We are now working on lectures for the 2019/2020 NORTHSHORE PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE SERIES. Please check back periodically for updated information, dates and times. Previews of four of the lectures are listed below.

PLEASE NOTE: The lecture by Rania Matar, From Personal to Universaloriginally scheduled for October 24, 2019, has been rescheduled for November 20, 2019.


From Personal to Universal  —  Photographs by Rania Matar

Wednesday 20 November, 2019 — 7:00-8:30 PM

Co-sponsored by Sweethaven Gallery and Firehouse Center for the Arts


Sara and Samira – Bourj El Barajneh Refugee Camp, Beirut Lebanon, 2018

Rania Matar was born and raised in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 1984. Originally trained as an architect at the American University of Beirut and at Cornell University, she studied photography at the New England School of Photography and the Maine Photographic Workshops. Matar started teaching photography in 2009 and offered summer photography workshops to teenage girls in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps with the assistance of non-governmental organizations. She now teaches Personal Documentary Photography, and Portrait and Identity at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and regularly offers talks, class visits and lectures at museums, galleries, schools and colleges in the US and abroad. In the winter/spring of 2017, she was an artist-in-residence at the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, through a Mellon Foundation Grant and was a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient.

Matar’s work focuses on girls and women. As a Lebanese-born American woman and mother, her cultural background, cross-cultural experience, and personal narrative informs her photography. She has dedicated her work to exploring both sides of this identity: addressing issues of personal and collective identity, through photographs mining female adolescence and womanhood – both in the United States where she lives and the Middle East where she is from. Her work has won several awards, has been featured in numerous publications, and exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally. Her images are in the permanent collections of several museums worldwide and can be seen at www.raniamatar.com.


© Dominic Chavez

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Wednesday, 20 November, 2019

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5) Plus $2 processing charge.

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There will be a raffle at the end of the lecture for:

A Girl and Her Room


1 ticket for $1  —  5 tickets for $4  —  10 tickets for $8

About the book

Award-winning photographer Rania Matar’s A Girl and Her Room reveals the lives of girls from two disparate worlds – The U.S. and Lebanon. Set in the girls’ bedrooms – which range from spartan cleanliness to chaotic disarray – these portraits offer an insider’s perspective of not just who these young women are, but the physical spaces that prove to be extensions of their identities.

A Girl and Her Room is RANIA MATAR’s second book. Her first book, Ordinary Lives, was published in 2009.

SUSAN MINOT’s first novel, Monkeys, was published in a dozen countries and received the Prix Femina Étranger in France. She is the author of Rapture, Lust & Other Stories, Folly, Evening, and Poems 4 A.M., and wrote the screenplay for Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty.

ANNE TUCKER is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a department she founded in 1976, and has authored a number of books.

A Girl and Her Room book jacket

May 2012 • ISBN 978-1-884167-76-8 • UMBRAGE EDITIONS • Hardcover • 9 x 12 inches • 140 pages • color photographs


The Fine Art of Documentary: Why beautiful pictures of war, poverty, and disease matter.

Presented by Glenn Ruga, Founder and Director, Social Documentary Network and Executive Editor, ZEKE Magazine,

and Barbara Ayotte, Communications Director, Social Documentary Network Editor, ZEKE Magazine.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2020 — 7:00-8:30 PM

Co-sponsored by Sweethaven Gallery and Firehouse Center for the Arts


Photo © 2016 Amilton Neves from “Godmothers of War”

For eleven years, the Social Documentary Network (SDN) has been presenting powerful, and often beautiful, photographs of both challenging and uplifting situations around the world. The uplifting work often explores the grace of indigenous cultures, the majesty of the natural environment, or the day-to-day lives of ordinary people around the world.

The challenging work presented on SDN explores poverty, disease, environmental degradation, war, migration, and many others. Why does it matter that a photograph of a malnourished child is composed well, or that a photograph of a migrant family camping in the mud on the Serbia/Hungarian border uses black and white tonality in a masterful way? Aren’t the facts presented by the photos in such cases what is most important? Does form matter when the subject is about life and death?

Glenn Ruga and Barbara Ayotte will make a compelling argument why form matters, why art matters, and why it is a disservice to the issues being explored to only focus on the raw facts visible on the surface and not to also honor the integrity of a photograph created with the talent and skill of an artist who has organized these elements into a meaningful, and often beautiful, composition.

Launched in October 2008, the SDN website today has presented more than 3,200 compelling online exhibits submitted to the site by more than 2,000 photographers from all corners of the globe documenting issues as diverse as the effects of modernization on Kathmandu, homelessness in the U.S., the consequences of oil exploitation in the Niger Delta, and reconciliation in Rwanda. All photographers on SDN share a common curiosity about the human condition and a strong desire to communicate their insights through words and photographs.

In 2015, SDN launchedZEKE: The Magazine of Global Documentary, a print and digital publication presenting the best work from the SDN website combined with in-depth articles written by journalists exploring in greater detail the themes presented by the photographers.

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Wednesday, 29 January, 2020

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5) Plus $2 processing charge.

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A Wing and a Care

Lecture by Shawn Carey

Wednesday, 25 March, 2020 — 7:00-8:30 PM

Co-sponsored by Sweethaven Gallery and Firehouse Center for the Arts



Snowy Owls, Atlantic Puffins, and American Kestrels are connected by more than simply a resemblance of form or function. A crucial thread ties them together: each one has an advocate committed to protecting it and educating others about its plight. Migration Productions’ latest work, “A Wing And A Care,” opens a window onto the lives of these three birds, and introduces you to the men dedicated to their preservation and survival.

“A Wing And A Care” follows the stories of these three men as they work to protect the birds they love, and shows how a single individual can make a world of difference in the life of a bird. And it asks a critical question: how can each one of us get involved and help build a better future for these incredible birds?

Shawn Carey

Originally from Pennsylvania, Shawn moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1986 and has been photographing birds and other wildlife for over 20 years. He’s been teaching wildlife photography for Mass Audubon for the past 18 years. He’s on the board of directors for Eastern Mass HawkWatch where he serves as their Vice President. He’s also on the advisory board for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and Mass Audubon Museum of American Bird Art. He is past board member for the Brookline Bird Club and past council member for the Nuttall Ornithological Club. Shawn co-founded Migration Productions in 1996 with Jim Grady and the two have produced all its productions. Shawn also provides almost all digital photography used in their productions. “I LOVE the natural world; if it walks, crawls, flies, swims or slithers…I’ll photograph it!”

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Wednesday, 25 March, 2020

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5) Plus $2 processing charge.

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