Shelby Meyerhoff

September 28 -
November 5, 2020

"I start by painting on my own body, to transform myself into a new creature: a blue-ringed octopus, an owl, or a monarch butterfly. Then, alone in my studio, I set my camera on the tripod and pose..."
© Jon Henry,  from "Stranger Fruit, Untitled #13, Groveland Park, IL"
The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture is a $20,000 prize awarded annually by Maine Media Workshops + College to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in photographic portraiture. In addition to the winner, the jury selects three finalists each year who are invited to participate in an exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography.

Jon Henry is the recipient of 2020 Arnold Newman Prize, one of the nation’s largest in the world of photographic portraiture. Provoking timely themes of family, socio-political issues, grief, trauma, and healing within the African American community, Henry’s work will be on View at The Griffin Museum in the Main Gallery along with the finalists Michael Darough, Rubén Salgado Escudero and Priya Kambli.

At Right
© Michael Darough, from "The Talk" (top)

© Rubén Salgado Escudero, from "Solar Portraits /Mexico (middle)

© Priya Kambli from "Buttons for Eyes, Soha (Muma’s Photographs), 2019"(bottom)

October has gone to the dogs! We are so excited to see exhibitions from Nancy Baron & Rick Ashley on the walls of the Griffin Museum.

On the walls of the Griffin Gallery is Nancy Baron’s Palm Springs Modern Dogs at Home, with Rick Ashley showing his series Cani di Roma in our Atelier Gallery.

Join us online for a special event, two photographers discussing their work celebrating the fabulous fur friends that surround us and give us joy.

This Week
Sunday, October 4, 2020
7 PM Eastern Time

How long have you been waiting to learn how to photograph. Learn the techniques you need to communicate with your camera and how to take strong, effective photographs in this beginner course. Different cameras (digital and traditional) will be addressed, and several practical demonstrations will be given in the classroom. Technical considerations will share time with explorations of photographic aesthetics.
with Linda Haas (On-line)

October 13, 2020 to
November 10, 2020

8 Weekly Sessions

Tuesday Afternoon
from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

The emphasis of this course is color photography, though black and white concerns will also be discussed. Students will need to have a camera with manual controls.
Join Brenton Hamilton for an evening presentation surveying Brenton’s 25 years in photography. Brenton has worked in the historical processes area for nearly 3 decades. This presentation will not only survey his ar work but delve into his influences from the origins of photography.

Hamilton a storyteller has woven a complex and personal narrative. Deeply influenced by Talbot and proto Photographs from the 1820’s and employing surrealist motifs, Hamiton’s work asserts a new narrative.

October 18, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Hamilton has been an educator at Maine Media Workshops since 1992 and specializes in the history of photography, historic process and darkroom craft. His new 2020 monograph: A Blue Idyll, was just released in September by Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam.
Saturday, 10/24/2020 
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EST)

Sunday, 10/25/2020 
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (EST)

Why write about photography? Just as an image frames a visual viewpoint, analytic writing offers context and perspective, influencing how we see. Learn to view and write about

2 Sessions (online)

October 24
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

photography more critically in this online workshop with “What Will You Remember” editors Elin Spring and Suzanne Révy.

© Cecelia Paredes, "Both Worlds"
We are thrilled to have storied Chicago gallerist Martha Schneider with us for an online conversation featuring her survey of Latin American Photography and creative photography.

With over 30 years of experience, Martha Schneider has been dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary photography, representing artists from around the world,
featuring photographers from: Argentina, Guatemala, Africa, China, Germany, and among others.

Martha Schneider was born and raised in Entre Rios, Argentina, 1941. She attended Universidad de Buenos Aires, School of Liberal Arts where she majored in Journalism and minored in Art History. Martha moved to Chicago in 1964 with her husband, Jorge Schneider, where she later created Schneider Gallery in 1985. The Gallery, originally located in Highland Park, specialized in ceramics and jewelry.

October 22, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Several years later, Martha moved the Gallery to the River North Gallery District and shifted her focus to contemporary photography, specializing in Latin American photography. Schneider Gallery soon became one of the United States’ top photography galleries, and showcased international and national artists for over 30 years before closing in 2019.

Martha is currently operating from home as an art consultant, and continues to actively participate in the art scene as a juror, curator, lecturer, advisor, and portfolio reviewer.

The John Chervinsky Emerging Photographer Scholarship seeks to recognize, encourage and reward photographers with the potential to create a body of work and sustain solo exhibitions. Awarded annually, the Scholarship provides recipients with a monetary award of $3,000, exhibition of their work at the Griffin Museum of Photography, and a volume from John’s personal library of photography books.

Image above of John Chervinsky
© L. Barry Hetherington

Submission Portal Now
Extended to
November 1, 2020
No Entry Fee
$3000 Award
The Scholarship seeks to provide a watershed moment in the professional lives of emerging photographers, providing them with the support and encouragement necessary to develop, articulate and grow their own vision for photography.

