PRC eNewsletter
July 27, 2010
Crisis & Opportunity: Documenting the Global Recession

Read Boston Globe review.
Read Boston Phoenix review.

Photo by Tomasz Tomaszewski

Produced by, this show features the work of four photographers who are the winners of a call for entries on the global recession. The exhibit was first exhibited at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY, February 16-March 14.

First place winner is Tomasz Tomaszewski from Poland for his exhibit "Hades?", an exploration of workers in Upper Silesia, Poland who are loosing their jobs and ways of life as a result of the global recession and economic restructuring.

For more information, see
Michal Chelbin: Strangely Familiar
September 7 - October 31, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, September 16, 6:30 - 8pm
Artist Lecture: Tuesday, October 19, 7pm

Jenya in My Hotel Room, Ukraine, Color Coupler Print 2005

"Because I shoot portraits I can say that people are my first inspiration. They are intriguing, mysterious, and unsolved."
-Michal Chelbin (from 9/4/2008 interview on Nymphoto)

Michal Chelbin (born 1974, Haifa, Israel) started making pictures when she was 15, and honed her skills as a photographer during her compulsory service in the Israeli military. Following four years of study in Haifa, Chelbin began pursuing personal photographic projects and traveled in Russia, Ukraine, England, and Israel making the portraits that appear in Strangely Familiar (also the title of her 2008 Aperture monograph; The Black Eye, her new book, is forthcoming from Twin Palms). The body of work on display at the PRC this fall demonstrates Chelbin's search for those displaying a "legendary" quality, which she describes as "a mix between odd and ordinary."

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PRC 35th Anniversary Gala

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       Tuesday, November 9, 2010

       6 pm - 10 pm

To honor our members, supporters, and founders for bringing us to where we are today, we will be having a Gala Banquet on Tuesday, November 9 at the Photonics Center Colloquium Room at Boston University. The Gala will be an elegant evening overlooking Boston from the 9th floor of this modern building on the Boston University Campus designed as a research center for photographic imaging. Cocktails will be followed by a three-course dinner and dessert. At the Gala, we will give awards to PRC founders Chris Enos and Carl Chiarenza, followed by a keynote address by an acclaimed speaker (TBA). We will also have a gallery of photography by leading New England photographers to raise funds for our next 35 years.

We hope you can join us for this momentous occasion. Invitations and complete details will be available in the fall.
PRC Announces Publication of 35th Anniversary Portfolios
In honor of the PRC's 35th anniversary, we are offering three specially-priced, limited edition portfolios. Prints from our popular Members Print Program are available for a limited time in three collections-Platinum, Palladium, and Silver. The portfolios are bound in folios custom made by Portfolio Box (Pawtucket, RI) using Japanese cloth. All folios are 24 x 20 inches with a PRC logo on to the cover.

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PRC's Inaugural "Night" a Popular Success

There were nine portfolios shown in the gallery on our first Documentary Night, July 22. All in attendance were enthusiastic about the event as a way for photographers from different circles to share common interests in an open and encouraging environment. Some came just to look, and all attendees learned from the range of images and experiences offered for consideration. The distance-traveled prize goes to Andrea Stultiens, who was visiting from the Netherlands.

As attendee Lisa Chioffi wrote:
"I really enjoyed the evening. The diversity of projects and techniques was a refreshing source of inspiration for my own creative ideas. The gathering was intimate enough to hear something about everyone's personal journey in photography: their equipment, their failures along the way, their inspirations. A very supportive peer environment. The overall format and time allotted were excellent, and wine and snacks were a nice touch."

Click to read more & learn about upcoming "Nights at the PRC."
Anyone have a spare DSLR camera and tripod?

Although we are New England's premiere fine art photography organization, we do not have a digital SLR camera or tripod for our in-house use. If you have such a camera and/or tripod in working condition, and if you want to donate it to a worthy organization, please call us at 617-975-0600 or email to
from the blog

Critical voices: Mary Abbe

I am always surprised when a visual arts critic is willing to voice some real criticism of a photographer's work. My hometown arts writer, Mary Abbe for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, recently wrote the following, surprisingly bracing observations:

"[The photographer]'s characters seem less a record of modern life than archetypes of suffering. They are intensely physical, but also strangely dematerialized, like a galaxy of Catholic saints chosen to represent the miseries and mysteries to which the human condition is prey. With their stagey poses and visibly tortured souls, they read as characters in a modern morality play. Pathos aside, the figures are often repellent because the photographer has made them so with his juiced color, harsh light, and unrelenting narrative."

To
Christian Waeber
by George Slade

End of the Road

Human vision is handicapped when it comes to seeing nighttime colors. Compare a colorful scene you know well in daylight with its achromatic aspect at night. But this does not mean that color vanishes; Christian Waeber's photographs of the Big Dig, as it entered its final stages in the mid-2000s, prove it.

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LISTINGS: Photo Events in New England

July 29
Copley Society of Art
Summer Members' Show 2010: Wanderlust (July 29-August 26) Members' Reception: July 29, 5:30-7:30pm. 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116. 617-536-5049.

July 31

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Out of the Box: Photography Portfolios from the Permanent Collection (through October). Artist Talk with Marcus Halevi: July 31, 3pm. 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773. 781-259-8355.

Gallery 4
The Art of Polaroid (July 31-September 6) Opening Reception: July 31, 4-7pm. 3848 Main Road, Tiverton 4 Corners, RI. 401-816-0999.

John Paul Caponigro
Annual Exhibition 2010 (Artist Talk: July 31, 2pm) 73 Cross Road, Cushing, ME 04563. 207-356-0578.

August 1
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Barbara Norfleet: Landscapes of War (May 15-Aug 29) Eye Wonder: Guest Artist Keith Johnson: August 1, 1-3pm. 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773. 781-259-8355.

John Paul Caponigro
Annual Exhibition 2010 (Artist Talk: August 1, 2pm) 73 Cross Road, Cushing, ME 04563.

August 1-6
The Schoolhouse Gallery
The Narrative Portrait: Photography Workshop lead by Amy Arbus
(August 1-6, 9am-12pm). 494 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657. 508-487-4800.

August 3
Cade Tompkins Projects
Elements of Nature: Part II (July 9-August 27) Reception: August 3, 6-8pm. 198 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906. 401-751-4888.

August 6
Gallery Kayafas
Palm Press Portfolios & Rhode Island School of Design MFA Photography 2010 (July 23 - August 14) Reception: August 6, 5:30-8pm. 450 Harrison Ave #37, Boston, MA 02118.  617 482-0411.

August 7
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Out of the Box: Photography Portfolios from the Permanent Collection (through October). Artist Talk with Jo Sandman August 7, 3pm. 51 Sandy Pond Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773. 781-259-8355.

August 8
New England School of Photography
Open House (August 8, 11-2pm) Please RSVP to or 617-437-1868. 537 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. 617-437-2868.

Click here for a complete list of current exhibitions and events.


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