Ansel Adams — Environmentalist and Photographer

Lecture by Lance Hidy

Thursday, 23 May, 2019 — 7:00-8:30 PM

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



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, 23 May, 2019

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:

Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man.

by Andrea G. Stillman 

Looking at Ansel Adams is a personal and penetrating study that explores Ansel’s life as an artist by looking closely at the stories behind 20 of his most significant images. Immediately recognizable photographs like Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, and Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake are turned on their axes and seen from a new angle, along with ancillary photographs, alternative versions, and letters and postcards that relate to these beloved icons. Less familiar but equally important photographs provide unexpected insight into Ansel’s creative and personal life. For anyone with a love of the American wilderness and an interest in the life and work of the country’s most revered landscape photographer and environmental advocate, Looking at Ansel Adams is an essential and deeply satisfying book.


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Anatomy of a Story — National Geographic and Beyond

Lecture by Cary Wolinsky

Wednesday, 3 April, 2019 — 7:00-8:30 PM

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


“Drenched In Devotion, Baldev, India” – © 1997 Cary Wolinsky


Those amazing National Geographic magazine stories…where do the ideas come from? What really goes on in the field? How does a story work its way through the National Geographic article-making apparatus toward ink on paper?

National Geographic photographer, Cary Wolinsky takes you on a behind-the-scenes look at how he creates articles for the magazine published in 25 languages, read by 40 million people.

Wolinsky holds his audience with stories that are honest, intimate and alive and covers subjects as diverse as cutting diamonds, preparing the human body for space travel, insects that drink fog, and the toad that conquered Australia.  His stunning photographs are the culmination of more than 30 years of travel to Europe, Africa, Russia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Peru, India, China and Japan.

Cary Wolinsky

CARY WOLINSKY began working as a news and magazine photographer for the Boston Globe in 1968, while completing a degree in journalism at Boston University’s School of Communications. By 1972, he was providing freelance photo stories to many national magazines, including Natural History, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and International Wildlife. After becoming a contract photographer with National Geographic in the mid 1980s, Wolinsky came to specialize in international, historical, scientific, and cultural photographic essays that require in-depth research. Wolinsky’s fine art prints have been acquired and exhibited by many museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and London’s Natural History Museum.

Bio text courtesy Pucker Gallery.

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Wednesday, 3 April, 2019

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 one of two posters, your choice, SHEAR MADNESS or WATER BUFFALO. 

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

S H E A R  M A D N E S S

In Melbourne, Australia, a half shorn sheep reveals how much wool she grows in a season. This image was selected by National Geographic Magazine for its “100 Best Photographs” issue, published in November 2001.  Poster is  24″ x 16″.






W A T E R  B U F F A L O

This image has been a favorite among collectors since it was featured in Odyssey, The Art of Photography at National Geographic, an exhibition of photographs, which opened at Washington’s Corcoran Gallery of Art and traveled throughout the world. The poster was designed for the opening of the exhibition at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Title, Odyssey, The Art of Photography at National Geographic, DeCordova








 Through a Woman’s Lens

Lecture by J. Sybylla Smith

Thursday, 31 January, 2019 — 7:00-8:30 PM


Hospitalman Shannon Crowley, 22, of Swampscott, Massachusetts on patrol.
Shir Ghazay Patrol Base, Landay Nawah County, Afghanistan.

© Rita Leistner


The historiography of women’s photojournalistic work, while still sparse, has gained ground in the past thirty years, due to the stellar and consistent work of female photographers, academics, museum curators, and editors. The fields of photojournalism and documentary photography reflect the political, social and cultural configurations of predominant ideologies.

Our understanding of what is history-making and newsworthy has been predominately defined and captured through a patriarchal lens. We need to know and understand our own history.

Sybylla’s article in ZEKE magazine illustrates the myriad ways in which women photographers have always been in the picture despite historically inequitable access—seeking truth, bearing witness and making invaluable contributions. She looks back to reclaim history and honor the creative strategies of these women. She also looks at innovative storytelling by contemporary women whose practices illustrate how seeing the world through a woman’s lens concurrently informs and transforms photojournalism and our understanding of the truth.

J. Sybylla Smith

Part artist, part academic, J. Sybylla Smith is equally compelled to create art as to examine its cultural significance. Roles as a fashion designer, stylist, and creative director have all been informed by the need to develop a visual language that conveys a concept, idea or theory.

Her diverse resume reflects over 25 years of curating fine art photography exhibitions with international photographers, bringing advertising campaigns and fashion editorials to fruition, and developing and teaching university curriculum, Concept Aware™, on creativity and concept development.

Her collaborations have led to lasting relationships with renowned galleries, museums, art fairs, advertising agencies, and international print publications. Smith’s current practice focuses on developing creative content for individual clients and organizations as a curator, portfolio reviewer/creator, editor, brand developer,
educator and speaker.

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 31 January, 2019

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;

 Women Photographers – From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman.

