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NEWSLETTER  November/December 2019




Call For Entries

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 Time To Exhibit Your Wonderful Work Exeter Photography Exhibition

The 2020 Photography Exhibition at the Exeter Town Gallery will open Jan 5 and run through Feb. 2, 2019

Drop off will be on Jan 4, 10-12 p.m. with hanging of the show to follow at 12:30. Everyone is welcome to help. You do need

to be an up-to-date member and everyone is allowed to enter two pieces.

If you can’t drop off your work on Jan. 5, please contact Carol Van Loon (vanloon42@gmail.com or 603-799-1941)

she has a few alternative drop spots to offer.

Opening Reception Is Jan. 5 12pm - 4pm

Before the 12:00 noon opening on January 5, there will be a very brief member meeting followed by a gallery talk by a

special guest presenter to be announced at a later date.

The gallery is open 12-4 on Sat and Sunday during the show.

We will need gallery sitters:

Jan 5 (help with opening)

Jan 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

Feb 1, 2

Pat Kennedy-Corlin is working on providing the refreshments for the opening, please contact Pat if you are willing to help out.

We are looking for folks to give 45-minute gallery talks? Interested? contact Carol

Once again we are calling for photographs to grace the exhibition poster. Deadline is Dec. 1 midnight.

Send your image to vanloon42@gmail.com for consideration.




Statewide Documentary Project Update

(Formerly Introduced As NH-NOW Project)

The Portsmouth Athenaeum, Portsmouth, N.H., Photograph By Michael Sterling ©

Gary Samson, Michael Sterling and Dan Gingras met  November 25th with the team from the New Hampshire Historical Society and several other historical societies who are now part of the joint venture supporting the New Hampshire 2020 project.

Bill Dunlap of the New Hampshire Historical Society informed the group that he is in the final phase of securing an initial $35,000 to provide funding for the production of the 250 page book and some of the collateral material necessary for the seven statewide exhibits that will open simultaneously. The level of enthusiasm from the participating institutions is extremely high, and a lengthy discussion was had about the book, and how the sponsor (who we’re not ready to name yet) is planning on distributing hundreds of books to their clients in addition to the hundreds of books which will be sold at the historical societies.  A final count of the books has not been made, but it’s looking like it will be in the thousands. Every photographer will be credited for their photographs in the book and exhibitions.

The NHSPA has a lot to gain from the successful completion of this project, but there is still much work to be done. We are planning on having a meeting of all NH 2020 photographers on the opening day (January 5th) of the Exeter exhibit to answer questions, and discuss the following:

• High level overview (NHHS, fundraising) and summary timeline (active photography, curating, preparation, show schedule)

• Number of participants and images submitted so far

• ’Tough love’ request for more images - shoot at multiple locations/regions, variety of topics (hand out the list below), grittier topics

• Technical challenges - RAW files/xmp files, offer of technical help (format of help TBD)

• Notice that round 2 of technical reviews will be scheduled

• ’Tough love’ - we need assistance in various areas - locating and reserving venues, organizing and validating technical format of submitted images, publicity

• Q&A

We are asking that participants really focus on creating a complete and full portrayal of life in New Hampshire in 2019-2020.  Here is a list of some of the items we are looking for:

• Architecture – modern, historical, etc.

• Astrophotography over NH landscape

• ATV enthusiasts

• Beer and Wine makers

• Business – retail and / or office

• Children in an educational setting *

• Environmental portraits (artists, crafts people etc)

• Fairs (county, farm, ethnic)

• Family life

• Farms, Farm to Table, restaurants

• Fishing Industry / families hunting for deer, turkey etc

• Gaming clubs

• Gun / Hunting Enthusiasts *

• Homeless *

• Immigrants * (it’s really important to show the ethnic diversity in the state)

• Isle of Shoals and ‘Pelicans’

• LGBT community *

• Logging industry

• Manufacturing (hi tech, small, large)

• Midwives

• Military

• Night Scenes

• People working at their daily job

• People with disabilities *

• Political - campaigning, polling booths, NH Primary, NH legislature

• Poverty * (trailer parks)

• Prisons * women’s and men’s prisons

• Quarries

• Snowmobile enthusiasts

• Sports

• Streetscapes and scenes

• Gritty” - the opposite of beautiful New Hampshire landscapes. Images of buildings, people, situations that are not beautiful but reflect a downside of life in our state. Once again, be sensitive to how you portray your subjects.

