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January 6, 2011
Mary Virginia Swanson: Beyond Print -- Creative Communication in the Digital Era

Saturday, January 29, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Class size: 200 maximum
Members: $60/Non-members: $100
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Mary Virginia SwansonMary Virginia Swanson helps photographers find the strengths in their work and identify appreciative audiences in today's marketplace. This will be a large, information-packed, and fast-paced class. Her lectures on industry awareness and marketing opportunities in the arts have aided countless photographers in moving their careers to the next level. She is the author of The Business of Photography: Principles and Practices. Swanson and co-author Darius Himes have recently completed Publish Your Photography Book (to be released February 2011).

PRC members who have registered for this seminar are eligible for reduced rates on a one-on-one consulting session with Ms. Swanson. Please contact her at [email protected] before Monday, January 24, to schedule an appointment.

January NEO
John Rich: Miles to Go

Massachusetts Senior Olympic Games, 90-year-old Shea Smith

Where are we headed? What is the way of all flesh? Can we rely on these bodies to carry us the rest of our increasingly long lives?

Judging from the individuals John Rich has photographed, septuagenarians (at least) and elite athletes every one, it would appear that propelling ourselves across land or water, up stairs or in rowing shells, with significant exertion can be a way to ensure vitality. Each of these people has a glow. Confidence, it appears, comes from conditioning. No one in these images seems beaten down by age. In fact, they still seem to be climbing, in spite of everything that convention might throw at them.



NEO Archives Redesigned and Back Online

neo_archivesThe first NEO portfolio of 2011 features John Rich's inspiring (and humbling) portraits of elite senior athletes in Miles To Go. Visitors to the NEO site will also note that thanks to dedicated intern work, nearly the entire history of the NEO program, which was initiated by former PRC curator Leslie K. Brown in 2003, is now uploaded into the new site. It's searchable by name or year, which is helpful since nearly seventy artists are featured there. In the new year, look for portfolios by various regional artists, most of whom have surfaced through the monthly PRC member portfolio reviews with George Slade.


PRC Annual Fund Closes January 31st

We would like to thank everyone who has made a contribution to the PRC 2010 Annual Fund. This has been a terrific year for the PRC. We have continued to bring the quality programming that the PRC is known for to our members and to the public. We could not have achieved this without the support of so many individual donors, enabling us to thrive in these difficult economic times. Every single one of your contributions, large or small, is important to us in order to sustain our programming--all built around bringing meaningful photography to New England through our gallery, magazine, lecture series, website, and other communications.

The PRC 2010 Annual Fund officially closes the last day of January. If you have not yet made a contribution, it is not too late to be counted in our most important yearly fundraising appeal.  

Click here to make a secure online contribution today.

Memory/Autobiography Night at the PRC
Wednesday, January 19, 7 - 9 p.m.
Photographic Resource Center
832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Open to all who are interested in photographs addressing memory and the self. These informally structured programs offer opportunities for photographers to share images and insights about particular topics in contemporary photographic practice. Contact the PRC at 617-975-0600 or [email protected] to reserve presenter slots. You're also welcome to attend without work as an audience member, no reservations needed. Presenters bring prints or show images on their own laptops, and are asked to make a brief statement about their work. Audience members must bring their curiosity. Everyone is welcome to bring refreshments.

Portfolio Reviews with PRC Curator George Slade
Wednesday, January 26, 1 - 4 pm
Photographic Resource Center
832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

If you would like to reserve a spot for this month's portfolio review, please call the PRC at 617-975-0600 on January 19 at 10 am SHARP. This opportunity is for PRC Members only and is on a first come, first serve basis.

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Then/Now: Recent Work by PRC Founders Carl Chiarenza and Chris Enos
Through January 9, 2011

Carl Chiarenza, Peace Warriors (Don Quixote) 342, 2003

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the PRC gallery and the 35th anniversary of the founding of the PRC, the PRC will honor two individuals who were instrumental in the PRC's history and photohistory in Boston, Chris Enos and Carl Chiarenza. Besides their intersecting history, lifelong careers in photo education, and mutual friendship, Enos's and Chiarenza's work shares aesthetic and conceptual affinities, including the use of recycled materials, the transformation and abstraction of the image, and references to painting and landscape. This show celebrates these two remarkable artists and individuals as well as the past and future of the gallery and the PRC itself.

