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  • David Scott Allen

    David Scott Allen | Tucson, Arizona

    My work is about curiosity. I photograph windows and doors, bolts and gates, stairways, people and parades. I want to know what is behind them and where they lead; I am curious as to where they are going. And I aspire to taking photographs that tell stories–perhaps a different story for every viewer.

    In the process, I play with light and shadows, textures and grain, patterns and oneness. I attempt to look inside the subject; I look for the details. These photos represent the way I see each place, each person, each moment.

    They were taken in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco in 1991 while I was there on a museum-sponsored expedition.

    For more information about David Scott Allen, please visit:
    www.DSA-Photography.com.

  • Daniel Basubas

    Daniel Basubas | Lake Elsinore, California

    I am a senior at the University of Arizona Honors College studying Environmental Science and Chemistry. I am interested in sustainable land and water management and would like to take that focus to help countries in need.

    I was in Namibia in 2011 on a University of Arizona Honors College study abroad program in desert ecology and conservation biology. We hired a translator, a non-traditional Himba woman, so that we could communicate with the Himba tribe. We got more than we asked for when they performed a traditional dance for us and even got some of the students involved.

  • Chris Bower

    Chris Bower | Nashua, New Hampshire

    When I retired after 40 plus years as a mechanical engineer, I purchased a Nikon DSLR camera and a couple of lenses and re-acquainted myself with my favorite hobby of photography. I am self-taught,having learned my craft from viewing and evaluating the works of other photographers and through trial and error. My goal as a photographer is to capture and show the unique personality of the animals in their natural environments and their interactions with their offspring and other animals; it is not just to make a “record” shot. I think that some of my images of these interactions evoke a reaction that is seen as a reflection of our own human emotions.

    My first trip to Africa was a retirement gift to my wife, Jennifer, and me. I planned a two week trip to East Africa in September 2009, hoping to see the Great Migration as well as the “Big Five,” a gaming term that refers to lions, African elephants, Cape buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceros. We traveled in a safari vehicle, accompanied only by our guide, to the national parks and conservation areas of both Tanzania and Kenya. We returned with promising photographs and a deep passion for Africa. This safari was supposed to be one of our trips of a lifetime, but we fell so in love with the beautiful sweeping landscapes, animals, birds and peoples of Africa that we have returned to Africa twice and hope for a fourth trip in 2014.

  • Jennifer  Bower

    Jennifer Bower | Nashua, New Hampshire

    I was a newspaper graphic artist and marketing specialist for almost 20 years. Fortunately, an artist’s “eye” for color and composition transfers well from graphics to photography. This ability made the new hobby of photography a relatively easy transition (except for the actual mechanics of the camera!). When my husband Chris and I retired, we were able to continue to travel and share our love of photography. My photos have evolved from family “record” shots to more artistic images and have now been exhibited in several galleries and a number of art shows in the Northeast.

    My first visit to Kenya and Tanzania, in 2009, was actually a retirement trip for my husband and me. The destination was my husband’s first choice, not mine. But, I quickly became hooked on Africa after experiencing the amazing wildlife, people, sights and colors of east Africa and hope to return as often as possible.

  • Dominic Chavez

    Dominic Chavez| Chelsea, Massachusetts

    Dominic Chavez’ photographic career began at age 19 at The Denver Post where he freely explored his craft, interweaving creative vision, personal documentary and photojournalism. At the age of 25, The Boston Globe brought him East, where he worked until the summer of 2008.

    Since 1991, Dominic has covered a wide range of domestic and international issues. He has reported from the front lines of Iraq to the war-torn streets of Angola, and the effects of the ongoing drug war in Colombia.

    Presently, Dominic focuses on his true passion: bringing awareness on domestic and global health issues through his personal work. From 1999-2009 he has documented the height of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, also producing two books, one about the impact of the epidemic in Nigeria in 2006 and a second about AIDS Treatment in Africa in 2009, both in tandem with Harvard School of Public Health. His latest project was on drug-resistant tuberculosis with the World Health Organization in 2009.

    Dominic has been recognized with many awards, and two most notable include the Kaiser Family Foundations’ Media Fellowship Award 2007-2008 and First Place in the Pictures of the Year International Competition, for his work during the Iraq War in 2004.

    His photographs speak most eloquently of his passion and his vision, capturing the most vulnerable moments of humanity.

    Dominic lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts, with his loving wife and a small collection of bonsai trees.

