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August 3, 2011


Lydia Harris: Without Love - Death



Connected, 2010. 


Lydia Harris is a visual artist who combines her fascination of light, form, the natural world, and the world created by humans into photographic images. She is equally interested in capturing what we can and cannot see with the naked eye. 




July 21 - August 20, 2011



Juror Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography at The New Yorker, selected work by 10 contemporary photographers from across North America to comprise the sixteenth iteration of the PRC's highly regarded annual juried exhibition. She made her selection from an original pool of 170 submissions.


Tealia Ellis Ritter, My dream is to be famous, Archival Piezo Print, 2007. 






Best of Show: Tealia Ellis Ritter >>

From the ten artists in EXPOSURE 2011, Whitney Johnston chose one, Tealia Ellis Ritter, to receive the Best of Show award.


"After judging the work on my computer screen exclusively, it was a pleasure (and a bit of a relief) to see the photographs on the walls at PRC. Upon entering the gallery, I was immediately struck by the work of Tealia Ellis Ritter; her portraits, in particular, of strangers she's approached on the street in suburban Chicago, are quite arresting, each subject drawing in the viewer with his or her gaze."

--Whitney Johnson, Juror   


Artists featured in EXPOSURE 2011:

Steven Beckly Single Rooms

Eliot Dudik Road Ends in Water 

Tealia Ellis Ritter The Live Creature and Ethereal Things

Elizabeth Libert Libert & Company 

Dina Litovsky Untag This Photo

Rania Matar A Girl and Her Room 

Mary Beth Meehan Undocumented

Monika Merva The City of Children

Dana Mueller The Devil's Den

Jason Reblando New Deal Utopias


Read more about the artists' projects and bios >> 

Read Boston Globe review by Mark Feeney>>



Honorable Mention Nominees and Winners

From the 170 submissions, the PRC staff nominated a group of eight for honorable mentions. From that group, two were chosen as honorable mentions winners.


Isa Leshko - to be featured in NEO, November 2011

Agnieszka Sosnowska - to be featured in Loupe, February 2012

Mary Ellen Bartley

Adam Brochstein

Erika Duran

Joan Fitzsimmons

Yusuke Suzuki

Amy Thompson

Books for Sale at the PRC 


Road Ends in Water by
Eliot Dudik

A limited number are signed.
PRC members receive 15% discount.








The City of Children by
Monika Merva 

A limited number are signed.

PRC members receive 15% discount.






To purchase, stop by the PRC or call 617-975-0600.

Jerome Liebling, Photo League Photographer and Founder of Hampshire College Photography Program, Dies at 87


The PRC was saddened to learn of the death of Jerome Liebling, one of the most important documentary photographers to come out of the immediate post-war experience. He established the film, photography, and video program at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1969. Liebling was also an early Board member of the PRC in 1977 and gave a workshop and lecture at the PRC in 1985.


His career spanned a tremendous body of work, sprouting from his two-year tenure with the Photo League beginning in 1947. The members of the Photo League included Paul Strand, Aaron Siskind, and Ruth Orkin, but was eventually forced to close in 1951 due to its communist roots during the Cold War when Washington was weeding out Communist sympathizers. The careers of many talented artists were destroyed during this time but Liebling was never personally charged and went on to establish the photography department at the University of Minnesota in 1949 before he moved to Amherst to do the same for the Hampshire College.


Liebling and the body of work that he created became a standard for photographers to strive towards. Photography, as he saw it, is a tool with which we document and explore our world by means of making wise commentary on both the most personal and the political relationships.


Since Liebling's death, numerous thoughtful and heartfelt obituaries have been written by western Massachusetts newspapersthe New York TimesHampshire College, and by James Estrin from the New York Times Lens Blog who studied with Liebling at Hampshire College. 

ChallengeTHIS a Success! 

PRC Completes 2011 Summer Photography Intensive 



Barbara Bosworth sharing her work with students in ChallengeTHIS.


PRC Youth Education Director Sejal Patel spent a week in July with six creative and energetic high school students exploring the visual and critical complexities of the world around. Helping her with this task were visiting artists Barbara Bosworth, Neal Rantoul, and Olivia Parker. Click here to see photographs from the week and read about their experiences.

