The Griffin Museum of Photography is delighted to be able to bring you a LIVE online, 12-week course on the  History of Photography , taught by 

The course will run from 6:30-8:00 Eastern Time  on Monday evenings from March 4 - May 20, 2019.  This course surveys the history and development of photography from the 1830s into the twenty-first century, examining new technologies and styles such as documentary, portrait, and landscape photography. The course unfolds chronologically and will consider the relationships between photography and other artistic media at every juncture.

 Rachel Boillot is a photographer, filmmaker, and educator based in Nashville, TN. She holds a BA in Sociology from Tufts University, a BFA in Photography from Tufts University/the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. Her work has been funded by the Annenberg Foundation (Los Angeles, CA), the Riverview Foundation (Chattanooga, TN), the Tennessee Arts Commission (Nashville, TN), and the National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, D.C.). She was the recipient of the 2018 PhotoNOLA Review Award. Her monograph "Moon Shine: Photographs of the Cumberland Plateau" will be published by Daylight Books in April 2019. Her documentary film "In That Valley of Gold" will also be released at that time. Boillot currently teaches the History of Photography at  Belmont University. She recently joined the team at the Kentucky Documentary Photography Project.

Two scholarships, named after Mathew Swartz, are available for this course. Send an email to and describe why you should attend this online class. Describe your interest and your need. The donor will review the submissions.
The Griffin's 25th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition
on February 24th - April 24, 2019
The Juror is Julie Grahame 
March 3, 2019 3:00 - 4:00 PM
© John Reuter

Join artist John Reuter as he takes you on a personalized Gallery Tour on the closing day of his show "Shadows and Traces: The Photography of John Reuter."

This event is free to Griffin Museum members, and is included in the cost of museum entry on the day for non-members.
with Meg Birnbaum as teacher 
The Atelier 29  exhibition is scheduled in March in the Main Gallery. The Atelier 30 sign up
is now on our website and accepting class participants for morning (sold out) and evening classes (3 available).

© Bill Franson

What is "street photography," what makes for a compelling "street" image, and how can we begin to define our own look and approach working in the street?  This course begins seeking to answer these questions by examining historical images, the photographers who made them, and the intellectual, cultural, and technical influences that affected the image-makers. These questions will continue to guide our investigation in the classroom and as we explore the streets in Winchester, Boston, and surrounding areas. Assignments are designed to stretch your vision, help you to design quickly within the frame, and push you beyond your comfort zone. 

  Discussion, open inquiry, and thoughtful critique are essential tools to growth in this course.

8 sessions at the Griffin Museum or on Location
April 29 6:30-9:30 pm - at Griffin
May 4 10:00 am - 1 pm - on Location
May 11 10:00 am - 1 pm - on Location
May 20 6:30 - 9:30 pm - at Griffin
June 3 6:30 - 9:30 pm - at Griffin
June 8 10 am - 1 pm - on Location
June 17 6:30 - 9:30 pm - at Griffin
June 24 6:30 - 9:30 pm - at Griffin

Limited to 10 students
Suitable for all level photographers

We added a second section for this class
Thursdays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
March 14, 21, 28   April 4, 11   May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Levels: Intermediate to Advanced.
Previous photography experience required.
4 seats available.  

© Emily Belz
What characteristics make up a place? What makes a place notable, special, mysterious, nostalgic-in short, a place a photographer feels compelled to photograph? In this course we will explore the topic of 
sense of place in photography in depth. Beginning with assignments that blend photographic techniques (composition; light; the frame) and genres (landscape; portraiture; interiors/exteriors), students will have the opportunity to explore the concept of sense of place. As the class progresses, each student will choose a place they would like to photograph with greater attention and detail, to build a series of images. Class sessions will blend presentations of contemporary and historical figures in photography with technical topics as needed. Student images will be critiqued weekly.
Join Griffin Museum member, Tony Schwartz 
as he discusses his photography as it relates to ecotourism, gorillas, and the survival of an indigenous people in Uganda.
May 16, 2019 at 7 PM