Ryan Zoghlin extended to October 23, 2020
".....I’ve been sailing off the beaches of Lake Michigan. ... I’ve always loved the shore. As time has marched on, I’ve noticed the increase in plastics on the beach year after year."
In good times and bad, our best friends are there for support, therapy, and unconditional love. Especially now–where would we be without our dogs? Although the so-called modernists of Palm Springs embrace the serenity of life in post WWII America, the sometimes-harsh realities of contemporary life are impossible to ignore. These mid

Griffin Gallery

September 5, 2020 to
October 23, 2020

twentieth century re-enactors are often transplants, enjoying the Palm Springs lifestyle with their dogs and friends as their chosen family. The beautiful climate, wide-open spaces, and clean décor make the perfect home for their desert pets that are as lovingly groomed and cared-for as their surroundings.
Since 1973, I have been returning to Rome, Italy. There was the summer school and fall semester at Trinity College; the travel passes from my wife, a Delta flight attendant; and the 2004 high school semester with my youngest daughter, after the fire that destroyed my studio. Now, that same daughter has been living in Rome for over a decade. Not that I ever needed
Rick Ashley

September 5, 2020 to
October 23, 2020

an excuse, but it is a delight to visit family (often with family) and spend multiple weeks photographing my favorite city. The ever present dogs in Rome have always found their way into my photographs, but in the last few years the dogs have become principle actors. 
"The goal of this [body of work] is to de-stigmatize those living
with dementia. To use empathy
Joe Wallace

The Griffin @ Lafayette City Center Passageway

September 25, 2020 -
January 25, 2021
as a means for connection and understanding. To tell a more complex and complete story of those living with the disease and its affect on their families and loved ones.."

Focus Awards 11.13.2020
Programming 11.14.2020
Live Auction 11.15.2020
It’s a collector’s weekend! 
Starting on Friday Evening on November 13, 2020 at 7 PM we celebrate the Griffin's 14th Focus Awards by honoring Boston photography gallerist
Robert Klein with the Lifetime Achievement Award and gallerist Arnika Dawkins of Atlanta, Georgia with the Rising Star Award.
Saturday November 14th will be filled with virtual lectures and artist talks.

Some examples are: 

W.M. Hunt, the great champion of photography as a collector, curator and consultant, will talk about how to collect photography, what to collect in photography and what he collects and the auction.
Barbara Hitchcock, former Director of Cultural Affairs for the Polaroid Corporation and former curator of the Polaroid Collection will have a one-on-one discussion with one of the photographers featured in our auction.

Drew Epstein will host a question and answer program called “Ask Me a Copyright Question.” Here’s your opportunity to get your gnawing copyright questions answered by a copyright expert.
Save the Dates!
November 13, 14 and 15.
Join us for a special weekend of events!
Drew is the president of the Griffin Museum of Photography’s board of directors and a copyright attorney. He advises and represents many industry photographers.

Contemporary photographers Jennifer McClure, Chehalis Hegner, Raymond Thompson and one other photographer in our auction will discuss in a facilitated conversation "what floats their boat" and "what keeps them up at night" in photography in the year 2020.

Live auction
11.15.2020 at 3 PM
Auction items viewable 2 weeks prior.

Over 70 prints spanning a wide spectrum of photographic genres will be available. Original photographs will be available from established photographic luminaries such as John Paul Caponigro, Barbara Crane, Elsa Dorfman, Jim Dow, Harold Feinstein, John Goodman, Cig Harvey, David Hilliard, Lou Jones, David Levinthal, Rania Matar, Arno Minkkinen, Olivia Parker, Vaughn Sills, Joyce Tenneson, George Tice, Bradford Washburn, William Wegman, Ernest Withers and so many more. Also available is a coveted and highly collectable complete set of “baseball” trading cards by Mike Mandel. A number of these cards are in major museum collections.

We are also pleased to introduce you to works from the next generation of creative artists, Keiko Hiromi, Jennifer McClure, Maggie Meiners, Aline Smithson and Sal Taylor Kydd among others.

Image © Arno Raphael Minkkinen

Rescheduled to
February 11, 2021 7 - 8:30 PM
"As part of our “Tours of Duty” exhibition, the Griffin Museum of Photography is pleased to host David Pace in an Artist Talk and Virtual Book Signing...."

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. 
Look for our upcoming programming with photographers Brent Lewis, Sama Alshaibi, Rania Matar, Larry Fink, Mary Beth Meehan and Liz Deschenes.

Coming October 29, 2020 to the Griffin. “Tours of Duty.” Todd Bradley, - War Stories I Never Heard, Binh Danh - Military Foliage and One Week’s Dead, Suzanne Opton - Many Wars, David Pace and Stephen Wirtz - WIREPHOTO, Allison Stewart - Bug Out Bag: The Commodification of American Fear, D. Clarke Evans - Before They’re Gone: Portraits and Stories of World War II Veterans and William Betcher - War Games. More here.

As promised, coming in December is our Winter Solstice 2020, a Griffin Museum Members' Open Exhibition. Reception info here.

We may charge for some of our virtual programs although a high amount of our programs are free. We have low yearly membership rates, low entry fee to our yearly juried show. We have distance memberships, photo educator discounts, senior discounts, 1 member-open exhibition a year, free member reviews with the director 1 time a year and NARM reciprocal benefits for those who join at the Friend rate and above.

The Griffin Museum of Photography is proud to also participate in the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s EBT Card to Culture program, a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Department of Transitional Assistance. We offer free general admission to our exhibitions (does not include programming) with a valid EBT and/or WIC card for up to four additional family members with card holder.
We are opened. Appointments are necessary. No walk ins.