• Journey Poetically Documents a Decade of Travels

    Urban Designer/Artist Mark Favermann's Critical Eye to the Built Environment

    By: By Arthur Birkland - Dec 02nd, 2015

    For the past several decades, photography has been a creative media for urban designer/artist Mark Favermann. However, he came to it rather late only starting to take pictures when he was 33. His current exhibit at Newbury College in Brookline, MA displays his critical and appreciative eye for architecture, environment and culturally relevant structures and details.

  • Sand and Seas – Part One

    A Summer Tale for Winter Days

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Feb 29th, 2016

    It takes time to collect and develop a photo project. The subject may have spooked around my head for days, weeks, perhaps months. The raw material are thousands of digital photographs, which include the subject matter at hand. Then questions arise: What is there to work from? What do I want to say? What can I show? How many images do I need to convey my ideas? Too many sub-categories for one essay? Yes! So, please peruse the first part of 'Sand and Seas.'

  • Sand and Seas - Part Two

    Reflections and Anticipation

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Mar 07th, 2016

    Sand and Seas - Part One found hundreds of viewers and readers. What delight! We are offering in Part Two long views and nearly abstract images and textures that oceans and beaches offer to a keen eye and a camera lense.

  • First Berkshire Mountains Faerie Fest in Adams, MA

    A Family Day Built Around Fun and Fantasy, June 25

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jun 28th, 2016

    While looking into the concept of Faerie or Fairy Festivals, one might discover that there are quite a number of such events happening each year all over America. 'The Faerie Festival Bug' hit six months ago in the town of Adams, MA, among a group of believers, at the Adams Arts Advisory Board. They enlisted many participants, word spread quickly among like-minded fantasy lovers, and here is the result in photos and report of the First Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival.

  • Photographer Eric Myrvaagnes' Stunning Book

    Captured by Light: Black and White Photographs- Fifty Years

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 22nd, 2016

    The elegant, exquisitely designed and printed book "Captured by Light: Black and White Photographs-Fifty Years" summarizes a lifetime of work by Eric Myrvaagnes.

  • Evocations by Carl Chiarenza

    Photographing Abstract Collages

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 16th, 2016

    In 1973 Carl Chiarenza earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was the first to write a dissertation on a living photohrapher, Aaron Siskind. While regarded as one of the foremost scholars in the field he has had more that 80 one-person and participated in some 260 group exhibitions since 1957. This is a review of his 2002 monograph Evocations.

  • Roman Iwasiwka Shows Classic Rock Photos

    At The Falcon in Marlboro, New York

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 17th, 2017

    A selection of fourteen rock portraits by Roman Iwasiwka will be on view at The Falcon – 1348 Rte 9W, Marlboro, NY through March 31. A reception for the artist will be held on January 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

  • David Ricci’s Edge of Chaos

    Studio Visit with a Berkshire Photographer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 14th, 2018

    For the past year the Berkshire based photographer, David Ricci, has been working on a large format, expensive and ambitious book. It has a working title of Edge of Chaos and surveys four decades of his oeuvre. During a studio visit we viewed the work and how it is evolving into a publication.

  • Recalling Carol Channing at Lulu White’s

    Boston’s Golden Era of Jazz and Cabaret

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 19th, 2018

    Printing four decades of images for, Heads and Tales, an exhibit at Gallery 51 in North Adams this summer has kicked up a treasure trove of memories. A series of photos of Carol Channing with Craig Russel who impersonated her evoked the ambiance of a fabulous night at Boston's jazz club Lulu White's.

  • Leo Mazzeo Photographs MASS MoCA

    The Night Watch

    By: Leo Mazzeo - Jun 24th, 2019

    Working the night shift as a security guard at MASS MoCA has inspired Leo Mazzeo to use his cell phone to make images. They are shared with a growing fan base through Instagram. Here is a stunning sample of these night visions.

  • Carl Chiarenza on Boston Photography

    Harvard Dissertation on Aaron Siskind First on Photography in US

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 07th, 2019

    During graduate study at Boston University photographer Carl Chiarenza was a professor, mentor and friend. We spoke at length about how JFK and the Vietnam War nudged him into studying art history. At Harvard he was the first American to write a dissertation on photography. It was a biography and critical study of then living American icon Aaron Siskind. Now retired from the University of Rochester he continues to create new work.

  • From Port of Los Angeles, CA to Hamburg Harbor, Germany

    From Harbor to Hafen

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Feb 06th, 2015

    The Ports of Los Angeles and Hamburg are two of the busiest and most important harbors around the world. One in the USA, the other one in Europe where I lived nearby for the first 20 years of my life. The word and photo essay allows for a glimpse at both ports. One series of photographs were taken in a matter of minutes, the other one during a visit of Hamburg Harbor in 2011 along memory lane.