Fall 2011 Internships

Application Deadline: August 18, 2011


The PRC offers internships that provide insight into the inner workings of non-profit visual arts institutions. Those with an interest in photography, visual arts, exhibitions, and/or arts administration are encouraged to apply.


More Information and application details >>

All the World is a Stage: Costa's Boston

Street Photography Workshop with Magnum Photographer Constantine Manos

September 8-12, 2011
Workshop fee: $810 PRC members / $850 general public
For more information & to register >>


Learn or perfect urban street photography in Boston with world-renowned Magnum photographer Constantine Manos. The city of Boston is your stage to explore, but let the master critique your creative images. Manos will conduct this five-day workshop exclusively for the PRC September 8-12, 2011.

Manos has developed an international reputation as a pioneer street photographer, using the standard tools of the trade--a small-format camera and a wide angle lens--to explore the most intimate moments and the visually compelling portraits of the cacophony of humanity played out on public thoroughfares. Manos' unique vision borrows from the intelligence and formal structure of Cartier-Bresson, the humor of Winogrand, and the critique of Frank to bring us beautiful, insightful, and structurally complex frames of his world.

PRC 2011 Benefit Auction Update  


Dominic Chavez
Dominic Chavez, Untitled, 2011, 24 x 26 inches, archival pigment print.


The donation period for the auction is now closed. The PRC thanks everyone who has submitted work. We will be contacting all the artists shortly to confirm their entry and discuss any outstanding details regarding complimentary tickets, framing, delivery of work, etc. 


But what is 130+ pieces of fantastic art if we cannot fill the 808 Gallery with the collectors and buyers of this great work! Stay tuned for ticket information! We hope that the community of collectors and art lovers in the greater Boston area will put this event on their social calendar and come to the auction on October 15 to support the leading center for creative photography in New England and the artists who create the vibrant and dynamic cultural scene of Boston.


Special Auction Event

Vintage and Modern: Tips on Collecting Photography with Alice Zimet
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 6:30 - 10:00 pm  


This fun, social workshop, held in the 808 Gallery two nights before the auction, will focus on the beginner basics of collecting, with a particular spotlight on the PRC 2011 Benefit Auction pieces. Alice Zimet is a member of the Collections Committee of the Harvard Art Museums, the International Center of Photography's Exhibitions Committee, and one of two non-photographer board members of the new Magnum Foundation. 
More information >>


Auction Ticket Information

Tickets to the live auction are $100. Doors open at 5:30 pm for a reception, gourmet hors d'oeurves, and open bar, with the live auction beginning at 7:00 pm. Tickets to the silent auction are $25 for PRC Members and $35 for the general public. Doors open at 8:15 pm for the silent auction and include wine, beer, appetizers, dessert, and coffee. (And a very lively party!). Artists who have work in the auction will receive complimentary tickets.


PRC 2011 Benefit 


Saturday, October 15   

808 Gallery, 
Boston University


Auction include photographs by:  

Carl Chiarenza
Elsa Dorfman
Arthur Leipzig
Rania Matar
Arno Minkkinen
Susan Meiselas
John O'Reilly
Olivia Parker
Robert Richfield 
August Sander
William Wegman 

Auction Sponsors

Art Institute of Boston
Digital Silver Imaging


Meridian Printing
Puritan Press   Stanhope Framers
Vineyard Road   


Auction Benefactors

Joseph & Cailleen Bernardi 
Cathy England
Alan Geismer 
Faith & Glenn Parker
John & Olivia Parker 
Karl & Teryn Weintz 


Sponsors and Benefactors as of
August 3, 2011.


 Click for complete information on the PRC 2011 Benefit Auction 

New England Photography Events    

August 5

Vermont Center for Photography

Found Art  (August 5-28; Opening Reception: August 5, 5:30-8:30pm) 85 Avenue A, Turner Falls, MA.

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
Exhibition of SDN 2010 Call for Entries  (August 5- September 28; Opening Reception: August 5, 5-8pm) 561 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101. 207-761-0660    

August 18
Watertown Free Public Library
Mount Auburn Cemetery (August 2-30; Opening Reception: August 18, 7pm) 123 Main Street Watertown MA.



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

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