PRC eNewsletter
August 24, 2010
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.

Honorary Gala Committee: Marie Cosindas, Jim Dow, Frank Gohlke, Henry Horenstein, Lou Jones, Jerome Liebling, Constantine Manos, Laura McPhee, Abelardo Morell, Nicholas Nixon, Barbara Norfleet, John O'Reilly, Eugene Richards, Alex Webb, Cary Wolinsky

Sponsors: Nikon, Robert Klein Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Benefactors: Pamela Allara, Eric and Nanny Almquist, Cathy England, Jay Glasson, Deborah Hawkins, Andrew Kessler, Vittorio Mezzano, Les and Sandy Nanberg, Glenn and Faith Parker, Neal Rantoul, Andrea and Harvey Rosenthal

As of 8.24.2010.

Discounts for PRC Members

One of the many benefits available to PRC members is discounts at businesses in the Boston area that service photographers. Click here to see the discounts currently available to members. If you business would be interested in offering discounts, please call the PRC at 617-9750-0600.

from the blog

Tomorrow's Photographers Today

reGeneration2, published by Aperture

If anyone was tempted to think that there are only a handful of people and places that matter in the photography world, try this project on for size.

This second volume of reGeneration, just released by Aperture, comes five years after the first; not enough time to measure whether the project organizers, William A. Ewing and Nathalie Herschdorfer, are fulfilling their mission, which is to publish and exhibit work by photographers likely to be known in twenty years' time. Nor is it entirely clear that focusing one's curatorial efforts on art school graduates will always yield work of the most lasting value.

But it is clear that Ewing and Herschdorfer have reached out to gather in photography from all over the academic world. The eighty artists in this book have affiliations with some 120 schools, located everywhere from Finland and France to Australia, Lebanon, China, Japan, Argentina, India, and Ecuador. Nearly 720 artists from those schools were "candidates" for the selection, so inclusion in this volume was no mean feat.

To
Annie Claflin
by George Slade

Tiff and Jim on a Lounger, BP, ME

As I write this, on a rainy and suddenly cool Tuesday in late August, summer seems to have packed and left town. This is the first inkling I've had, since May, of a winter to come. Annie Claflin's photographs of her family, while taken in summery and beach-sandy sites in Maine, California, and Florida, have a sense of summer about to leave the stage, of warmth (both thermal and emotional varieties) that is tenuous at best.

Claflin uses photography as a means of exploring relationships between herself and her family. She struggles, as so many do, with finding the best way to represent those closest to you, in the places that speak the family's familiar stories. Interiors of family houses often refer us to spaces outside, even opening doors to allow us egress. Her portraits of family members also seem to refer outside the frame, or so far within it that the photographs often seem as though they've been made without the subject's knowledge. This image of Tiff and Jim catches the couple profoundly distracted from each other, only the merest hint of connectedness despite their being together with skin on skin.

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LISTINGS: Photo Events in New England

August 28
The Schoolhouse Gallery
Mark Adams, Clark Derbes, George Perkins, Thom Lussier, Vicky Tomayko (August 27-September 15) Reception: August 27, 7-10pm. 494 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657. 508-487-4800.

August 28
Boston Photography Center
Boston Public Garden Photo Installation (August 14 & August 28, 1-3pm) Boston Public Garden, Arlington Street Entrance.

September 4
PHOTOSTOP Gallery & Studio
All Aboard, Riding the Rails (September 3 - 25) Opening Reception: September 4, 5-8pm. 85 North Main Street, Suite 150, White River Junction, VT 05001.  802-698-0320.

September 9
Griffin Museum of Photography @ Digital Silver Imaging
Architecture of the New China: Landmark Projects of Beijing (June 30 - September 9) Gallery Talk with the Artist: September 9, 7pm. Common St #236, Belmont, MA 02478. 781-729-1158.

September 10
Kingston Gallery
Twenty Ten: Annual Members' Show (September 1 - September 26) Opening Reception: September 10, 5-7:30pm; South End Open Studios: September 25 & 26, 11am-6pm. 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118. 617-423-4113.

September 10
Gallery Naga
Mary Kocol: Twilight Garden (September 7-October 2) Reception: September 10, 6-8pm. 67 Newbury Street, Boston MA 02116. 617-267-9060.

September 10
Taylor House Bed & Breakfast
Barks of the Arnold Arboretum, Photographs by Erik Gehring
(August 8 - September 26) Reception: September 10, 6-8pm. 50 Burroughs Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. and

September 11
Clark Gallery
Richard Barnes - Murmur (September 1 - September 29) Reception: September 11, 4-6pm. 145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. 781-259-8303.

September 11
Starving Artist Gallery
Piercing Portraits: The Body as Canvas by Elsa Voelcker (September 11 - October 2) Opening: September 11, 3-5pm. 10 West Street, Keene, NH 03431. 603-352-6900.

September 15
Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College
Calculated Risks: New Work by Faculty Artists (September 15-December 12) Opening Reception: September 15, 5:30-7:30pm. Wellesley College, 106 Central Street in Wellesley, MA. 781-283-2051.

September 16
Mass Audubon's Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery
Boundless Journeys: The Quest (September 2 - October 18) Opening Reception & Gallery Talk: September 16, 6-8pm. 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA 02067. 781-784-5691.

September 16
Panopticon Gallery
Heights of Observation: The Photographs of Vittorio Sella (September 9 - November 8) Opening Reception: September 16, 5:30-7:30pm. 502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215. 617-267-8929.

September 16
Photographic Resource Center
Michal Chelbin: Strangely Familiar  (September 7 - October 31) Reception: September 16, 6:30-8:00pm; Portrait Night: September 29, 6:30-8:30pm. 832 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.  617-975-0600.

September 16
Tufts University Art Gallery
Mildred's Lane|Renovating Walden
Mexico Beyond Its Revolution
(September 9-November 14) Opening Reception: September 16, 5:30-8pm. Aidekman Arts caner, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155. 617-627-35118.

September 18
Massachusetts Audubon Society
The Cape: My Backyard (September 18 - October 31) Opening Reception and Artist Lecture: September 18, 4-6pm. 291 State Highway, Route 6, South Wellfleet, MA 02663. 508-349-2615.

September 19
29 Newbury Street
Patagonia Lights (September 4 - October 20) Opening Reception: September 19, 4-6pm. 29 Newbury Street, Boston 02116.

September 23
Baker Library Historical Collections
The High Art of Photographic Advertising (though October 9) Gallery Talk: September 23, 4pm in the North Lobby. Harvard Business School, Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA 02163. 617-496-6364.

September 25 & 26
Kingston Gallery
Twenty Ten: Annual Members' Show (September 1 - September 26) South End Open Studios: September 25 & 26, 11am-6pm. 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118. 617-423-4113.

September 25 & 26
Photographic Historic Society of New England
Photographica Analog Camera and Image Show (September 25 and 26)  American Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA.

September 16
Photographic Resource Center
Michal Chelbin: Strangely Familiar  (September 7 - October 31) Reception: September 16, 6:30-8:00pm; Portrait Night: September 29, 6:30-8:30pm. 832 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.  617-975-0600.

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