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October 26, 2011

PRC Benefit Auction a Resounding Success!

Eric SaarmaaErik Saarmaa raises his paddle during live auction. Photo by Andrew McFarland.    


Nearly 300 people gathered in the 808 Gallery at Boston University on Saturday, October 15 to attend the PRC 2011 Benefit Auction and to show their support of the PRC, New England's premier nonprofit photography center. We are very proud to report that we raised more than $90,000 at the auction to fund our programming and operating expenses. We also gave $13,000 back to artists from the sale of their work. We could not have done this without the support of the artists, collectors, Board, Auction Committee, staff, and volunteers.


Thank you, everyone!


Rania Matar and Glenn RugaPRC Executive Director Glenn Ruga and artist Rania Matar described the paddle raise to support PRC exhibitions, raising $4,450. Photograph by Robert Hunt. 


Auction highlights (aside from the fabulous artwork) included two fashion presentations by Gillian Wright and Nataliya Yermolenko, a 10 x 14-foot triptych from TRIIIBE's exhibition, In Search of Eden, A Work in Progress, and an engaging audience of photographers, collectors, and photography enthusiasts.

Prints from auction are still available

If you were not able to attend the PRC 2011 Benefit Auction (or even if you did attend), we are offering 35 prints from the auction for sale for a limited time only through November 7, 2011. View prints >>  


Photos available on our Flickr site

Click here to view photos of the auction events on our Flickr site taken by Robert Hunt and Andrew McFarland.

7 Turkish Artists: Panel Discussion

Mike Mandel and Chantal Zakari, artists, and Jenny White, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Boston University
Thursday, October 27, 2011, 6:30 pm

BU College of Arts & Sciences Room 522705 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

$10 General Public | $5 Members and Students (must present valid membership card or student id) | No charge for students of PRC member institutions (includes BU)  

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The PRC's exhibition 7 Turkish Artists confronts socio-cultural themes that define contemporary Turkey, specifically, the iconography of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. This panel discussion will explore Mandel and Zakari's book, The State of Ata, and the themes of power, imagery, and politics within a Turkish context for the general audience. Also on the panel will be Jenny White, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. A book signing will follow the discussion.  


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Book Night at the PRC with Guest Host, Neal Rantoul

Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston


Join us for Book Night, open to all photographers who have an interest in photobooks and the process of self-publishing. Held in celebration of the Indie Photobook Library, a selection of which is on display at the PRC this month.


Neal Rantoul is head of the Photography Program at Northeastern University and taught for thirteen years at Harvard University as well as at the New England School of Photography. A book of his photographs, American Series, was published by Pond Press in 2006 and is available on He has also self-published books of his work.


These free, informally structured programs foster a sense of community with photographers, PRC members, and students by offering an opportunity to share images and insights about particular topics in contemporary photographic practice. Contact the PRC at 617-975-0600 or  [email protected] to reserve a presenter slot. Audience members without work are also welcome to attend, no reservations needed.  


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Portfolio Reviews with Glenn Ruga, PRC Executive Director

Thursday, October 27, 2011 


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


Photographers who sign up will be required to send 4-6 jpg images, a resume, and an artist statement to [email protected] prior to the review. The images should reflect the work they will be showing.


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Lynn Saville: Explorations in Night Photography

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 6:30 pm 

BU Photonics Building, Room 206
8 St. Mary's Street, Boston, MA

$10 General Public | $5 Members and Students (must present valid membership card or student id) 



Lynn Saville, Night Shift.

Lynn Saville, who has earned an international reputation for her black and white and color photographs of cityscapes during the transitional hours of dawn and dusk, will discuss her fascination with the mysterious nocturnal urban landscape and her extensive experience with night photography. Her cityscapes range from the forgotten and unloved, off-beat industrial areas to the more-familiar bridges and monuments. The places are seen at varying conditions of season, light, and weather. During her lecture, Saville will show projections of her photographs, including her earliest black and whites and very recent color images. She describes herself as "a roamer of limbo regions, one of our last frontiers-places that seem unloved and overlooked, cracks in the urban façade." A new project entitled Vacancy has taken her back to the commercial centers of cities like New York and Boston where, at twilight, stores shuttered by the Great Recession emanate a disquieting beauty. A book signing will follow the lecture.