  • A Secret Passage Way - 2014

    Global Call to Participate in Photo Project

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jun 17th, 2014

    From February to May we invited participants to submit photographs and words via email and Face Book representing passages in any way real or imagined. Collaborators expanded the project in amazing and unexpected directions. Here is the resulting digital exhibition:

  • Tanglewood at its Finest by Philip S. Kampe

    Opening days of 2015

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 07th, 2015

    Determined to add new audiences to Tanglewood, the BSO has created an All Star lineup of Musical Acts for the Historic 2015 Season.

  • Benno Friedman on Painterly Photography

    Berkshire Artist Overcomes Adversity

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 01st, 2014

    For Berkshire based photograher, Benno Friendman, taking an image with a camera is the initial step in creating an exhibition print. In this third and final installment of an extensive interview he discussed the alchemy of the darkroom. In more recent years that has morped into manipulations using Photoshop. Several years ago he suffered a severe injury from which he has made a remarkable but gradual recovery. It proved to have little impact on his feisty spirit.

  • Scorton Marsh, Sandwich, Cape Cod

    A Poetic Photo Story

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Sep 30th, 2014

    We live in the Berkshire Hills and forests, near lakes. Growing up close to the Baltic and North Seas draws me to oceans still. So we recently spent a wonderful and sunny week on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A photography project follows: From a thousand new Cape photos, we photo-shopped 100, then selected approximately 40, further enhanced or painterly distorted them (or not) for this story and poem.

  • Jonas Dovydenas Endless War

    Afghan Photo Series at Lenox Library

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 26th, 2014

    From 1985 until fairly recently the Berkshire based photograher, Jonas Dovydenas, made a number of trips to Afghanistan. He started by shooting black and white film and later abandoned the darkroom switching to digital cameras. In all he shot some 15,000 frames. These were culled and edited resulting in the recent exhibition at the Lenox Public Library.

  • Benno Friedman Hosted Tim Leary

    Hitched Ray and Alice Brock of Alice's Restaurant

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 02nd, 2014

    An extended family of artists and hipsters celebrate holidays in the Berkshires at the home of Benno and Stephanie Friedman. Among the renowned guests have been LSD guru, Tim Leary, and chef Alice Brock. Benno shot the illustrations for the Alice's Restaurant Cookbook. There's a shot of me with an apple in my mouth in the chapter on stuffing.

  • Berkshire Photographer Benno Friedman

    Early Years: Woodstock, Rolling Stone, Playboy

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 25th, 2014

    Berkshire based photographer, Benno Friedman, bought a camera in a duty free shop in the Amsterdam airport. It was the summer after graduation from college in 1966. Upon returning a friend helped him to process and print the film. Soon that launched into dual career as a commercial and fine arts photographer. That led to assignments like shooting Woodstock for Playboy and Seventeen. He was also a stringer for Rolling Stone. This is part one of a recent extensive interview.

  • Christopher Williams at the Art Institute of Chicago

    Play and Dream an Image. Let Someone Else Click.

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 21st, 2014

    The title of the exhibit, "The Production Line of Happiness" is taken from a Jean Luc Godard documentary in which an amateur filmmaker compares his day job as a factory worker with his hobby of editing his films of the Swiss countryside. Williams says that today's consumer culture pictures and produces endless images to be consumed.

  • The Burren, Cliffs of Moher and Newgrange

    A Photo Essay

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Mar 16th, 2014

    A photograph is worth how many words? You decide! Our trip to Ireland and England included a couple of days experiencing the land, people and natural wonders of Ireland by bus. We returned with rock-solid photographs (pardon the pun!) and long lasting memories.

  • Ian Grey's Portrait Series

    North Adams Parlor Cafe

    By: Parlor - Jan 22nd, 2014

    Ian Grey of the Berkshires is best known for his hummingbird series of photographs. In his largest exhibition to date, some 50 images, he will be showing portraits at the Parlor Cafe in North Adams. The reception for the artist will occur on Saturday, January 25, from 6 to 9 PM. The show remains on view through March 8.

  • A Tango Diary at Berkshires Six Depot Gallery

    Documentary Photos by Sabine Vollmer von Falken

    By: Sabine Vollmer von Falken - Jan 13th, 2014

    Sabine Vollmer von Falken has created A Tango Diary photos of dancers and would-be dancers from South America to the Berkshires. It is on view at Six Depot Gallery in West Stockbridge

  • 250 Year Old Southern Live Oak Tree

    Hosting Epiphytes: Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Sep 27th, 2013

    A series of photographs with a short report will remain on the BFA Project Space. These 16 photos were a gift, received from a very old Southern Oak Tree and the people, who care for the massive tree, hanging Spanish Moss and Resurrection Fern.

  • Berkshire Photographer Benno Friedman

    From Wet to Dry

    By: Charles Giuliano - Sep 24th, 2013

    Since the 1960s when we met at Brandeis University I have followed the work of photographer Benno Friedman. We now live on opposite ends of the Berkshires. Some time back, as first reported in Maverick Arts Magazine, we met for a studio visit and dialogue. I showed his work at the New England School of Art and Design.

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