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2013 Master Lecture Series

Capturing the Changing Cityscape: Visual Expressions of the Built Environment
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 6:00 pm
Panelists: Daniel Feldman, featured artist; Stefanie Klavens, featured artist; and Chris Gervais, co-chair of the BSA Architectural Photography Network
Moderator: Peter Vanderwarker, architectural photographer
BSA Space and Atlantic Wharf Gallery, 290 Congress Street, Boston
Reception follows program

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In partnership with the Boston Society of Architects
Co-sponsored by the Boston Preservation Alliance

Stefanie Klavens, Beach Colony, 2011.
Atlantic Wharf Gallery is the most recent home of The Space in Between, which focuses on built environments in urban settings. This exhibition offers intelligent, artistic interpretations of our present societal condition via the constructed realm, and the images portray a timeless feel, preserving a particular expression of culture for generations to come. 
In celebration of this exhibit and its pertinence to Boston, BSA Space and the Photographic Resource Center invite you to a panel discussion and reception that will explore how architects and photographers capture a constantly changing cityscape, and how aesthetic and archival concerns come into play when photographing the urban environment. Moderated by renowned architectural photographer Peter Vanderwarker, panelists include featured artists Stefanie Klavens and Daniel Feldman, and Chris Gervais, co-chair of the BSA Architectural Photography Network.

Neal Rantoul: New Works and New Shows
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 6:30 pm
BU College of Arts & Sciences, Room 522
705 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
$10 General Public | $5 Members and Students (must present valid membership card or student id)
No charge for members of BU community and students of PRC member institutions >>

Neal Rantoul, MA Islands.

Neal Rantoul will show and discuss recent projects with an emphasis on his aerial work and photographs made over the past two or three years. With interests as diverse as the Spallanzani collection of human and animal deformities in Reggio Emilia, Italy to the islands that are restricted as private land off the coast of Massachusetts, Rantoul will speak to the freedom of choice we have in our work and how we need to follow our inner voices when deciding at what we choose to point our camera. This lecture precedes two regional exhibitions featuring Rantoul’s work this April and May: a two person show at Panopticon Gallery and a solo show at the Danforth Museum.

Neal Rantoul is a career artist and teacher. He has taught photography since 1971. He is an emeritus professor and was head of the Photography Program at Northeastern University for thirty years and taught for thirteen years at Harvard University as well. He retired from Northeastern in January 2012. Rantoul has work in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); the DeCordova Sculpture Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA); the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA); the High Museum (Atlanta, GA); the Kunsthaus (Zurich, Switzerland); the Center for Creative Photography (Tucson, AZ); and Princeton University (NJ). He is the recipient of many awards and grants, including a Whiting Foundation Fellowship; a Lightwork residency (Syracuse, NY); RSDF, FDP and IDF grants from Northeastern University; and he was a finalist twice for the Massachusetts Cultural Council award. Rantoul is an active member of the Board of Directors of the PRC and is on the Board of Corporators at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Since retiring Rantoul has been teaching workshops, traveling, and making new work. He has two shows coming up in April 2013, one at the Danforth Museum in Framingham and another at Panopticon Gallery in Boston.

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New Techniques in Narrative Documentary: A Conversation with Alan Chin and Joseph Rodriguez
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 6:30 pm
BU College of General Studies, Room 511
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
$10 General Public | $5 Members and Students (must present valid membership card or student id)
No charge for members of BU community and students of PRC member institutions >>

Student groups are encouraged to make reservations ahead of time. There is no charge for educator attending with Institutional Member student group.

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Joseph Rodriguez, Four migrant workers live in a crowded trailer outside Raleigh, NC, 2007.

Alan Chin and Joseph Rodriquez, two renowned photojournalists and documentary photographers, will discuss in conversation format visual storytelling using still photography as the primary media.

Chin will be showing work from the Egyptian Revolution in 2011 and will discuss how he covered it for the alternative news site BagNews and for the Newsweek. Rodriguez recently launched the website Each venue tells a compelling story of social importance using non-standard publishing techniques.