© Tony Schwartz

In Africa, efforts to protect endangered animals frequently have negatively impacted people living traditional lifestyles in those areas. The Batwa Pygmies resided for millennia in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of southwestern Uganda, along with Mountain Gorillas.  In 1992, the government evicted them; the forest had been designated a World Heritage Site and national park, to protect highly endangered mountain gorillas, and gorilla ecotourism. While Mountain Gorillas have benefited from protection from poaching and forest destruction, since eviction the Ugandan government has not provided the Batwa reparation, jobs, housing assistance, or income from ecotourism. Thus, they suffered from high childhood mortality in the years after they left the forest, and although their situation has improved somewhat since then, they still are "ultra-poor," living on less than $0.80 per day.  One place in which the Batwa now live is Buhoma, a village at the park entrance. When I first met them in 2006, they were said to be happy with their new lives, but this was belied by their demeanor and living circumstances. I returned to Buhoma in December 2017 to interview and photograph them, and to trek to see the gorillas again, as well. Over two days the Batwa told me ancient stories, described and demonstrated their former forest life, and discussed their current status.

Photo of Tony Schwartz by Bob Eck
Before devoting himself fully to photography, Tony was an academic veterinary surgeon and immunologist.  He has been on the faculties of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Yale School of Medicine and, most recently, the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  There, he served as Professor and Chair of the Surgery Department and as an Associate Dean until retiring.  He resides in Boston, MA and Peru, VT.
As long as Tony can remember he has been involved in the visual arts.  This started with drawing and has included clay sculpture, oil painting and film photography.  Since 2003 his artistic passion has been photography, and since retirement from academia, he has focused on it exclusively, using digital capture and producing archival pigment prints.

January 10 - March 3, 2019
© John Reuter

John Reuter was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1953. Raised in California until high school, he moved to New York and attended college in upstate New York at SUNY Geneseo. It was there that he began to study photography and art. He studied with photographer Michael Teres and painter and art historian Rosemary Teres. Together they inspired his early work, which took advantage of photographic process to transform the camera's reality into a more "mythic" reality. Reuter continued this work in graduate school at the University of Iowa in the late seventies. It was here that he began his SX-70 collages, which still inform his work today...  See more here.

"John Reuter is an artist. He makes photographs and videos, draws and paints, and yet he is perhaps most well-known as the individual behind the hands-on magic of the giant Polaroid 20x24 camera; a person who sets aside his own aesthetic and artistic practice in order to help his fellow artists realize on film what each envisions in his or her imagination. His creativity, technical abilities and generous spirit are gifts that he shares to insure their success." 
                                                                    - Barbara Hitchcock

December 6 - March 3, 2019  
   © J. K. Lavin
December 6 - March 3, 2019

© Linda Troeller, Snowbird, Bloomington, Indiana 1976

© John Chen 
Abstraction Attraction  
November 29 - May 5, 2018
Reception and Gallery Talk May 5, 2019 4 - 6 PM

"Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot see physically with his eyes....Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas."

David Anderson, Jan Arrigo, Janine Autolitano, Gary Beeber,  Sheri Lynn Behr, Karen Bell, Patricia Bender, Edward Boches, Joy Bush,  Wen-Han Chang, John Chen, Richard Cohen, Benjamin Dimmitt, Alex Djordjevic, Nicholas Fedak II, Yoav Friedlander, Dennis Geller, Steve Gentile, Carole Glauber, Linda Grashoff, Elizabeth Greenberg, Aubrey Guthrie, Law Hamilton, Sandy Hill, Sue Anne Hodges, Carol Isaak, Leslie Jean-Bart, Cynthia Johnston, Amy Kanka Valadarsky, Marky Kauffmann, Robert Lanier, Stephen Levin, Joan Lobis Brown, Joni Lohr, Alina Marin-Bliach, Mahala Mazerov, Ralph Mercer, Judith Montminy, Robert Moran, Julianne Nash, Lisa Nebenzahl, Ruth Nelson, Erin Neve, Walter Oliver, Marcy Palmer, Madhugopal Rama, Katherine Richmond, Russ Rowland, Joshua Sariñana, Wendi Schneider, Tony Schwartz, Sara Silks, Leah Sobsey, Vicky Stromee, Neelakanantan Sunder, Donna Tramontozzi, David Underwood, Melanie Walker, Nicole White, Dianne Yudelson, Joanne Zeis and 
 Mike Zeis

