Nights at the PRC

This free, informally-structured program fosters a sense of community with photographers, PRC members, and students by offering an opportunity to share images and insights about particular topics in contemporary photographic practice and receive feedback about their work.

Would you like to show your work to a group of passionate photographers and enthusiasts and gather feedback? Then join us for a lively evening of conversation on rotating themes, held monthly on Wednesdays during our exhibition season, led by our guest hosts for "Nights at the PRC"! Interested audience members without work are also encouraged to participate, no reservations needed. While we do provide some food and drink, everyone is welcome to bring refreshments, too.
You must be a PRC member to present, please visit our membership page to join or renew, but the general public can attend as engaged audience members for FREE!

Sign up to present your work by emailing (
the first four people to sign up will have a chance to show their work, first come, first served) AND please include "SIGNUP FOR NIGHTS: (Month's THEME)" in the subject line of your email as well as your requested date/theme.

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Upcoming Nights at the PRC and Schedule

TUESDAY October 3rd, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Artist host: Tonee Harbert -
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SPECIAL LOCATION: Washington Street Gallery at the Washington Art Center, 321 Washington Street Somerville, MA, 02143

The PRC is pleased to restart our monthly "Nights" series with a special version of our program held in conjunction with the Somerville Toy Camera Festival on our new side of the river! We are also excited to report that the kind folks at the Washington Art Center are extending their version of the tri-partite exhibitions -- thus presenting or attending is a great last chance to see the show in their gallery!

Do you use lo-fi cameras and a "slow" approach to photography? Then consider signing up to share your work and/or attending this exciting thematic program presented by the PRC, the Somerville Toy Camera Festival, and the Washington Art Center! The PRC welcomes presenters and engaged audience members to share, show, and speak.

ABOUT THE NIGHT: Plastic lenses, cardboard pinhole cameras, “frankengear” hybrids created by joining parts from various cameras together — such decidedly low-tech and altered equipment can create highly evocative and surprisingly powerful photographs. On film, of course! This Night is devoted to work created with toy and other lo-fi film cameras offering minimal (if any) exposure or focus controls and a big sense of adventure. After a presentation by our artist host on his work and working with such cameras, we'll hear from and discuss presenters' work.

ABOUT THE HOST: Tonee Harbert is a documentary and fine art photographer and his frequent subjects have been people and the landscape of Maine. For his current artwork, he uses a plastic “Diana” camera to capture mysterious landscapes and surreal interventions of the human touch on our world.

Harbert has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Community Foundation. He co-authored with Carolyn Chute, a book entitled "Elmer Walker: Hermit to Hero."This project was also featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Harbert has contributed to other photography books, including Maine: A Peopled Landscape and Homeless in America. Harbert's work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Danforth Museum of Art, University of Miami, ICA at Maine College of Art, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. In 2013, he won a New England Emmy award. His work has also been included in two motion pictures: Home Less Home (independent) and Message in a Bottle (Warner Brothers). Harbert received a degree in Visual Communication from Ohio University.

Image: Tonee Harbert, Portland, Maine, from the series "Man Made," 2009


More Nights dates and a full slate of Fall hosts & themes to be announced SOON!

Guidelines for Showing Work at Nights at the PRC

Nights presenters may only show work at one Nights per season in order to allow for a variety of presentations and we request that presenters work aligns with the monthly theme. Presenters may show either prints or digital files using the PRC computer and projector. Please be prepared to speak about your work/project for approximately 5-7 minutes with audience discussion and feedback afterwards. Each presenter’s time slot cannot exceed 15 minutes.
Please limit the number of images to 20.

If you are showing digital files, please bring your images or slide show on a portable flash drive, CD, or external hard drive and plan to arrive at least ten minutes early so that we have time to copy the files to our computer.
We can support the following formats:

• Loose jpgs
• PowerPoint
• Keynote

Please note: If you choose to bring your own laptop, you must provide the VGA adaptors to connect to the projector.

Credit: Renée Kristine Ricciardi shares her work at "Identity and Portraiture" Night, January 2014, hosted by Caleb Cole.  See more images from Nights in our Flickr albums:

"Thank you so much for hosting the evening---and also for the useful wrap-up.  It's one of the most interesting presentations in re photographers working at the edges that I've yet to attend, and as that, inspiring. Looking forward0 to more." --Ellen Gower

"The evening was a very rich program . . . just amazing. And, how fortunate that the PRC presents a venue for these presentations, to everyone's benefit." --David Ricketts






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