1 ticket for $1

5 tickets for $4

10 tickets for $8 





A Year (and a Life) in Paris

Lecture by Michael Malyszko

Wednesday, 19 September, 2018 — 7:00-8:30 PM



If you’re a traveler, you probably know the feeling. Over the second glass of wine at the bistro or trattoria, between the appetizer and main course, you turn to your partner and wonder aloud, “Wouldn’t it be fun to live here?” During their many foreign adventures, Boston photographer Michael Malyszko and his partner, Judith Hughes, asked each other that question repeatedly, replying “Yes” too many times to count. Slowly their notion of living overseas became a dream, then a goal, then a plan, and finally a reality. So they rented out their studio, packed up the family (their 9 year old daughter and two lab mixes) and moved to Paris for the year.  

It was a year of wonder and wine, museums and movies, and above all, photography. Virtually every day Michael would venture out and explore the neighborhoods, famous and not, of their new home town. Cafes, parks, metro stations, museums, voting booths, boutiques, firemen’s balls, all were subjects for his camera. Working out of an improvised “dry” darkroom set up in their bedroom, he would make work prints and tape them up all over their apartment. They were surrounded with images. The drearier winter and spring months were spent this way, but then as the days grew longer, the weather milder, and their time left in Paris shorter, it was time for Betty and Rita to take center stage…

Michael Malyszko

Michael Malyszko is a Boston-based photographer who normally earns his living photographing two-legged creatures. His photos have appeared in The NY Times, Esquire, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and Forbes, among others. He has been published in more than 60 countries and has won many international awards, including Communication Arts, PhotoGraphis, American Photo, the Andys, The One Show, the Hatch Awards, and ASMP’s 10,000 Eyes. His work is in the permanent collection of the International Center for Photography, the Print Department of the Boston Public Library, as well as in many private collections.

Along his wife and producer-partner, Judith Hughes, he is the co-author (the photographer half) of Betty and Rita Go to Paris, Chronicle Books, 1997, and the Roman sequel, Betty and Rita la Dolce Vita, Chronicle Books, 2001. Both were translated into German, Japanese and Mandarin. Their most recent book, Tammy Does Boston, came out in 2010. He and Judith currently cater to two rescue dogs, Tess, a 7 year old hound/collie mix, and Tina, a 6 year old border collie mix. Neither of them has ever gone to Paris.

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Wednesday, 19 September, 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 Japanese version (it’s in English too) of

Betty & Rita go to Paris.


1 ticket for $1

5 tickets for $4

10 tickets for $8 

Conservation Photography — The Unknown beyond the Horizon

Lecture by Joe Klementovich

Thursday, 13 December, 2018 — 7:00-8:30 PM


Fisherman releasing a Native Brook Trout

Photography has always been a way of sharing experiences. From a baby’s birth to an epic adventure we love to share our experiences with family and friends and sometimes beyond. Go back 30,000 years and that’s what we were doing in a cave around the campfire. We are hard-wired to gather together and tell stories, share knowledge or experiences with our community.

Photography is an ideal way to share those experiences. What better way of explaining to someone the unknown beyond the horizon? What is hidden in the mountains beyond sight?

Part of this talk will show a variety of different assignments from restoring oysters in the Great Bay to working on a controlled burn in the Pine Barrens. Each story showcasing various ecosystems and people working to restore or protect them.

I hope to show a slightly different side of conservation photography, the gritty, hands on side. I also want to highlight the work that can be done at a local level and how impactful and interesting a small local conservation project can be.

Joe Klementovich

I thrive on creating authentic imagery for editorial and commercial clients in unique and difficult locations. Photography from assignments in the sub-zero ravines of New Hampshire’s Mount Washington to the bug infested mangrove islands of the Florida Everglades fly fishing for tarpon have appeared in print nationally. My work has been the cornerstone of large national ad campaigns for Mission Athlete and Voltaic Systems and Sterling Rope. I feel that my photojournalist background works well with commercial projects committed to real storytelling. My freelance career includes working with The New York Times, Boy’s Life Magazine, Fly Fisherman and many others that place a premium on capturing real people, places and the stories they tell.

Mountains, rivers and oceans have always played an important part in my work. My connection and love of the outdoors has lead me to photography & video projects with New Hampshire Public Television on their “Windows to the Wild” television series, The Nature Conservancy and Adventurer Scientists in their work to explore, protect and promote our environment.

“Being close to the mountains, forests and oceans of New Hampshire has given me a constant source of inspiration and ever changing backdrop for my photography”.

I migrated North to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to pursue rock and ice climbing after I graduated with an engineering degree from The University of New Hampshire. Traveling on various climbing adventures with a small point and shoot camera got me hooked on creating better and better photography to tell the stories of each outing. It was during an 11 hour ascent of the Regular Route on Half Dome in Yosemite Valley that photography would overtake my interest in engineering.

Lecture followed by Q&A

Date: Thursday, 13 December, 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 ON HIGH, by Bradford Washburn.

The acclaimed mountaineer, cartographer, photographer, and educator chronicles his life-long adventures in mountain climbing, describing his journeys to some of the great peaks of the world.

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