PLEASE NOTEThe information below is as accurate as possible at this point. We will update the info as we put the finishing touches on the series. Once we finalize all the info, we will also include a link at which you may purchase tickets.

Please check back periodically for complete information. We hope to have it completed by mid August.


Ansel Adams—Environmentalist and Photographer

Lecture by Lance Hidy

Thursday, 28 September, 2017 — 7:00-8:30 PM



Photographer Ansel Adams (1902–1984), began his long career at age 12 in Yosemite National Park with a Kodak cardboard box Brownie Camera. A nervous, sickly misfit who dropped out of school in the eighth grade, Adams found his life’s calling, and his salvation, in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada. He devoted the rest of his days to sharing the transformative power of wilderness through his art, and through his leadership in the Sierra Club. Hidy was chosen by Adams to collaborate on the last book of his career, Yosemite and the Range of Light (1979). Hidy continued to be the main designer of Adams books after his death in 1984.

Informed by his first-hand experience with Adams and his circle, Hidy brings a personal perspective to the Ansel Adams story. Ansel visited Yosemite Valley during 67 consecutive years; in his lifetime he shot over 40,000 photographs; he produced several dozen books that have sold over a million copies—including advanced technical manuals for photographers; he taught many workshops; he cofounded the first museum department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art; and, for nearly 40 years he was a leader in the Sierra Club. The lecture is enlivened by quotes from Adams’ autobiography, and by dozens of his finest photographs.

Lance Hidy

Lance Hidy studied art and design at Yale University. He was co-founder and art director of David R. Godine, Publisher before starting his own design firm, specializing in the design of posters and photography books. Ansel Adams and Arnold Newman are among the photographers he worked with. Hidy was a typographic consultant to Adobe Systems, for whom he designed the typeface Penumbra, a family of sixteen fonts. He was the art director of Harvard Business Review, has designed three U. S. postage stamps, and specializes in corporate identity and logo design. In addition to running his design, illustration, and photography studio, Hidy’s writing on design history has been widely published. For 18 years he served as a professor of photography and design at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he continues to work part-time as an accessibility specialist.

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 28 September, 2017

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5)

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Lecture by Lou Jones

Thursday, 7 December 2017 — 7:00-8:30 PM


Namibia – © Lou Jones

For master photographer Lou Jones, photographing Africa has been the challenge of a lifetime. Frustrated by consistently negative media coverage of Africa—an unrealistic and obsolete litany of poverty, pestilence, and conflict— Jones decided to use the universal language of photography to dispel these harmful African stereotypes, and to tell the real story of Africa today. Its 55 countries are home to one-and-a-quarter billion people. They go to work, raise and educate their children, preserve traditional rituals, and make innovative strides in business, industry, the arts, medicine, and sports. For Jones and his camera, the continent is a visual feast.

Systematically visiting each country, one at a time, Jones and his studio team investigate the local cultures. Guided by civic leaders, teachers, and historians, they learn what is going on, and what is important and unique there—both on the large scale of the country, and on the more intimate level of individual people and their families.

With his artist’s eye, and camera craft, Lou Jones has found many ways to give back to the Africans who generously welcomed him and his crew into their communities. His photographs have been made available as a resource for education, research, business, promotion, and other creative purposes. He is developing curriculums for schools, lecturing, publishing articles, and exhibiting the African images in galleries and museums. Jones has encouraged many applications and media outlets, which is appropriate for such an ambitious project—cutting through the clichés and stereotypes, and letting contemporary Africans show us what their lives really look like.

Lou Jones
Lou Jones’ eclectic career has evolved from commercial to the personal. It has spanned every format, film type, artistic movement and technological change.  He maintains a studio in Boston, Massachusetts and has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations, international companies and local small businesses including Federal Express, Nike and the Barr Foundation; completed assignments for magazines and publishers all over the world such as Time/Life, National Geographic and Paris Match; initiated long term projects on the civil wars in Central America, death row, Olympics Games and pregnancy; and published multiple books.

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 7 December 2017

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5)

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Len Rubenstein


Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 1 February 2018

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5)

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Street Stories 

The greatest photography project you will ever have is your own life.

Lecture by George Disario

Thursday, 5 April 2018 — 7:00-8:30 PM


Chinatown–Boston, MA — © George Disario

Join me as we immerse ourselves in the culture, philosophy and history of Street Photography. I’ll tell you my personal street stories from growing up in East Boston as insight into the mind of a street photographer. We will see how this discipline has opened a fascinating window into the past thanks to those master photographers that came before us.