Image on cover by Leah Sobsey
October 2 - March 29, 2019
Another Reception March 1, 2019 6-8 PM
Informal talk at reception
First Friday

© Tricia O'Neill, Red Rock. Sutton, Dublin

The towers were originally built in 1804-1805 to defend 
against a Napoleonic invasion by sea. Napoleon never 
came.... and the towers did in fact deter what seemed to be the inevitable. The Martello Towers were built closely together so as to function as signal towers. When standing at one 
you will surely see at least one other. In Dublin you 
will see one to the left and one to the right. There are more 
in other countries too, but Ireland is the filter through 
which I chose to document the towers. -TO
© Jackie Heitchue

February 7 - April 2, 2019 

I am a self-described wallflower, rooted in the private mysteries of home and family. My images are my story, as told by a mostly reliable narrator. The subjects I photograph are gathered from my immediate surroundings: my children, our beloved dog, household artifacts, and the natural world outside our door.  Individually, each image is a story in itself.  Taken as a whole, this work is a fable of motherhood, love, and the inevitability of loss. - JH

March 7 - June 2, 2019
Reception Sunday, March 10, 2019 4-6 PM

Down Garden Paths
April 11 - June 2, 2019
Reception April 11, 2019 7 PM
Gallery talk with Paula Riff April 11 at 6:15 PM

PhotoSynthesis XIV
June 11 - July 7, 2019
Reception June 13, 2019 7 PM
July 18 - September 1, 2019
Reception July 18, 2018 7 PM
Submissions open on February 24, 2019
Griffin Gallery
March 7 - June 2, 2019
Reception Sunday, March 10, 2019 4-6 PM
April 11 - June 2, 2019
Reception April 11, 2019 7 PM

J. Felice Boucher
June 11 - July 7, 2019
Reception June 13, 2019 7 PM
July 18 - September 1, 2019
Reception July 18, 2018 7 PM

March 7 - June 2, 2019
Reception Sunday, March 10, 2019 4-6 PM

April 11 - June 2, 2019
Reception April 11, 2019 7 PM

June 11 - July 7, 2019
Reception June 13, 2019 7 PM

Reception July 18, 2018 7 PM

Greater Boston Stage Company


©  Linda Rutenberg
December 3 - March 3, 2019

© C. J. Pressma
Cate Wnek 
December 3, 2018 - March 3, 2019

The Salty Years, Cate Wnek
The "Buy a Brick" program is back at the Griffin 
due to popular demand by our audience.

Once we have accumulated enough orders we will process a bulk order of engraved bricks to be placed into the Griffin's walkway that leads to the Winchester Rotary Terrace. There's plenty of room and we welcome your tribute inscriptions. 


Stacy Swiderski: Making the Switch from Retail to Commercial
Take it to the Next Level with Commercial Clients: Learn how to take your career from shooting family portraits and weddings to working for major commercial clients and brands. Branding consultant Stacy Swiderski will be sharing her expertise so that you can successfully transition your photography career and grow your brand from a retail focus to a commercial focus. Stacy will provide case studies, assignment ideas, and on-site critiques of select participants' websites, providing customized feedback relevant to all in attendance. Learn how you can expand your brand and build an exciting portfolio of relevant and sought-after commercial photography work. 

The seminar will be on Tuesday, February 26th, from 6:00-9PM at  NESOP  at 274 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453.  Light snacks and refreshments will be served from 6:00 to 7:00PM. The seminar will take place starting at 7:00PM and go through 9:00PM.

NESOP Students Free  
ASMP $8.00
Griffin Members (Partners) $10
Students $10
Non ASMP Members $20

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