robinson-Cox, Robert Hesse, Madeleine Lord, and Lorraine Sullivan.
Opening Reception: 6-8pm. University Place Gallery, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Harvard Square.

Garner Center for Photographic Exhibitions.
Delirious Affirmations: photography by Jed Hickson.  Reception with the Artist: 7-9pm.  537 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA.


The Gallery at Hallmark.
A Second Look: Photography by Tony Downer.  Opening Reception: 1-5pm.  Colle Opera House, 85 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA.


DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum.
Women, Culture and Islam: A Cultural Historian’s Perspective on Lalla Essaydi’s Photographs.
Lecture: 1pm. 781-259-8355. 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.
Step off the Beaten Path: Nineteenth-Century Photographs of Rome and its Environs
. Lieberman artist’s perspective: 3pm. 413-458-2303. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA.

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Editor’s Note: We regret that the incorrect times were previously listed for the Members’ Preview and Public Opening Receptions at the DeCordova on October 1.  The correct times are now listed below.


New Art Center.
Making Nice Pictures. Lecture with photographer Peter Vanderwarker. 617-964-3432. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newton, MA.


Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Bearden at Bowdoin: The Art of Romare Bearden.
Opening Reception: 5:30-7pm. 207-725-3275. 9400 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011.

DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum.
Lalla Essaydi: Les Femmes du Maroc and Jules Aarons: In the Jewish Neighborhoods, 1946-1976.
Fall Shows Members’ Preview: 6-7pm; Public Opening: 7-9pm. 781-259-3627. 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

The Hallway Gallery.
Los Kostinas, Corey Corcoran, and John Steck.
Opening Reception: 6-10pm. 66a South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Lesley University.
Jerarquias de Intimidad: Hierarchies of Intimacy: Luis Gonzalez Palma.
The Inaugural Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture: 7pm. Prospect Hall. 617-585-6600. 1803 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138.

SALT Institute for Documentary Studies.
More Than a Rap Sheet: The Real Stories of Incarcerated Women.
Opening Night: 5-8pm, short program at 6:30pm. 207-761-0660. 561 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101.

Williams College Museum of Art.
The Annual Plonsker Family Lecture in Contemporary Art.
Artist Talk with Vik Muniz: 7pm. 413-597-2429. 11 Lawrence Hall Drive, Ste. 2, Williamstown, MA 01267-3248.


The Griffin Museum @ Digital Silver Imaging

Off The Wall- Fashion Photography in Black and White.
Opening Reception: 6-8pm. 781-729-1158. 11 Brighton Street, Belmont, MA.

Khaki Gallery.
“Black & Blue”: Nahid Khaki.
Reception: 6-8pm. 617-432-0105. Khaki Gallery, 460 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118.

Vermont Center for Photography.
Picturing Windham County.  Opening: 5:30-8:30pm.  Vermont Artisan Designs, 2nd floor, 106 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT.


Clark Gallery.
Photographs from Museology: Richard Ross. Opening and book signing: 4-6pm. 781-259-8303. 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum.
Lalla Essaydi: Les Femmes du Maroc.
Artist and Curator Conversation: 3pm. 781-259-8355. 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Peabody Essex Museum.
Adult Workshop: Tintype Photography with Joni Sternbach.
Workshop: 10-5pm. 978-745-9500. Phillips Library Auditorium: East India Square, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970.

The Washington Art Center.
Sugar and Spice by Deborah Morgan, El Putnam, Vanessa r Thompson.
Opening RECEPTION: 6-9pm. 617-623-5315. The Washington Street Art Center, 321 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143.


Fitchburg Art Museum.
Splash and Flash Canoe Trip.
Trip: 9am-1pm. 978-345-4207 x306. Nashoba Paddler, West Groton, MA 01472.

New Art Center.
Decidedly Ambivalent. Gallery Talk with Curators. 4pm. 617-964-3424. 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA 02460.


Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Fall 2009 Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Laura Letinsky.
Lecture: 2-3:30pm. 719-330-4151. Room 406, The Kennedy Building on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

UMass Lowell Center for Arts and Ideas.

“Blooms, Efflorescences and Other Dermatological Embellishments” An Installation of Photographs and Objects: Lauren Kalman. Reception: 3-5pm. 978-934-3491. University Gallery, McGauvran Student Center, 71 Wilder Street, Lowell, MA 01854.

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