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Peace Warriors and Solitudes: Recent Photographs by Carl Chiarenza - Organized and circulated by the University of Richmond Museums, Virginia

Jeff Jacobson: Melting Point
January 18, 2011 - March 20, 2011
Opening reception: Thursday, February 3, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Lecture with Jeff Jacobson and David Strick: Tues., March 8, 7 pm

Shanghai, China, 2002

Melting Point reflects over 20 years of Jeff Jacobson's observations of what he describes as "a meltdown period, when old norms of politics, religion and even photography are changing.... In working from the paradox of a curious melding of beauty and fear these photographs emerged."

While photographing the American presidential campaign in 1976 Jacobson began using color film-Kodachrome, particularly in innovative ways, branching out from the black-and-white norms that dominated documentary-style photography at the time.

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EXHIBITION REVIEW: Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 at Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Veruschka, dress by Kimberly, New York, January 1967
Richard Avedon The Richard Avedon Foundation

Review by Alissa Darsa, PRC Intern.

Richard Avedon (1923-2004) is credited with redefining the industry of fashion photography in a career that spans more than sixty years. His photographs, on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, are iconic portraits of celebrities and models alike, captured in vibrant images that changed the face of the American woman.

Avedon had what many considered a singular relationship to fashion. Though he stated that you cannot separate fashion from the world, he believed fashion merely provided the textile, pattern, and color against which to portray his true subjects-women. Throughout his career, Avedon remained captivated by women, what was going on in their heads, under their hats, and behind their eyes. While the textiles may have been secondary, it is clear from his photographs that Avedon's subjects derived emotions from their clothes. These women allowed themselves to be defined by fashion, which served as a vehicle through which they exuded joy, drama, and glamour.

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listingsNew England Photography Events

January 6
Panopticon Gallery
Contemporary Culture: Brian Kaplan and Erik Schubert (January 6 - February 22; Reception with the artists: January 6, 5:30-7:30)
502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215. 617-267-8929.

January 7
Gallery Kayafas
Brian Doan: they aren't ugly (December 3 - January 15; Reception: January 7, 5:30-8pm)
450 Harrison Avenue #37, Boston, MA 02118. 617-482-0411.

Howard Yezerski Gallery
Denise Markia: Effaced 1 (January 7 - February 8; Opening Reception: January 7, 6-8pm) 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA 02118. 617-262-0550.

Peter Remis Gallery - Governor's Academy
Between Land and Sea, The Great Marsh (January 3 - February 4; Opening Reception: January 7, 7-8pm) 1 Elm Street, Byfield, MA 01922. 978-465-1763.

Vermont Center for Photography
Doing Time: Images From Eastern State Penitentiary, Photographs by Martin Frank (January 7 - January 30; Opening Reception: January 7, 5:30-8:30) 49 Flat St., Brattleboro, VT 05301. 802-251-6051.

January 9
Griffin Museum of Photography
Syria: Faces of the People (January 4 - 12, 2011; Gallery Talk: January 9, 3-4:30) 67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA 01890. 781-729-1158.

January 11
ASMP New England
Pints 'n' Pixels (January 11, 7-9pm). Harpoon Brewery, Boston. 617-951-1499. To pre-register and show your work click here.

January 12
The Garner Center at the New England School of Photography
Window in the Wall (January 12 - February 25; Opening Reception: January 12, 6:30-8:30pm) 537 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. 617-437-1868.

January 13
Copley Society of Art
New Members' Show 2011 (January 13 - February 25; Reception: January 13, 5;30-7:30) 158 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116. 617-536-5049.

Griffin Museum of Photography - Atelier Gallery
Eva Koleva Timoth - Lost in Learning: The Art of Discovery (January 10 - March 20; Opening with the artist: January 13, 6-7:30pm) 67 Shore Road, Winchester, MA 01890. 781-729-1158.

January 14
The Art Institute of Boston - University Hall Gallery
13th Graduate Exhibition (January 10-15; Wine Reception: January 14, 8-9:30pm) 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA. 617-585-6656.

January 15
The Art Institute of Boston - Main Gallery
13th Graduate Exhibition (January 10 - 15; Reception: January 15, 8-10pm) 700 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215. 617-584-6600.

January 19
Photographic Resource Center
Memory/Autobiography Night (January 19, 7-9pm) 832 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215.  617-975-0600.

Click here for a complete list of current exhibitions, events, and call for entries >>
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