In the summer of 2016 The Photographic Resource Center (PRC) entered a resident partnership with Lesley University in Cambridge. It has been a mutually beneficial venture and has allowed the PRC to continue its programming and exhibitions to encourage and support the photographic arts. In addition to our programming, we were excited to engage with… Read More »Past Features
What I look for is an active imagination, curiosity and engagement with the world: “What is this artist doing with their chosen subject? What is their relationship to their subject and how are they communicating?”
How can you understand the experience of somebody who is losing their mind? It’s an interesting and difficult assignment that Olivia Parker has taken on; her photographic exhibit ‘Vanishing in Plain Sight.’ Review by Joel Howe.
Two trades brought Sally Chapman to her current focus on photography. First, she traded ego for enjoyment. Then she traded the dusty isolation of her ceramics studio for the more sociable world of photography.
By Charlie Conn: “The pool ladder invites me in, I hear the palm trees rustling as I float on my back and I enjoy having the pool all to myself. The image is very inspirational on a cold, ugly Winter day.”
Drawing deep from the Addison Gallery’s stellar permanent collection, the exhibit presents a thoughtful overview of the history and trends of American landscape photography, as well as its more contemporary manifestations.
“To me, the camera is a way to help people, to bring our cultures and lives together. I continuously have this idea, this thought in my mind: The search for human dignity and how to photograph that, and how to talk about it.”
“Boltanski produces short films, composes real or fictional dossiers about his life, reconstructs an accident in which he dies, which has never happened to him, and files ‘moments’ of his life in biscuit tins.”
“I’ve been making long-exposure landscapes, using the 11×14 view camera that I built. The camera is kind of ridiculously cumbersome, but I’m enjoying wrestling with it, as a sort of antidote to the rapid flood of iPhone/Instagram imagery that I find can be a bit overwhelming.”
Ole Brodersen’s photographs are not the usual “decisive moments” in time, but rather are patterns of movement and natural phenomena that are normally unseen, recorded using varying durations of exposure.
Man Ray is the quintessential modernist figure—painter, sculptor, object maker and collagist; filmmaker and printmaker; poet, essayist and philosopher—and the most enigmatic of the Dada-Surrealists who transformed the Paris art world during the ferment of the 1920s and beyond.
Reviewed by Joel Howe: “Ah yes, I remember the good old days of Kodak and Agfa paper, the soft warm tones of Portriga Rapid… I was an art school student of photography in the 1990s, and Schneider’s masterfully printed photographs did indeed evoke feelings of nostalgia for me.”
“My imagination has always been running wild. I used to be a real bookworm, reading all the time, and I think that influenced my imagination a lot. I always liked creating my own world with my own characters, and making photographs for that because it’s the most believable medium.”
By Sophia Namara of PhoPa Gallery: I first saw this portrait at SFMOMA and was immediately drawn to it. A woman’s face stares directly into the camera, her body obscured by bath water. It is an incredibly intimate portrait.
The astounding photographs and accompanying comments by children in this book will inform those concerned about the consequences of poverty and homelessness, while inspiring everyone with their testament to the endurance and innate creativity of the human spirit.
“Volunteering at the PRC, you meet such interesting people,” says Carol Parker. “I like contributing to the sense of community, and having photographers come together.” She has been a stalwart PRC volunteer for years, contributing significant time and expertise.
Events, exhibitions, shows, workshops, lectures…if it’s happening in photography in New England, the new PRC calendar is the place for it. If you’ve got something going on, submit it to our calendar, and we’ll post it for you.
by Eric Luden of Digital Silver Imaging: I especially enjoy many of the early French photographers, including Eugene Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Jacques Henri Lartigue, and appreciate all of these masters and how they documented life.
Approximately 1.4 million people live in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. In autumn of 2012, Marc Ohrem-Leclef set out to portray the people directly and indirectly affected by policies of systematic removal. He returned to the city early in the summer of 2013 to continue this work…
As a 20-something MIT student, Dick studied under Minor White. “I think I was too young to really appreciate what Minor had to offer. But I’ve thought about it since, and what I mostly learned from him was craftsmanship. A lot of my attention to that came from studying with him…”
Susan Hargrave’s early exposure to photography didn’t exactly inspire her: “When I was a child,” she says, “my parents took thousands of snapshots, and I found it annoying.” Despite that inauspicious start, photography became a main focus for her creative impulses.
An exciting new era for the PRC is now underway, inaugurated through a resident partnership with Lesley University College of Art and Design (LUCAD) in their vibrant new building in Porter Square, Cambridge.
We’ve had a big year: a new partnership, a new office, a new website, new back-end operations, and new challenges, opportunities and energy.
These investments set the stage for future success and growth. But they also hit our budget hard. Now we need your tax-deductible financial help to keep us stable and able to deliver the quality PRC programming that you know and love.
When the PRC moved out of its long-time home on Commonwealth Ave, Diane Sheridan was there to help, just as she has been over the years. “It was fun,” she says. “I liked going through all those old archives. A lot of it had to go, but we saved some good stuff that documents the history of the PRC.”
A professional photographer since the 1970s, Paul Light produces work that is both commercially and artistically successful. His art photographs have appeared in Boston-area galleries and museums, including Addison Gallery of American Art, the Fogg Art Museum, and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Paul’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.
We are seeking a new home and potential strategic partnership to continue the exhibitions, workshops, lectures and events that have established the PRC as a local cultural destination and a nationally respected resource.
In 1957, W. Eugene Smith, a 38-year-old magazine photographer, left his comfortable world to move into a dilapidated loft building at 821 Sixth Avenue in New York City. Smith was trying to complete the most ambitious project of his life, a massive photo-essay on the city of Pittsburgh.
Suzanne Revy on Sally Mann’s “The Ditch” (1987): It was published in a New York Times Magazine article about Mann in the early ’90s, which coincided with a weekend visit at my then future in-laws in the New York area. I remember the interesting conversation we had about Mann’s photographs.
Due to COVID 19, we will present our programming virtually and we hope to see you on social media! Dismiss