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2012 Nights at the PRC

Landscape Night
Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.
Guest Host: Janelle Lynch

Open to all photographers interested in landscape photography, in celebration of Janelle Lynch’s Los Jardines de México exhibition in the gallery through the end of January.

Janelle Lynch has garnered international recognition over the last decade for her large-format photographs of the urban and rural landscape. Widely exhibited, her work is in several public and private collections including the George Eastman House Museum (Rochester, NY); the Brooklyn Museum (NY); the Fundación Vila Casas (Barcelona, Spain); and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Salta, Argentina). In 2012, the Robert Morat Galerie (Berlin, Germany) will host a ten-year survey of her work, and the Newark Museum (NJ) will exhibit her River series, which the museum recently acquired. Presently, Lynch is working on a commission for Wave Hill (Bronx, NY), a public garden and cultural center, which will also be exhibited next year. She is currently based in New York City.

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Women in Photography Night
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.
Guest Host: Lisa Kessler
Dedicated to the memory of Paula Lerner

Presenter slots open to female photographers only, but attendance is open to all who are interested in contemporary work by women, in celebration of Vicki Goldberg’s “American Women Photographers” lecture this month.

Lisa Kessler is a 2011 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Lehigh University Art Galleries (PA). She was runner-up for the Honickman Foundation First Book Prize in Photography, Center for Documentary Studies, for her work on the clergy sex abuse crisis in Boston. Facing Peace, Lisa's documentary portrait series made in collaboration with The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, educates the public about the effects of violence on families. Her current book project Seeing Pink explores the idea of the color pink in America and turns that dogma on its head. Trained as a historian and a photojournalist, Lisa holds degrees from Brown University and Boston University. She was a Vista Volunteer in Rhode Island and lived in Mexico City for three years. Lisa teaches Documentary Photography at Endicott College in Beverly, MA, and works for editorial, corporate, and non-profit clients.

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Doc Night
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.
Guest Host: Dominic Chavez

Open to all photographers interested in documentary photography or photography focusing on health-related issues, in celebration of the PRC’s Global Health project.

Since 1991, Dominic Chavez has covered a wide range of domestic and international issues. He has reported from the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan to the war-torn streets of Angola. He has recorded the effects of the ongoing drug war in Colombia, and documented many health issues facing the nations of Africa. Presently, he is focusing on global health issues. Chavez has produced six books: Well Being with Johns Hopkins University, From the Ground Up with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Airborne with the World Health Organization, A Line Drawn in the Sand with Harvard University, Passion Beyond Normal with CGIAR, and AIDS in Nigeria with Harvard University. Chavez received a Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellowship in 2007–2008 and has been recognized with many awards. In 2004, he won First Place International in Pictures of the Year International for his work during the Iraq War. Also in 2004, Dominic received the Media Excellence Award by the Global Health Council for his work on the AIDS crisis in Africa. In 2000, he was awarded Photographer of the Year from the Boston Press Photographers Association for his work in Afghanistan, Angola, and Colombia.

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Open Night - CANCELLED
Previously called "Tech Night"
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.

Open Night (formerly Tech Night) scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 at the PRC has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will plan to join us for our exciting Nights at the PRC in May and June.

Large Format Night
Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.
Guest Host & Lead Presenter: Chris Churchill

Open to all photographers using large format cameras, regardless of theme or subject matter. Four presenters only. Featuring short presentation, discussion, and book signing with Chris Churchill.

Christopher Churchill is a Boston-based photographer. His work is held in various public collections that include the Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA); Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC); Center for Creative Photography (Tuscon, AZ); the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA); The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX); and the Smithsonian (Washington, DC). His clients include Businessweek, Esquire, Flaunt, GQ, Inc., Money, New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic Adventurer, PBS American Experience, Salvation Army, Stern, and The Wall Street Journal. His work has been published and exhibited internationally. He was named a Critical Mass top 50 in 2010. His first monograph, American Faith, was published this year by The Joy of Giving Something and Nazraeli Press.