We’re anticipating lots of publicity for this project and each and every one of you who participates will benefit professionally and artistically from your hard work.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at project@nhspa.org

If you have any NH Now questions, submit them to project@nhspa.org. Thank you again for your interest and

participation in NHSPA NH-Now Statewide Photography Project.




Exhibiting Through December 01, 2019


The New England Center For Photography At Camera Commons

652 Central Avenue

Dover, NH 03820
(603) 842-4713      www.cameracommons.com

'THE FINALE SHOW' Camera Commons Street-side Gallery

No, we are not closing. So why is this the finale? After five years, our main gallery is closing although the classroom, studio and lab (darkrooms, printer room, and scanning room) will remain open. Some of the regions finest photographers, all of whom have shown at our gallery sometime during the last few years are hung in this finale.

Who Are We? 
The New England Center for Photography at Camera Commons is a resource for beginning and advanced photographers to produce and show their work. We have classrooms, three darkrooms, two large format gallery-quality Epson printers, four scanners including an Imacon X5, a full size studio including Profoto, Speedotron and Westcott lighting. We feature workshops in digital as well as large and medium format film cameras, darkroom use, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Capture One and 19th century legacy photographic processes for both beginners and advanced photographers. Please see our website for details.No, we are not closing. So why is this the finale? After five years, our main gallery is closing although the classroom, studio and lab (darkrooms, printer room, and scanning room) will remain open. Some of the regions finest photographers, all of whom have shown at our gallery sometime during the last few years are hung in this finale.

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Member: Bob Burchsted, Kristen Burchsted, Bev Conway, Norman Desfosses, Sarah Flause, Jay Goldsmith, Audrey Gottlieb, Roger Goun, David Hiley, John Hoglund, Ken Kartes, Pat Kennedy Corlin, John Layton, Susan Lirakis, Richard Lord, Richard Moore, Peter Randall, Gary Samson, Claudia Rippee, Michael Sterling, Jean Stimmell, Ron St. Jean, Christy Utter and Carol Van Loon




Exhibiting Through December 1, 2019

New Hampshire Art Association 

Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery

136 State Street

Portsmouth, NH 03801      www.nhartassociation.org          603-431-4230

20th Annual Joan L. Dunfey Juried Exhibition “More or Less”

This juried exhibition is open to members and non-members. Joan Dunfey was a steadfast patron of the arts, and her estate provided funding for the Joan L. Dunfey Fund for the Arts through the New Hampshire Charitable Fund that supports this annual exhibit. 

CONGRATULATIONS to NHSPA member Norman Desfosses for his Second Place Honor at this year's exhibit!

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Members: Bob Burchsted, Norman Desfosses, Ron St. Jean, Robert Ortiz, Norman Ramsey, 

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Closing Reception March 22, 2020 4-6pm    Exhibiting Now Through March 24, 2020

                                   © Bruce Magnuson

The Griffin Museum Satellite Gallery

Lafayette City Center Passageway

2 Ave de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111     Contact: Phone: 781-729-1158     www.griffinmuseum.org

’Primary Source’

This exhibition was meant to depict the photograph as document or as proof to phenomena or  happenings. The photographer was meant to be seen as witness. I asked the submitters to interpret that instruction fluidly. Was I only  interested in documentary photography? That was one way to answer this call. I asked them, however, to use their imaginations to come up with answers to my query. It is your responsibility, dear viewer, to determine fact or fiction in these 67 primary source materials.           Artist Website:  Bruce J Magnuson

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Members: Bruce Magnuson




 November 14, 2019    7:00pm      


                               © Richard Lord                                                         

NH Art Association  

136 State Street 

Portsmouth, NH 03833            

Gallery Phone: (603) 431-4230 Email https://www.nhartassociation.org/

"Free-range Wanderings Through Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, and Kuala Lumpur"

NHSPA member and NHAA Photo Group leader Dick Lord will show images and talk about his 2011 travels around four Asian cities as  the main presentation of the regular November NHAA photo group meeting.   All are welcome to attend.