BagNews is focused on the social, cultural and political “reading” of the individual picture. It is an ongoing conversation between citizens, professionals from the photojournalism world, visual scholars and leading instructors and students from liberal arts, communications and photojournalism and journalism., a website using both still images and multimedia, chronicles the life of Jesse De La Cruz, a former drug addict, career criminal and prison gang member, who, after more than 30 years of recidivism, turned his life around.

Chin and Rodriguez will each make a short presentation about their work, and audience participation is encouraged during the Q&A session. Glenn Ruga, PRC Executive Director, will moderate the conversation.

Alan Chin was born and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Since 1996, he has worked in China, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, and many other places in the Middle East and Central Asia. In the US, Alan has explored the South, following the historic trail of the civil rights movement and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, covered the 2008 presidential campaign, and the Occupy Wall Street movement. He is a contributing photographer to Newsweek and The New York Times, and member of Facing Change: Documenting America (FCDA), and an editor at .

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Joseph Rodriguez was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began studying photography at the School of Visual Arts and went on to receive an Associate of Applied Science at New York City Technical College. He worked in the graphic arts industry before deciding to pursue photography further. In 1985 he graduated with a Photojournalism and Documentary Diploma from the International Center of Photography in New York. He went on to work for Black Star photo agency, and print and online news organizations like National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Newsweek, Esquire, Stern, and New America Media. He has received awards and grants from the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism, the Open Society Institute Justice Media Fellowship and Katrina Media Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Mother Jones International Fund for Documentary Photography, and the Alicia Patterson Fellowship Fund for Investigative Journalism. He has been awarded Pictures of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and the University of Missouri, in 1990, 1992, 1996 and 2002. He is the author of Spanish Harlem, part of the American Scene series, by the National Museum of American Art/ D.A.P., as well as East Side Stories: Gang Life in East Los Angeles, Juvenile, Flesh Life Sex in Mexico City, and Still Here: Stories After Katrina. Recent exhibitions include the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York, NY; Moving Walls, Open Society, New York, NY; and Cultural Memory Matters, 601 Art Space, New York, NY.

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Abelardo Morell: My Life in Pictures – So Far
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 2:00 pm
Morse Auditorium, 602 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
FREE and open to the public!

Presented by the Photographic Historical Society of New England and the PRC

Abelardo Morell, Tent-Camera Image On Ground: Rooftop View Of The Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Side, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

This lecture will focus on Abelardo Morell’s early work and how it has influenced and informed his more recent images involving principles of optics and time in the Camera Obscura and Tent/Camera work. Morell will show how his artistic production has been closely married with his technical investigations of finding new ways to make photographs. He will also discuss and present his other photographic projects dealing with Books, Photograms, and Cliché Verres.

Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948. He immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962. Morell received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Bowdoin College and an MFA from The Yale University School of Art in 1981. In 1997 he received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College. He has received a number of awards and grants, which include a Cintas grant in 1992, a Guggenheim fellowship in 1994, a Rappaport Prize in 2006, and an Alturas Foundation grant in 2009 to photograph the landscape of West Texas. He was the recipient of the International Center of Photography 2011 Infinity Award in Art.

His work has been collected and shown in many galleries, institutions and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, the Chicago Art Institute, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Houston Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum and over seventy other museums in the United States and abroad. A retrospective of his work organized jointly by the Art Institute of Chicago, The Getty, and The High Museum in Atlanta will be on view starting in the summer of 2013. His publications include a photographic illustration of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1998) by Dutton Children’s Books, A Camera in a Room (1995) by Smithsonian Press, A Book of Books (2002) and Camera Obscura (2004) by Bulfinch Press, and Abelardo Morell (2005) by Phaidon Press. Recent publications include a limited edition book by the Museum of Modern Art in New York of his Cliché Verre images with a text by Oliver Sacks.

Filmmaker Allie Humenuk has made a film entitled Shadow of the House, an in-depth documentary about Morell’s work and experience as an artist. He lives with his wife, Lisa McElaney, a filmmaker, and his children Brady and Laura in Brookline, Massachusetts.

The Photographic Historical Society of New England (PHSNE), founded in 1973, is one of the largest and most active regional photographic collectors societies. It is a non-profit, tax exempt society focused in New England with over 350 members in 31 states and 10 foreign countries. PHSNE invites collectors, historians, and those interested in the remarkable and exciting history of photography—from pre-photography and the daguerreian period through today's digital photography—to join the society. You will be joining a vibrant society that promotes the knowledge of photographic history and its heritage through a wide range of educational programs.