    For more information about Dominic Chavez, please visit: www.dominicchavez.com.

  • Ciara Clark

    Ciara Clark | Melrose, Massachusetts

    A native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, I currently work as a research professional at Millennium: The Takada Oncology Company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. My work has entailed biopharmaceutical research and development in the areas of immunology, oncology and cellular based therapeutic programs.

    My passion has always been dedicated to the cause of helping the greater good, especially utilizing my professional skills in developing nations. To that end, I began volunteering with foreign non-profit organizations by working in overseas clinics and orphanages in such countries as Kenya and Nepal. One day, I hope to make this a full time endeavor.

    In November 2007, I traveled to the Cape Verde Islands with one of my closest friends, who is a native of the islands. After observing the poverty of the islands first hand, my friend and I raised funds and collected medical supplies for Sao Francisco Hospital, located in Fogo, Cape Verde.

    In May 2009, I traveled to Kenya where I volunteered to work as a Laboratory Assistant in a local health clinic and maternity ward located in the Kawangware slums in Nairobi, Kenya. I assisted the clinics by conducting routine diagnostic testing on antenatal patients, including urine sampling, microscopy, blood typing, rhesus categorization and blood testing for hemoglobin levels. During my three week stay, I took advantage of the opportunity to experience what this beautiful country had to offer.

  • Lucy Keith Diagne

    Lucy Keith Diagne | Dakar, Senegal and Gainesville, Florida

    Diagne, originally from Massachusetts, has spent the past 25 years conducting field research with marine mammals around the world, including 15 years working with manatees. Diagne is a Research Scientist at Sea to Shore Alliance, a non-profit marine research organization based in Sarasota, Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. Lawrence University, her Master of Science degree in Marine Biology from the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, where her dissertation research focuses on the ecology and genetics of the West African manatee. She has a wide range of field experience with endangered species, including penguins, sea turtles, the Hawaiian monk seal, and Florida, Antillean (Caribbean), and West African manatees. Her interests include animal behavior, ecology and conservation.

    Diagne began studying West African manatees in Gabon in 2006, in Senegal in 2009, and she has also studied the species in Angola, Ghana, Mali, and Republic of the Congo. Additionally, Diagne saw a critical need for information and training for African researchers throughout the range of the species, so in 2008 she initiated a collaborative network for manatee fieldwork and conservation which now has members in 18 African countries. To date she has trained over 52 African biologists in manatee field techniques and conservation planning. She was awarded the Manatee Conservation Award by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2003, and she is a member of IUCN Sirenian Specialist Group and a Chair of the West African Manatee Regional Subgroup. Lucy is married to Tomas Diagne, who is a West African manatee and turtle researcher.

    For more information about Lucy Keith Diagne, please visit sea2shore.org
    and http://insearchofmamiwata.blogspot.com/.

  • Kelvin Edwards

    Kelvin Edwards | Kittery, Maine

    Kelvin “Kel” Edwards, a retired engineer, and wife Royaline, a retired educator, are the parents of two children, Trent and Alysa, and the grandparents of five: Langston, Landon, Raina, Alfred, Jr, and Dylan. Edwards, who attended the public schools in New Brockton and Enterprise, Alabama, is a graduate of Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is active in the Seacoast Community and currently serves as vice president of the Seacoast African American Cultural Center (SAACC), is a member of the Portsmouth Burying Ground Committee, and was a founding member of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and past president of the Seacoast Camera Club.

    Edwards’ interest in photography began years ago when he was a kid using a “Kodak Brownie.” He has won a number of photo contests, and has published works in at least two photography books, one of which is Portsmouth & Coastal New Hampshire: A Photographic Portrait.

    Edwards traveled to South Africa in October 2001 as part of a tour that was sponsored by Links International and entitled “An Educational Survey of South African Culture.” Links, in collaboration with the South African Ministry of Education, had built 32 one-room schools in South African tribal lands. This trip was a grand dedication of all the schools and a special dedication of the last school constructed.

  • Elaine Emmerich

    Elaine Emmerich | Lexington, Massachusetts

    Elaine Emmerich currently attends high school in her home town of Lexington, Massachusetts. She has a vested interest in global psychology and African studies, and is currently employed at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Division of Global Psychiatry. There, she researches Liberia’s psychiatric needs and is planning on traveling there sometime this year.

