May 2023 snap shots features:
- Bernie Zelitch “Discovers” Photographer Annie Powell. His presentation will be live on Sunday, May 7th, 7:30 PM via Zoom. Today, we know the photographer was Annie Powell (Born 1859, West Yorkshire, England; died 1952, in Lowell, MA), who came to Lowell and photographed pot holes, construction sites, portraits of mill workers, and children. Don’t miss this one—use the Sign Up label at the top of the page to receive PHSNE email notices and take part in our Zoom presentations.
- The March 11 PHSNE Field Trip to the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem brought 20+ members to see Power and Perspective: Early Photography in China with curator Stephanie Tung, assisted by Research Associate Bing Wang. As a follow-up, Ms Tung will be the speaker at our June 4 Zoom meeting, which will conclude our 2022-23 meeting schedule. Our monthly meetings will begin again in September.
- Keep an eye on those storage units. A Gloucester couple were asked to empty a storage unit, only to find it held over 2,000 cameras, lenses and other equipment and accessories.
- Camera of the Month: Scope Out the Escopette By Darier. The article was written by the late Eaton Lothrop, from his book “A Century of Cameras.” He was a charter member of PHSNE, served in many different roles, and passed away in 2008. However, his camera scholarship lives on.
- The MET Museum in New York hosts two photography exhibits now through the summer, each of vastly different scale. Richard Avedon’s MURALS, with greater-than life-size images of groups, some 10 feet high by 32 feet long, overwhelm the viewer. In contras, Berenice Abbott’s Album (1929) is a unique plain black photograph album from the 1920s with a selection of 2″x3″ contact prints on the pages. This album was the starting point for Abbott’s monumental project “Changing New York,” completed and published in 1939.
- Fans of Wes Loder’s February talk about the Tenax II can also find a 2021 podcast hosted by Mike Eckman, featuring a discussion with Loder and Nikon Historical Society founder Robert Rotoloni about Nikon and Loder’s book The Nikon Camera in America 1946—1953.
- Visit PHSNE’s YouTube channel to re-discover Edith Currier’s presentation on Gabriel Cromer’s collection of early French photography.
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