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August 20, 2013



Identity and the Photographic Portrait  

Caleb Cole, Myra Greene, Lorenzo Triburgo 
September 3 - October 12, 2013 
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 6:30-8pm 
PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 
Lorenzo Triburgo, Ocean Breeze (Seven), from the series Transportraits, 2009/2013.  Lorenzo Triburgo, 2009.
As a means of exploring issues of identity, contemporary artists have been using photography to examine aspects of themselves and others. In the age of the Internet, avatars, online personalities and profiles, as well as obsessive online documentation of one's activities and characteristics, identity has become more fluid, pluralistic, multifaceted, detailed and yet, at times, illusive and elusive. The artists featured in Framed rely on photography's promise to present "truth" or "reality" to explore, reveal, and conceal aspects of the complex subject of identity. In some cases, the artists rely on photography's promise to present "reality" to create and authenticate fictitious identities or role-playing. Overall, the artists in this exhibition challenge our beliefs and assumptions about identity and the photographic portrait.



Collier Heights: Lydia A. Harris

September 3 - October 12, 2013 
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 6:30-8pm 
PRC Gallery, 832 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 
Collier Heights is a neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia that was developed, financed, designed, and constructed in the 1950s and 1960s predominantly by and for African Americans. In addition to portraits of homeowners, Lydia Harris' photographs of rooms reflect the social, historical, and cultural uses of space. Her poignant documentary photographs, in the words of the artist, "tell a story of the Collier Heights community-the interconnected lives, from the beginning when the residents had few other choices of where to live to the present when their neighborhood has been recognized for its architecture and the tight knit bonds among its residents."
Image: Lydia A. Harris, Philpot, from the series Collier Heights, 2013.



    Mary Ellen Mark, "Tiny" in Her    
    Halloween Costume, Seattle,
    Washington, 1983.
Mary Ellen Mark 
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 pm 
BU College of General Studies, Room 129
871 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

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Mary Ellen Mark has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions, and editorial magazine work. She has published photo-essays and portraits in such publications as LIFE, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, andVanity Fair. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. Today, she is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. 


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Rania Matar: What Makes a Good Portrait

Two Sundays: September 15 AND September 22, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$150 PRC Members | $175 General Public

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Limited to 8 participants 
   Rania Matar, Lilly, Brookline, MA, from the series A Girl and 
   Her Room
, 2009.
Don't miss your chance to learn portraiture from Rania Matar! The first session will focus on looking at what makes a good portrait. The class will look at samples of work by master portrait painters and photographers. The class will discuss composition, lighting, and environmental portraiture vs. close-up portraiture. Most importantly, students will focus on more than the obvious to get past the expected portraits by learning to really see the sitter/model, to observe the subtleties, to notice body language, personal expressions, hand gestures, and learning to grasp those in a unique and personal portrait. Rania also will discuss where to go from this workshop, how to build a portfolio, and how to present your work. 


Vision and Voice: Master Class with Lisa Kessler

Eight Mondays: October 7 - December 2, 6:00- 9:00 pm
$675 PRC Members | $725 General Public
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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Limited to 8 participants
    Lisa Kessler, Truck with Angel from Seeing Pink.
Whether you attended Lisa Kessler's spring master class, or are starting new with Lisa, this class will challenge you to advance your work to a new level. This class will focus on producing a project photographed in the material world. Emphasis is placed on content and the process of articulating one's own vision--where fine art or documentary--and honing one's individual voice. Participants may work on an on-going project, or being a new one. The lass will include group and individual critiques, and culminate in a final edited sequence of photographs.


Fall Program Schedule 

What does the PRC have planned for the fall?
Be sure to mark your calendars for all of these upcoming lectures, workshops, and Nights at the PRC this fall!

Rania Matar: What Makes a Good Portrait
Two Sundays: September 15 AND September 22, 9:00 - 1:00 pm

Vision and Voice: Master Class with Lisa Kessler
Eight Mondays: October 7 - December 2, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Glenn Ruga: Using WordPress to Create Your Photography Website
Two Saturdays: November 9 AND November 23, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ron Rosenstock: Working Towards Your Highest Potential
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 10:00 - 4:00 pm

Boston Street Photography with Essdras M Suarez
Saturday, December 7 - Sunday, December 8, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 

Mary Ellen Mark
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 pm

Lou Jones: Designing Your Life
Thursday, October 10, 6:30 pm

David Hilliard: A Certain Distance
Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, September 25, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Surreal Night with Stephen Sheffield
Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Food Night with Michael Piazza
Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 - 8:00 pm


PRC Summer Appeal  


Only two weeks left to support the PRC Summer Appeal!
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The summer is when your support is most needed so that we can continue offering the exhibitions and programs that are so vital to our members. Upcoming highlights include the fall exhibition, Framed: Identity and the Photographic Portrait, curated by Francine Weiss, a workshop on portrait photography with Rania Matar, and a lecture by David Hilliard. Our ever-popular Nights at the PRC will feature portrait, surreal, and food photography.
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