    In the summer of 2011, Emmerich traveled to Rwanda where she worked in an orphanage and primary school. She hopes to continue photographing new subjects in her future travels.

  • Audrey Gottlieb

    Audrey Gottlieb | York, Maine

    Audrey Gottlieb, documentary photographer, was born in Neptune, New Jersey, in 1944. A graduate of Temple University, Gottlieb has worked as a photographer and educator in Boston, New York and Salonica, Greece. She joined the United Nations in 1973, serving in public information, photography, editing and translation positions in New York, Geneva, Nicosia, Nairobi and Mogadishu. She is best known for her work on American immigration in the borough of Queens, New York.

    Gottlieb’s exhibitions include the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Friends of Photography, San Francisco; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona; Ellis Island Immigration Museum; George Eastman House Museum, Rochester, NY; Center for African-American History and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution; Jewish Museum, NYC; Center for the Fine Arts, Miami; Simon Wiesenthal Center Beit Hashoah Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles; Jimmy Carter Library Museum, Atlanta; Queens Museum of Art; Long Island Museum, Stony Brook; Queens Historical Society, Lysippos Gallery, Athens, Greece; Ogunquit Arts Collaborative, Maine; and Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University. Her work is in both private and public collections, including the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, Queensborough Public Library, City Lore and Cooper Union, all in New York City. She is represented by the Michael Ingbar Gallery of Architectural Art in Soho, NYC.

    She has taught workshops, led walking tours, given lectures, and worked as a freelance photo researcher.

    From May through November of 1993, she served with the United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM) as Photographer/Information Assistant. Working against all odds in that war-torn country, she successfully established an archive of photographs documenting everyday life during that period, with major focus on the political and humanitarian activities of the UN in peace-keeping, peace-making and peace-building. It is the nature of the photojournalist to see, to record and to tell the story.

    For more information about Audrey Gottlieb, please visit: www.audrey-gottlieb.com.

  • Hunt Harris

    Hunt Harris | Moline, Illinois

    Photography has been an interest of mine since I purchased a Brownie camera in grade school. In high school I set up a darkroom in my basement and photographed for the school newspaper. After graduation my interests turned to family and career, so photography fell by the wayside. Decades later, with the advent of digital cameras, my interest in photography was rekindled.

    Most of my pictures are taken on travels abroad. My wife and I have visited all seven continents at least twice. I use the camera to frame a scene looking for a desirable perspective and interesting subject matter. I use Photoshop to bring out the essence of the image, as I want the viewer to experience it. This may be as simple as enhancing its brightness, saturation and contrast or more complex bringing out detail and mood often unseen in the original image. I am generally not a documentary photographer but seek to develop a print that brings back the feelings that I had when I first viewed the subject.

    My lovely wife, Diane, and I live near the Mississippi River in Moline, Illinois. We are proud parents of two children (one living in Boston) and have four granddaughters. My formal education is in economics (BA Pomona College, 1971) and business (MS Stanford University, 1979). During my career I ran several companies and, now retired, I am an active volunteer and chairperson of the boards of many non-profit organizations in my Quad Cities community.

    Previously I have exhibited my works in many Quad Cities venues including the DeWitt (Iowa) Opera House, the Quad Cities Botanical Center, the Figge Arts Café, Moline Public Library, John Deere headquarters, Augustana College, North Central College and the Putnam Museum. My Antarctic exhibit is on permanent loan to the Trinity Rock Island Medical Center. Many of my African photos are permanently displayed at Niabi Zoo’s African exhibit. Other works can be viewed in the offices of United Way, Trinity Medical Center, the Child Abuse Council, Habitat for Humanity and the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

    We have been to Africa several times, primarily to view wildlife in Kenya and Tanzania. In 2007 we spent almost four weeks in southern Africa visiting Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa. We are attracted to Africa by it wildlife, beautiful terrain and wonderful people. We look forward to sharing this experience with our grandchildren when they get older.

    For more information about this Hunt Harris, please visit: www.TheArtfulLens.com.

  • Kenneth Harvey

    Kenneth Harvey | Merrimack, New Hampshire

    Most of my formal training in art stems from
    studying architecture in the early 1960’s at Pratt Institute in New York City. Courses included free-hand drawing, color theory, composition, and other training that was directly transferable to photography. The training at Pratt Institute opened my eyes to the art world in general. A later course in cinematography expanded my understanding.

    My interest in photography grew when I was in the U.S. Army and stationed in Heidelberg, Germany from 1966 to 1968. While there, I was able to use the photo lab where I developed my own film, printed enlargements, and mounted the photos. To get the best of both worlds, I used two (Pentax Spotmatic) camera bodies with three interchangeable lenses. One camera body was used for color film; the other was used for monochrome film. Interestingly, I learned a tremendous amount about photography by pouring over the first-rate photographs in National Geographic magazine!

    I retired in January of 2006 and now have more time to pursue my love of photography. Just as architecture is a wonderful blend of art and engineering, photography has proven to be a wonderful blend of art and technology. People have asked me what kind of photography I do. There is no clear answer because I see art in a variety of places.

    In May 2012, my wife, Susan, and I were travelling in southern Spain and made a one-day voyage on the high-speed ferry from Tarifa, near Gibraltar, to Tangier, Morocco. We engaged a local tour guide, Ladri, who showed us around the exotic old parts of the town (and took us to places where we would not have dared go by ourselves.) We love to travel and were drawn to Morocco because it was so accessible, yet so foreign from Europe because of the different society in a Muslim African country. The people there were delightful and we never felt threatened in any way.

  • Johann Hattingh

    Johann Hattingh | Johannesburg, South Africa

    Born in 1973, Johann “Slang” Hattingh has been a professional photo-journalist since 1996. Based in Johannesburg, he has worked as stringer and staffer for various publications and agencies including the Associated Press, Reuters, the European Press-Photo Agency, Agénce France-Presse, the South African Press Association, Beeld, Mail & Guardian, Business Day and Libération. He also spent a year living in the Sudan working for the United Nations Mission in Sudan under the mandate of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Johann has also been on assignment in many other countries, including Iraq, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, South Korea and New Zealand. Currently Hattingh freelances on the African continent for news and humanitarian agencies.

    For more information about Johann Hattingh, please visit:
    http://www.slang.co.za/Site/Homepage.html.

  • John Isaac

    John Isaac | Bronxville, New York

    John Isaac is a world-renowned professional photographer who headed the Photography Department at United Nations for almost three decades.  He has photographically documented his travels to well over 100 countries, many of which are in Africa.  He has witnessed some of the world’s most horrendous acts of inhumanity, documenting for the rest of the world to see, for example, the 1983 Ethiopian famine and the 1994 Rwandan genocide.  He is widely respected for his dedication to preserving the dignity of the people in his photographs even if it means giving up a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo.  In addition to the UN, Isaac was engaged by UNICEF, where he worked closely with Audrey Hepburn, Harry Belafonte, and Liv Ullman and he also has worked on personal assignments with such celebrities as Luciano Pavarotti and Michael Jackson. His awards, both National and International, are too numerous to list save the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Photographic Council.

    Isaac’s career has been both distinguished and inspirational.  He continues to promote the welfare and well-being of children throughout the world and to document the immense beauty in the world. He is currently focusing his lens on animals, particularly tigers in his native India.

    For more information about John Isaac, please visit: http://theliteratelens.com/2012/04/12/john-isaacs-untaken-photographs/.

  • John Kenny

    John Kenny | London, England

    John Kenny is a fine art photographer living in London. Since 2006 his focus has been on Sub-Saharan Africa, highlighting the pivotal role that traditional communities play in humanity’s survival in places where the earth’s resources are minimal. His work emphasizes the positive role that Africa and Africans play in the 21st Century and also highlights the threats to traditional ways of life today. John’s work has been exhibited worldwide and has featured on BBC Radio, The London International Documentary Festival, and been reproduced within UK national and international news, art and photography press.

    Last year John donated works in support of Survival international, Concern Worldwide, and a piece was auctioned at Sotheby’s, New York in aid of ‘Art for Africa’.

    My style of portraiture. In 2006 I developed my style of portrait photography within traditional communities, heavily influenced by the dramatic pictures of chiaroscuro artists. Chiaroscuro is an Italian term which literally means light-dark. Back then, at the very start of my Africa journey, I was buzzing with energy having met people of real magnetism just days into my trip. I was excited by extraordinary people and fascinating cultures and wondered how I could possibly communicate and express these feelings of excitement to friends and family back home.