"American Faith is a sprawling, anecdotal tour that explores the meaning of faith in amazing variety." -The Wall Street Journal

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Alt Night
Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.
Guest Host & Lead Presenter: Jesseca Ferguson

Open to all photographers using “alternative” or “original” processes, from handmade to antiquarian to pinhole, in celebration of photography’s wonderful eccentricities! Five presenters only.

Jesseca Ferguson has worked with pinhole photography and hand-applied 19th century photo processes since 1990. Her pinhole photographs and collaged “photo objects” have been included in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and the UK. International museums holding her work include the Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris, France); the Museum of the History of Photography (Krakow, Poland); Brandts Kladefabrik (Odense, Denmark); and the Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey (Chippenham, UK). In the US, her work has been collected by the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA); and the Ransom Center for the Humanities (Austin, TX). Handmade Pictures by Jesseca Ferguson, a solo show of 35 works, was on exhibit at the Fox Talbot Museum in England from January through June 2011. Ferguson lives, works, and teaches in Boston.

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Fashion Photography Night

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.
Guest Host: Sybylla Smith

Open to all photographers, photo enthusiasts, and fashionistas interested in fashion photography, in celebration of Boston Fashion Week. Six presenter slots open.

Designer, stylist, art director, and curator J. Sybylla Smith is driven by the beauty of fashion and photography. A graduate of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Smith designed a women’s wear collection under the label Syb & Joe. Represented by Ennis, Inc. to work on international advertising and editorials campaigns for a decade, she went on to freelance, focusing solely on fashion photography. Smith's work has been published in venues as diverse as W, Rolling Stone, and People. Whether as Creative Director for a global luxury hotel's marketing campaign, Art Director for a classic retailer's extreme sportswear catalog, or as Wardrobe Stylist shooting an IBM campaign with Kodak's Icon Photographer Dan Winters, Smith creates a dynamic visual language.

As curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography at Digital Silver Imaging gallery, Sybylla Smith has exhibited the work of 65 photographers in fifteen shows over three years, dedicating a fashion-related show to open during Boston’s Fashion Week. Smith approaches portfolio reviews with equal interest in composition, content, and concept. Curious about the photographer’s intent and process, she distills the images that are the strongest statement of that photographer’s unique style and voice. A former adjunct professor at Hofstra University, Smith is a current guest lecturer at Harvard University, Wellesley College, Bay State College, and Mass Art.

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Portrait Night
Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.
Guest Host & Lead Presenter: Lydia Panas

Open to all photographers and photo enthusiasts interested in portrait photography, featuring a short presentation, discussion, and book signing with Lydia Panas. Four presenters only.

Lydia Panas is an award–winning photographer whose work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and internationally. Lydia was one of nine artists to be selected by Houston Fotofest curators for the prestigious International Discoveries Exhibition in 2007 and won First Prize for the Publisher’s Choice Singular Image at CENTER, Santa Fe, NM. Lydia’s work has been published extensively in publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Photo District News, Popular Photography, and The Wall Street Journal Blog. Her work is included in numerous collections including Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and MoMA Shanghai. Lydia holds degrees from Boston College, the School of Visual Arts, and New York University/International Center of Photography. She has also received a Whitney Museum Independent Study Fellowship. Her first monograph is The Mark of Abel, released by Kehrer Verlag and named one of Photo District News “Best Books of 2012.”

The Mark of Abel will be available for purchase at Portrait Night.

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Architecture Night
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 6 – 8 p.m.
Guest Host: Peter Vanderwarker

Open to all photographers and photo enthusiasts interested in architectural photography or work based on the built environment, in celebration of The Space in Between exhibit in the gallery this month. Six presenter slots available.

Peter Vanderwarker spends his professional time making powerful photographs for architects, magazine editors, and corporations. He travels and exhibits extensively. He also does personal work and is represented by Gallery NAGA, Boston. His work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA) and the Addison Gallery of American Art (Andover, MA) and has been published internationally in books and in magazines. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation have supported Peter Vanderwarker’s work, and he has received Institute Honors from the American Institute of Architects.