Presentation by NHSPA Member: Richard Lord

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Exhibiting Indefinitely


                 ©Susan Hershey                                   ©Ken Golaman                           ©Lawrnce Elbroch


The New Foundry Place Garage

100 Foundry Place

Portsmouth, NH 03801

A temporary exhibit that lines windows of the garage and showcases both the beautiful imagery and creative talent that exists in Portsmouth. 

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Members: Susan Hershey, Lawrence Elbroch, Ken Goldman, David J. Murray



Exhibit - Permanent Installment In Portsmouth, NH


'New Permanent Group Show Features Beautiful Large Prints of Work by Harry Licthman, Jerry Monkman, and David J. Murray'

155 Borthwick Ave

Portsmouth NH 03801

Contact David J. Murray www.ClearEyePhoto.com

The first floor public hallways of 155 Borthwick Ave in Portsmouth NH are now adorned with ~35 large art prints by area photographers Harry Licthman, Jerry Monkman, and David J. Murray. Building owner Michael Kane says his goal in displaying the work is to provide the many visitors who come to the medically-oriented building for dialysis, chemo infusions, and other medical treatments with a bit of beauty and distraction. The show was curated for Kane by Mary Jo Brown of Brown & Company in Portsmouth, NH, and a large information sign provides artist head shots, bios, and contact info.

NHIA members may find this installation interesting not only for the work itself, and for the evidence it provides that local companies are willing to devote significant dollars to purchasing and promoting the work of local artists, but also for the quality and medium of the prints themselves. Instead of having each photographer produce their own framed prints for hanging, The Kane Company licensed rights from each photographer to have all of the prints produced by a New York firm that specializes in large format high quality acrylic prints for corporate installations, and paid directly for all of the prints to be produced. The results are quite striking. Most of the pieces are at least 60" wide, and the largest is an 88" panorama. The acrylic treatment and large size combine to make these images really pop, while the uniform treatment lends a nice coherence to the show as a whole. You might enjoy checking them out, to see if this type of treatment would be of interest for your own work too.

Exhibit Includes NHSPA Member:  David J. Murray  




Currier After Hours: Artisan Night December 5, 2019 at 5 PM – 9 PM

The Currier Museum 

150 Ash Street

Manchester, NH 03104      (603) 669-6144      www.currier.org

Join me and other local artists Thursday, December 5th for After Hours Artisan Night!

The Canterbury Shaker Village and Currier Museum of Art collaboration to celebrate the Village’s 50 years as a historic site Exhibition will be on view through February 16th. My Shaker art items are for sale in the Currier Gift Shop for the duration of the show. This is a truly special night. Come out and enjoy a beautiful evening of art and live music at the Currier. 

Start your holiday shopping early with an artisan fair hosted by the Currier Museum Shop.
-New regional artisans will sell handmade crafts throughout the Museum.
-Relax with live Celtic music by Jordan TW Dou.
-Sample food by Chef Joelle Cesario of the Currier’s Catering Team.
-Specialty holiday cocktails will be available for sale.
-Free parking, Free admission to shop.

General Admission applies for the galleries and Winter Garden Cafe. Members are free. Adult $15, Senior (65+) $13, Student $10, Youth (13-17) $5, 12 and under is free. Food 
and drink available for purchase.

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Exhibiting Through December 6, 2019

A horse stands in barn.

