Early Maine Photography, 1840-1870 Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm Now through January 16, 2016
MHS Brown Library
Within the short span of a quarter century, photography became an integral part of life in Maine. Between 1840 and 1870, photography in its various forms recorded the appearance of individual Mainers as well as Maine itself. A host of pioneer photographers left us a precious visual legacy of Maine people and places which so enriches our understanding of the state's past. To celebrate the technological and artistic achievement of photography, and to better understand its impact on Maine, Maine Historical Society (MHS) is opening the Early Maine Photography, 1840-1870 exhibition on September 25.
All images featured in Early Maine Photography are of Maine subjects or were made by Maine photographers between 1840 and 1870. The exhibition will explore the meaning of the images, and delve into the notion of how early photographs provide the background and context for the culture we live in today.
Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine's State Historian and an authority on Maine photography, is curator of this exhibition, which is part of the Maine Photo Project – a statewide collaboration among museums, historical societies, photographers, and collectors that is bringing Maine's photographic heritage to national attention. Throughout 2015, more than 30 organizations will offer exhibitions and public programs exploring the best of Maine photography – from early documentary images to contemporary art forms. MHS holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of the earliest images of Maine, and its exhibition will provide a historic framework for the overall Maine Photo Project activities.
The Exhibition is open to the public through January 16, 2016 during regular library hours, and is included in regular museum admission.
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy