Autumn is a great time of year in New England. Leaves may be falling, but museums, galleries, auction houses, and photo-oriented organizations are putting up new exhibits, showcasing new work, new photographers, new acquisitions, and new trends, as well as more familiar works in historic and contemporary photography. Keep checking back here to discover more places where photography can be found. If you find something new or special, let us know. Use the Contact Us page to send comments and suggestions.
It’s November: Visit Local Museums, Galleries & Auctions
By the end of October, high-end photography auction action moves from New York to London, Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Meanwhile, local institutions have rolled out their fall exhibits and programs. Check the listings below for photography exhibits in New England.
New England Photography Exhibits
- Addison Gallery at Phillips Academy Andover — Harry Benson: Four Stories, brings four different kinds of photojournalism into one exhibit. Now through January 29, 2023. Rosamond Purcell: Nature Stands Aside. A retrospective look at this artist’s work including her early color photographs. Now through December 31, 2022.
- Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum Waltham — Peter Sacks: Resistance Ninety never-before seen photographic/mixed media portraits of individuals who have resisted political, racial, or cultural oppression over the past two centuries. Now through December 30, 2022
- Griffin Museum of Photography Winchester — Critical Eye | Photographic Collections Before the Digital Age Now through December 4, 2022. Ten collectors share their photographs from the nineteenth, twentieth, and early twenty-first centuries. Other exhibits include: Justin Michael Emmanuel: A Facefull of Mangoes, Aline Smithson: Fugue States, and Becky Behar: Illuminating the Archive | Call & Response. All three on view now through December 4, 2022. This small but busy museum is all about photography; multiple exhibitions at multiple sites with rolling schedules. Details here.
- MIT Museum Cambridge — To Look and Learn: The Creative Photography Laboratory (CPL) at MIT Under its founding director, Minor White, the CPL became one of the country’s important venues for new photography. White’s vision for CPL was as a laboratory for teaching, not for training professional photographers. Photography served as a vehicle to intensify the students’ sensitivity to their visual environment, interpersonal relationships, and inner being. Opening Oct 2, 2022 and ongoing.
- Museum of Fine Arts Boston — Life Magazine and the Power of Photography is open now through January 16, 2023. Timed ticketing. The very detailed press release is here.
- Peabody-Essex Museum (PEM) Salem — Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China Now through April 2, 2023
- Photographic Resource Center Cambridge — Lost and Found: Photographs by Michael Joseph at the fp3 Gallery 346 Congress Street, Boston. Now through November 18, 2022
- Portland Museum of Art (PMA) Portland — Presence: The Photography Collection of Judy Glickman Lauder Now through January 15, 2023. This inaugural exhibition of the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection will include a selection from the 600+ image gift to the museum earlier this year.
Aperture’s 70th anniversary celebration continues throughout 2022, which includes The PhotoBook Review in each issue of Aperture Magazine.
Also at Aperture, two essays looking back to the 1950s-1970s:
To Show Our World Now: The Midcentury Photographers Who Balanced Reportage with Artistry From W. Eugene Smith to Dorothea Lange, photography in the 1950s and ’60s was alive with the tensions between record and metaphor.
How Photographers in the 1970s Redefined the Medium Capturing the cultural grain of the times, artists from Ralph Eugene Meatyard to William Eggleston carefully navigated the shifting lines between tradition and transformation.
The International Center for Photography is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Founded by photojournalist Cornell Capa in 1974 to champion “concerned photography,” ICP is a multi-purpose organization supporting exhibitions, education, public programs at the Center for Visual Culture, a library, and an historic collection of photographs. Located in New York’s Lower East Side at 79 Essex Street.
Magnum is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Now much more than a photo agency, Magnum publishes an online magazine, runs workshops around the world led by world-class photographers, sales of prints, posters, and books are all part of the Magnum oeuvre today. And, yes, Magnum is still a cooperative run by the photographer-members and staff.
In conjunction with an exhibit at the ICP in New York: “Close Enough: New Perspectives from 12 Women Photographers of Magnum” opening September 30, 2022 through January 9, 2023, Magnum is introducing In Dialogue, a new series of roundtable video recordings bringing Magnum photographers together with writers, curators, editors and other folk to discuss a particular subject or theme in depth in a conversational format. The first In Dialogue features Susan Meiselas, Bieke Depoorter, Olivia Arthur, and Lua Ribiera, moderated by Diane Smyth with support from the British Journal of Photography
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