By joining PHSNE you can:

  • Meet interesting and knowledgeable members, collectors, and experts.
  • Be a part of meetings and events exploring a wide range of photographic topics: photographic history, traditional & alternative processes, collecting images and equipment, and digital processes.
  • Receive PHSNE’s annual publication, The New England Journal of Photographic History and the Society’s newsletter snap shots, monthly September through June.
  • Buy and sell images, cameras, and photographic ephemera at PHSNE’s auctions and twice annual Photographica shows.

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Mary Ellen Mark
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 6:30 pm
BU College of General Studies, Room 129, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
Space is limited. Please arrive early.
Seats are only guaranteed to those who pre-registered. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Co-sponsored by American Society of Media Professionals, Lesley University's College of Art and Design (formerly The Art Institute of Boston), Management Sciences for Health, and New England School of Photography.

Mary Ellen Mark, "Tiny" in Her Halloween Costume, Seattle, Washington, 1983.

Mary Ellen Mark has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions, and editorial magazine work. She has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. Today, she is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. Her images of our world's diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography. Her portrayals of Mother Teresa, Indian circuses, and brothels in Bombay were the product of many years of work in India. A photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the academy award nominated film STREETWISE, directed and photographed by her husband, Martin Bell. Mary Ellen was presented with the Cornell Capa Award by the International Center of Photography in 2001. She has also received the Infinity Award for Journalism, an Erna & Victor Hasselblad Foundation Grant, and a Walter Annenberg Grant for her book and exhibition project on AMERICA. Among her other awards are the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Matrix Award for outstanding woman in the field of film/photography, and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award for outstanding merits in the field of journalistic photography. She was also presented with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from her Alma Mater, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts; three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Photographer of the Year Award from the Friends of Photography; the World Press Award for Outstanding Body of Work Throughout the Years; the Victor Hasselblad Cover Award; two Robert F. Kennedy Awards; and the Creative Arts Award Citation for Photography at Brandeis University. She also has published eighteen books.

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Lou Jones: Designing Your Life
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6:30 pm
BU College of General Studies, Room 511, 871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Online registration is now closed. Tickets will be available at the door.

Lou Jones, Saint Petersburg Russia. © Copyright Lou Jones - FolioLink Website 2013 ISProductions.

The profession of photography can be embraced for commercial or aesthetic reasons. A person can take pictures for art or money. But what if you could use photography as a vehicle on which to build your life? We as photographers are often “hired guns,” putting the finishing touches on other creative peoples’ fantasies – but many of us desire to be proactive and initiate our own projects. We have ideas to produce books, exhibit our work, publish magazine articles, or travel to exotic places. The “real” world strives to squelch creative thought and independent adventures and puts pressure on artists/photographers to conform. Lou Jones will draw upon his extensive work experience to show you how to enlist the element of time as an asset to your creativity, craft, and pocketbook. Your photography can initiate a lifestyle as well as be a source of revenue. This lecture will demonstrate how Jones integrates and aligns his interests and resources to design his life.

The eclectic career of Lou Jones has evolved from commercial to the personal. It has spanned every format, film type, artistic movement, and technological change. He maintains a studio in Boston, Massachusetts and has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations including Federal Express, Nike, and the Barr Foundation; completed assignments for magazines and publishers all over the world such as Time/Life, National Geographic, and Paris Match; initiated long term projects on the civil wars in Central America, death row, Olympics Games, and pregnancy; and published multiple books including Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, Travel & Photography: Off the Charts, and the recently released second edition of Speedlights & Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed.

Jones has served on the boards of directors of numerous photographic associations, societies and museums, such as the American Society of Media Photographers, the Photographic Resource Center, and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Nikon has honored him as a “Legend Behind the Lens” and Lowepro named him one of their “Champions.”

Jones’s work is included in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, Fogg Museum, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Wellesley College, and the University of Texas. His work has remained relevant, progressive, and current throughout his career, and he has mentored dozens of aspiring artists and documentary photographers. He also has been an advocate for artists’ business, legal, and historical rights, as well as visual literacy in all corners of our daily lives.