Chinatown, Boston, MA – © George Disario
The streets have long been the proving ground for many legendary photographers. Names such as Mary Ellen Mark, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Vivian Maier or Cartier-Bresson may come to mind. Today, original prints of their work are highly prized and often fetch tens of thousands of dollars each. With the spread of social media platforms, more photographers than ever are out there in the streets touching our collective consciousness.
Join me for a deep dive into the philosophy, history and current culture of Street Photography. We will screen imagery that will transport us through seldom seen windows into the past and present. I’ll share my work as well as some personal street stories from growing up in East Boston as insight into the mind of a street photographer.
This will not be a dry history lesson or an f-stop driven, technical conversation. It will be a visual celebration, a converging perspective aimed at placing a spot light on this photo culture.
In the end, you will see how close you are to photography that really matters and how the most amazing things are hidden right behind fear.
I hope you’ll come with me for a fun, insider’s view to celebrate this beautiful fine art photography form.
North Shore Photography Lecture Series
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Lecture followed by Q&A
Date: Thursday, 5 April 2018
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5) Plus $2 processing charge
There will be a raffle at the end of the lecture for THE AMERICANS, by Robert Frank.
First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert Frank’s The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography. More of an ode or a poem than a literal document, the book is as powerful and provocative today as it was 56 years ago.
1 ticket for $1
5 tickets for $4
10 tickets for $8
About North Shore Photography Lecture Series
North Shore Photography Lecture Series (NSPLS) is part of the Firehouse Center for the Arts’ Newburyport Lyceum Speaker Series. NSPLS is co-produced by Firehouse Center for the Arts and Sweethaven Gallery.
Nearly everyone is a Photographer now, thanks to smart phones and digital technology—but few of us really understand the Art. Whether you are a novice or advanced, The North Shore Photography Lecture Series will open your eyes to the artistic world of photography. It will suggest new ways to look at photographs, and spark a new reverence for the little digital cameras in our lives.
The lecturers are professionals who have spent their careers dedicated to some aspect of photography—as pro shooters, educators, connoisseurs, and even a designer of photography books. They will guide you through the magic of the photographic medium—not so much about technical tips, but rather about how some photographers have raised the humble medium to an art, or have used it as an agent for social change. The lectures are also designed to engage the general public in exploring the art of photography, and to inspire up and coming photographers to pursue their dreams by listening to the words of and seeing examples of passionate, working pros.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” (Elliot Erwitt)
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” (Aaron Siskind)