Allowed to Grow Old

Isa Leshko Allowed to Grow Old: Unity Farm Sanctuary Tour and Leshko Book Reading November 17, 2019 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Isa Leshko artist talk and book signing at the Griffin Museum on November 21, 2019 7 PM - 8:30 PM

For nearly a decade, I have visited farm animal sanctuaries across America to create photographic portraits of geriatric animals. I began this series shortly after caring for my mom who had Alzheimer’s disease. The experience had a profound effect on me and forced me to confront my own mortality. I am terrified of growing old and I started photographing geriatric animals in order to take an unflinching look at this fear. As I met rescued farm animals and heard their stories, though, my motivation for creating this work changed. I became a passionate advocate for these animals and I wanted to use my images to speak on their behalf.

For each image, I strive to reveal the unique personality of the animal I photograph. Rescued farm animals are often wary of strangers, and it can take several days to develop a comfortable rapport with the animals I photograph. I often spend a few hours lying on the ground next to an animal before taking a single picture. This helps the animal acclimate to my presence and allows me to be fully present as I get to know her. In order to be as unobtrusive as possible, I do not bring any studio lighting into the animal enclosures and instead work only with natural light.

Nearly all of the animals I met for this project endured horrific abuse and neglect prior to their rescue. Yet it is a massive understatement to say that they are the lucky ones. Roughly fifty billion land animals are factory farmed globally each year. It is nothing short of a miracle to be in the presence of a farm animal who has managed to reach old age. Most of their kin die before they are six months old. By depicting the beauty and dignity of elderly farm animals, I invite reflection upon what is lost when these animals are not allowed to grow old.

Isa Leshko is an artist and writer whose work examines themes relating to animal rights, aging, and mortality. Her images have been published in The AtlanticThe Boston GlobeFrankfurter Allgemeine SonntagszeitungThe GuardianHarper’s MagazineThe New York TimesPhotograph and Süddeutsche Zeitung. In April 2019, the University of Chicago Press published her first monograph, Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Rescued Farm Animals, which included essays by activist Gene Baur, NY Times bestselling author Sy Montgomery, and curator Anne Wilkes Tucker.

Isa has received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, the Culture & Animals Foundation, the Houston Center for Photography, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. She has exhibited her work widely in the United States and her prints are in numerous private and public collections, including the Boston Public Library, Fidelity Investments, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Isa—whose full name is Isabell Carmella—grew up in Carteret, New Jersey, in an Italian-American working class family. She received her BA from Haverford College, where she studied cognitive psychology, neurobiology, and gender studies. She spent a decade working for dot.com startups before she discovered her passion for photography. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her domestic partner, Matt Kleiderman, and their cats Alfred and Higgins. Isa has also lived in Houston, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Providence, Rhode Island.

These images appear in “Allowed To Grow Old” published by University of Chicago Press in April 2019.

Isa will have a gallery  talk and book signing on November 21, 2019 from 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Photograph Magazine features Isa Leshko’s Allowed to Grow Old in its Sept/October 2019 issue with a feature by Jean Dykstra.  Website

Our sincere gratitude to

Adjective Art and Framing

for their sponsorship of the framing of

Allowed to Grow Old

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Exhibiting Through December 6, 2019

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                                             “Horizon Runner" © by Dan Derby                                                                                    "3 Hands" © a photo by Annette Bannon

100 Market Street Gallery

100 Market St

Portsmouth, NH 03801        (603) 422-0822      www.100market.com/gallery

Fall 2019: Summertime Exhibition

We're still celebrating summer at 100 Market Gallery!SUMMERTIME noun (1) sum·mer·time | \ ˈsə-mər-ˌtīm \ : the summer season or a period like summer. Is it a dripping ice-cream cone or a clear blue sky on a mountain hike? What does summertime mean to you? Sunny days, stormy afternoons, long lazy evenings, fresh food, fun & games, outdoor concerts. Come see what others have been up to all summer long and help brighten up the cooler months ahead.