You will see haunting images from some the best Street Shooters that ever lived as well as a progression of my own street work.

This will not be a formal history lesson or an f-stop driven, technical conversation. It will be an insider’s view of an important fine art photography genre. I will, however, be prepared to answer questions that arise regarding gear, technique, process and philosophy.

Future generations will be the beneficiary of the important work we do today. In the end, you will see how close you are to photographic work that really matters and how the most amazing things are hidden right behind fear.

George Disario

My intent is always to connect a thread from my life’s experiences to my work. It is the conversation that I have with the rest of the world.

I came to America from the U.K. when I was 8. We lived on the third floor of a triple decker in East Boston. The streets became my playground. As a kid my grandfather gave me a license to make stuff and call it art. One day luck happened and I received a scholarship to study Art at the MFA in Boston. Later I found a Kodak Instamatic Film Camera. That was all I needed … I was off to the races.

I have been working as an independent, professional still photographer for most of my career. That’s “chasing light” for a living for more than 40 years. As a freelancer, I have photographed hundreds of advertising campaigns and worked my way around the globe several times on behalf of US businesses. One project took me to Nike, Mellon Bank, BMW in Germany, British Air in the UK and The Bank of China in China. My work is a blend of art and commerce and my job is to create strong, visually compelling photographs every time.

Life happens … One day I had a Kodak Instamatic Camera and forty years later I joined Instagram. At this stage of my life and career I find myself asking questions about the legacy that we might leave to those generations to come after us. The answer came to me in the form of Street Photography and the historic, cultural and artistic significance that it holds. We can’t go back with our cameras to the days of the Buddha or even Elvis for that matter. We can, however, recognize and record the amazing beauty that walks right beside us as we travel the streets with our cameras.

My personal work is still what fulfills and comforts me. It makes things right. I love to show what I find.

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 5 April 2018

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5)

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Confessions of a Fine Art Addict

Lecture by Jim Fitts

Thursday, 24 May 2018 — 7:00-8:30 PM


FINE – © 2011 Triiibe

For over 40 years, Jim Fitts has been a college professor, art exhibition curator, photography collector, blogger, and portfolio reviewer. All that while, he was pursuing a very successful career in graphic design and advertising.

His self-professed collecting addiction helped him put together a uniquely personal collection of 20th century photography. Jim will tell tales of his adventures in the art world as well as answer questions about building an art collection, developing a personal portfolio, and getting your work published.

Jim will also share with the audience a small number of pieces from his personal collection.

Jim Fitts

Jim has been a fine arts photography teacher, lecturer, curator, and photographer for over 30 years. He is an avid collector with a focus on 20th century and contemporary American photographs.

Jim is currently a professor at Mount Ida College. Previously, Jim was a teacher at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. He has also held the position of Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.

Recently, Jim launched photoweenie.com, a website that offers exhibition and photo book reviews as well as presenting new work by emerging and established photographers. It is considered one of the premier fine arts photography websites, and has had over 1,000,000 hits in the past year.

Jim is one half of Fitts&Wolinsky, a partnership with master photographer Cary Wolinsky, providing photography portfolio reviews and business consulting.

Jim has curated several photography exhibitions for the PRC/MIT Gallery. He has served as a reviewer for the Photolucida portfolio reviews and the FotoFest portfolio reviews. He has also served as a portfolio reviewer for the New England Portfolio Reviews and the Savannah College of Art and Design reviews. He has curated the SSAC Photography Now exhibition as well as serving twice as a juror for their member exhibition. In 2011, he co-curated Instant Connections, an exhibition of photographs by photographers who use Polaroid technology in the creation of their work and in 2012 he curated Grunts: The GI Experience at the Panopticon Gallery in Boston. In the fall of 2013, he co-curated What I Did On My Summer Vacation also at the Panopticon Gallery in Boston. In 2017, he co-curated Boston Celebrity at the Panopticon Gallery and panAFRICAproject at the Mount Ida College School of Design Gallery.

His mixed media work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions.

Jim Fitts has had an award-winning career in advertising, design and corporate identity. He held the position of Executive Creative Director at Avenue, Inc. in Chicago and Creative Director at HHCC in Boston and in Europe. Jim was Creative Director for Monster.com and a partner at ClarkeGowardFitts.

Photo – © Jason Landry

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 24 May 2018

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

Prices: Adults ($10), Students ($5)

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