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Brand and Portfolio Development: Intensive Seminar with Larry Volk and Danielle Currier

Saturday, November 12, 2011, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm  

BU Photonics Building, Room 203
8 St. Mary's Street, Boston, MA
$120 General Public | $100 Members (cost includes the book No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio Guide for Photographers and Designers, which retails for $34.95)
Limited to 30 participants
Larry Volk and Danielle Currier, No Plastic Sleeves: The Complete Portfolio
Guide for Photographers and Designers
This workshop will discuss and explore the most difficult aspect of portfolio development, which is creating a unique presentation that best reflects your brand. The biggest challenge in the development of materials for marketing and self-promotion is creating those materials in such a way that reflects your personality as a professional and a photographer. The workshop will present two sessions: Part 1 will explore the notion of branding and the development of your unique identity; Part 2 will focus on translating that brand and visual identity and extending it into your portfolio and marketing materials.Larry Volk is an Associate Professor of Photography in the Department of Visual Communications at Endicott College. He holds an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to coming to Endicott he had taught in the New England region for 17 years. Danielle Currier is an Associate Professor of Design in the Department of Visual Communications in the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Endicott College. She holds an MFA from Parsons, The New School for Design. Danielle has worked as an educator, designer, and artist in the Boston area and New York City for over 14 years.

Books for Sale at the PRC


The PRC bookshop is selling books from past exhibitions and lectures. Most recently added to the shelves are two of Catherine Wagner's books, Home and Other Stories and Cross Sections. To purchase a copy of any of these monographs, please contact the PRC.


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Current Books (member/general public prices):

* Jim Dow, American Studies - $36 / $42 

* Eliot Dudik, Road Ends in Water - $27 / $32 

* Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari, The State of Ata - $38 / $45 

* Monika Merva, The City of Children - $40 / $48 

* Constantine Manos, A Greek Portfolio - $45 / $53 

* Constantine Manos, American Color 1 - $108 / $127 

* Constantine Manos, American Color 2 - $63 / $74 

* Lori Waselchuk, Grace Before Dying - $36 / $42

* Catherine Wagner, Cross Sections - $51 / $60  

* Catherine Wagner, Home and Other Stories - $64 / $75



7 Turkish Artists: Mike Mandel & Chantal Zakari  

September 13 - November 12, 2011


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Threefold: Selections from the Indie Photobook Library

Curated by Larissa Leclair, Shane Lavalette, and George Slade

September 13 - November 12, 2011 



When you think about photographs, when you imagine them in context, realized in some physical form, how do you see them? Some see them in print portfolio boxes, some see them on computer screens, others see them matted and framed, hanging on walls. Though for nearly as long as there have been photographs, they have appeared in fixed sequences, pasted, printed directly, or reproduced in ink on pages bound together in some fashion - in other words, as books. Whether pocket-sized or table-sized, photographically-illustrated books have long served as an important showcase for the medium. 


Threefold reflects the idiosyncratic interests of three curators - Shane Lavalette, Larissa Leclair, and George Slade - each adopting a unique focal point in an attempt to represent a remarkable moment in contemporary independent publishing.


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New England Photography Listings 

October 26 

Photographic Resource Center

Book Night at the PRC (October 26, 6-8pm)832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.


October 26
Dominic Chavez: Book Signing (October 26, 7:30-9pm) MIT Wong Auditorium, 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA.

October 27 

Photographic Resource Center

7 Turkish Artists Panel Discussion (October 27, 6:30-10pm) BU College of Arts and Sciences, Room 522, 705 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.

October 29
The Kolo Shop
Save the Photos: Photography and Photo Book Workshop (October 29, 2-6pm) The Mall at Chestnut Hill, 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Robert Klein Gallery
Gregory Vershbow: Art in a Liminal Space (October 29 - December 3; Reception with the Artist: October 29, 2-4pm) 38 Newbury St. 4th Floor, Boston, MA.  

November 1
Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery
Justine H. Goodstein-Aue: Documenting Historic Businesses and Neighborhoods (October 17 - April 13, 2012; Reception: November 1, 6pm) 175 Hawthorne Street, Bellingham Square, Chelsea, MA. 

Rhode Island School of Design
TC Colley Lecture Series: Mark Steinmetz (November 1, 7pm)
Chace Center Metcalf Auditorium, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI.

November 3
The Griffin Museum of Photography @ Atelier Gallery at the Stoneham Theatre 
Bird Watching, Photographs by Paula McCartney (September 8 - November 6; Closing Reception: November 3, 6-7:30pm) 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA.

November 4
Panopticon Gallery
Alexander Harding | Glen Scheffer
Ellen Rennard | Meg Birnbaum | Charlie Meyer
(November 3 - December 5; Opening Reception: November 4, 5:30 - 7:30pm) 502c Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215. 617-267-8929. 

November 5
Arnold Arboretum
Trees and Gardens: Photography by Joseph Flack Weiler (October 29 - December 17; Reception: November 5, 1-3pm) Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall, 125 Arborway, MA.

November 5 & 6
Hallmark Institute of Photography
Info DSLR Video for Professional Photographers Weekend Workshop (November 5 & 6) At the Airport, PO Box 308, Turner Falls, MA. 

November 6
Fitchburg Art MuseumWilliam Garnett's Aerial Photography (Gallery Talk: November 6, 1pm) 25 Merriam Parkway, Fitchburg, MA.  


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