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Exhibiting Through December 15, 2019

Consuela Kanaga, Young Girl in Profile, 1948. (gradient)   Henri Cartier-Bresson, Madrid, Spain, 1933. (gradient)   Edward Steichen, Gloria Swanson, 1924. (gradient)   Sid Grossman, Coney Island (Couple Embracing), 1947. (Gradient)


'A Waning Beauty In An Uncertain Future' by 

MFA Museum of Fine Arts Boston,

Multiple Locations: Lois B. and Michael K. Torf Gallery (Gallery 184), and Gallery next to MFA Signature Shop (Gallery 183)

Avenue of the Arts

465 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02110    (617) 267-9300      www.mfa.org/exhibitions/viewpoints

'Defining images from the 20th Century'

“Viewpoints” brings together some of the most enduring and powerful photographs of the 20th century, investigating photography’s transformative power and its role in contributing to collective memories. The exhibition celebrates photography both as an art form and as a social, cultural, and political force. Presenting 150 highlights from the Howard Greenberg Collection of Photographs—a group of 446 images recently acquired by the MFA—the exhibition showcases the collection’s breadth.

A passionate and discerning figure in the field, Howard Greenberg is a former photographer, a gallery dealer, a strong advocate for artists, and, above all, a connoisseur who spent decades putting together this collection of significant 20th-century prints by many of the era’s most notable photographers. Works range from European modernist masterpieces from the 1920s and ’30s to socially conscious works such as powerful visual testimonies of Depression-era America, politically engaged street photography, wartime photojournalism, and compelling depictions of African American life from the 1930s through the Civil Rights movement. Beginning with a selection of Greenberg’s particular favorites, photographs in “Viewpoints” are divided into seven themes: Capturing Modernism; Picturing the City; Conflicts and Crises; Bearing Witness; Fleeting Moments; Defining Portraits; and Music, Fashion, and Celebrity.

“Viewpoints” highlights the material properties of these exceptional prints, many the earliest or first ever or only print made of an image, or the best existing example, presenting an unparalleled opportunity for close looking at this exceptional collection.

Among the many photographers represented are Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Consuelo Kanaga, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Edward Steichen, and Weegee. Together, the works on view demonstrate the emotive power of the camera and the photographic print.

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Exhibiting Through December 22, 2020

Carl Austin Hyatt: From Portsmouth to Peru: in Search of Anima Mundi   Hyatt

Discover Portsmouth

10 Middle St.

Portsmouth, NH 03802      603-436-8433      www.portsmouthhistory.org

LECTURE BY THE ARTIST  Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:30-6:30pm     Doors open at 5:00pm      Open to the public.

Carl Austin Hyatt shares his experiences in Peru with indigenous shamans.

From Portsmouth To Peru: In Search of ANIMA MUNDI - Carl Austin Hyatt, Photographer

Carl Austin Hyatt uses classic black and white photography to give expression to the spirit of place. For Hyatt, a numinous inner quality animates the literal face of the world.This inner spark draws his focus to the finely crafted stones of Machu Picchu as well as weathered rocks of coastal New England, the mountains of road salt along the Piscataqua and the snow covered mountains of the Peruvian Andes.

This exhibition unites his decades of work exploring the ancient idea of anima mundi (the soul of the world) in these two unique and enchanting landscapes. The ancient traditions of the world experienced the Earth as a living, ensouled, and conscious being. The indigenous peoples of the world still inhabit this vibrant reality, and Hyatt brings it to us viscerally through his photographs.

Hyatt’s prints are in numerous collections, including the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the Currier Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and private collections across the United States, Europe, and South America.

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Exhibiting Through January 20, 2020

Chromogenic print of a floating girl by Hellen van Meene

MFA Museum of Fine Arts Boston / Herb Ritts Gallery (Gallery 169) 

Avenue of the Arts

465 Huntington Avenue

Boston, MA 02110    (617) 267-9300      www.MFA.org

Fantasy, Fairy Tales, and Magic From Five Contemporary Photographers

“Make Believe” presents an enchanted realm where sleeping figures float, women weave spiderwebs, magicians cause children to disappear, and homemade dirigibles fly over icebergs. The exhibition brings together five artists who stage fantastical scenes for the camera to address a wide range of social and cultural issues, including the role of women in the Middle East, climate change, the passage from childhood to adolescence, and existential fears of loneliness and loss.

Shadi Ghadirian (Iranian, b. 1974) and Hellen van Meene (Dutch, b. 1972) draw on folk and fairy tales to interrogate real-world concerns of being and becoming. Ghadirian questions preconceived ideas about female identity and agency in the Muslim world through works like Miss Butterfly, a series of black-and-white photographs based on an early Persian folk tale. Van Meene focuses on adolescent girls on the cusp of adulthood, seeking to capture the rich interior lives of her sitters while also suggesting the anxiety and confusion commonly experienced during teenage years. Inspired by works such as Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm, The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, she often poses her subjects in Vermeer-like natural light, as in Untitled #465 (2014), pictured above.

Other artists invent elaborate stories and sometimes entire worlds. In the series Short Stories, Paolo Ventura (Italian, b. 1968) employs the narrative framework of children’s picture books and stands in as the protagonist, with his young son in a supporting role. Nicholas Kahn (American, b. 1964) and Richard Selesnick (British, b. 1964) have been collaborators for more than three decades, creating extravagant costume dramas, concocting detailed quasi-historical sagas, and fabricating elaborate props for their cinematic visions. Their series Eisbergfreistadt (Iceberg Free State), inspired by concerns surrounding climate change, strikes a delicate balance between a fictional narrative and a seemingly “straight” style of documentary photography.

“Make Believe” is a companion exhibition to “Kay Nielsen’s Enchanted Vision: The Kendra and Allan Daniel Collection,” which features celebrated interpretations of classic fairy tales by 20th-century Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen.



Exhibiting through February 23, 2020

The Polaroid Project by William A. Ewing, Barbara P. Hitchcock

'The Polaroid Project'

MIT Museum

Building N51

265 Massachusetts  Avenue

Cambridge - 02139 MA     (617) 253-5927     www.mitmuseum.mit.edu The Polaroid Project

In its heyday, Polaroid and its products were loved by millions of amateurs and embraced by countless professionals. ThePolaroidProject tells the fascinating and instructive story of the Polaroid company, and presents all aspects of Polaroid photography, including the technology that made it possible. After traveling around the world, this critically acclaimed exhibition will make a stop at the MIT Museum, approximately a block from where instant film was first invented.

This unique exhibition explores various dimensions of the art-technology relationship through the exhibition of both art and artifacts. Featured will be over two hundred original works by 120 artists, including Ansel Adams, Chuck Close, Barbara Crane, Harold Edgerton, Walker Evans, Hans Hansen, David Hockney, Dennis Hopper, Gyorgy Kepes, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and William Wegman. The exhibition also showcases more than 75 artifacts--including cameras, prototypes, experimental films and other technical materials--from the MIT Museum’s own historic Polaroid collection.

Due to the sensitivity of the photographs, the exhibition will be shown in two parts, with a complete re-installation mid-way through. 

  • Part I - October 11 - February 23
  • Closed - February 24 - March 8
  • Part II - March 9 - June 21

Accompanying the exhibition is ThePolaroidProject: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, a richly designed catalog with over 300 illustrations.



Exhibiting through May 17, 2020

A Lasting Memento: John Thomson’s Photographs Along the River Min

Peabody Essex Museum 

East India Square, 161 Essex Street 

Salem, MA 01970      (978) 745-9500      www.pem.org

A Lasting Memento: John Thomson’s Photographs Along the River Min

Voyage into 19th-century China through one of PEM’s photographic treasures, John Thomson’s album Foochow and the River Min. This intimate exhibition features more than 40 striking landscapes, city views and portrait studies that Thomson captured as he traveled in the southeastern Fujian province. Photographs by contemporary artist Luo Dan, who was inspired by Thomson to undertake a similar journey in southwestern China, complement the presentation.