    The solution, I imagined, would involve abstracting the remarkable from the not so remarkable: put simply, I felt that the vibrant and intense individuals that I had met in traditional communities would best show their magnetism on camera when they were removed from the (often) dull and dusty backgrounds of their immediate environment. After a few days I started to imagine each of these people in front of me emerging from the nothingness of darkness, with no distractions, hoping that this would provide a real feeling of proximity between the viewer and the person in the picture. Practicing this new technique in remote African villages in 2006 I had nothing but sunshine and a hut available as a great ‘open studio’: so I used these parameters and started experimenting. So it’s simply the illumination of natural sunlight, and sun on dry earth, that reaches into the darkness of huts and lights up these remarkable people.

    Falling in love with photography, and the origins of this series. I first fell in love with photography around 2003. I had not been fortunate enough to receive an art or photography education, but I knew back then, when I picked up my first SLR camera, that I had found the perfect way to express myself. Every time I had the camera in my hand I was looking to improve, needing to know what everything and anything looked like once it had been through the photographic process. It was a bit like a mad pursuit of alchemy – throwing everything into the mix to see if any magic came out of the other side. The process of photographic learning is very rarely a simple one, but to me it remains beautiful: discoveries, experimentation and seeing for the first time how a camera distorts and enhances the world.

    In Africa I seem to have made it my goal to travel through some of the remotest areas of the continent where the reaches of urbanisation and 21st century living are barely detectable. Looking back, this wasn’t my intention when I first arrived there in 2006, but somehow I keep returning to Africa to photograph because I’m fascinated to encounter societies that are able to survive in some of the most arid, isolated and difficult environments that people have settled in. If you haven’t visited these places then the reality of living is not nearly as romantic or idealised as one might imagine. Life takes place against a backdrop of very uncertain resources and enormous hardships, but traditions and hospitality towards outsiders remain intact.

    I specifically chose to photograph the individuals that you see in these galleries because I had a very real sense of wonder when I met them. Each one of these people had something that attracted me, sometimes a piercing intensity, or an uncommon beauty, that I felt compelled to try and capture. It’s true that I photograph for myself, first and foremost, but a close second is my desire to show others this magnetism that draws one into the eyes of these fascinating people.

    I have usually travelled alone or with a guide on these journeys, along the way walking and hopping onto overloaded vehicles of every kind to head to remote settlements. Often the destination is a transient, weekly market where hundreds of vibrant, colourful people assemble somewhat incongruously against a dull, dusty backdrop for a few hours. Later in the day they will all melt away with their animals and traded possessions, until the location is again a patch of bone-dry ground with almost nothing to separate it from the rest of the featureless land that typifies much of the African Sahel. It is fascinating to observe this process play out in almost exactly the same way across countless African countries, many of which are separated by hundreds or thousands of miles across this huge continent’s surface.

    For more information about John Kenny, please visit: www.john-kenny.com and http://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Kenny-Photography/247670915286918.

  • Eric Kolb

    Eric Kolb | Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

    Eric Kolb grew up in Kittery, Maine. As a child, his mother often took him to France to visit her family and home country. Those trips instilled in Kolb a love of exploration and desire to travel the world. Kolb has served in the Air Force for 17 years and is currently stationed at Vandenberg AFB in California where he commands a satellite launch squadron. “My beautiful wife and I have 2 crazy kids, 1 and 3 years old.”

    Kolb went to Burkina Faso in 2006 to visit his mother who was volunteering at a girls’ school in the village of Dedougou (pronounced De – doo – goo). “I love finding excuses to travel to places otherwise overlooked.” While there, he traveled from Dedougou to Tombouctou, Mali, via Ouahigouya (pronounced Why-ee-Gee-Yah). Learning to pronounce the town names throughout Burkina Faso was one of the more memorable parts of his trip; the colorful, friendly and sincere people were, of course, the most memorable part.

  • Guy Lessard

    Guy Lessard | Manchester, New Hampshire

    Guy Lessard spent ten years working as a portrait photographer and trainer for the largest national portrait company. He conservatively estimates that he took over 1.5 million pictures for them. After many magazine covers and awards, he realized that he was burned out: “Photographing for everyone else and never for myself stole the joy that I once found in my art.” So he stepped back from professional photography and spent the last two decades working with photography companies (such as Kodak and Ritz Camera), teaching photography classes, and trying to instill in others the love of picture taking he has since rekindled.

    Lessard’s passion for the photographic arts can be summed up as this: “while bad pictures can upset me, great pictures can make my heart race.” Like a musician who makes us hear his instrument as if it were the first time or like a comedienne who gives us a unique view of the world, Lessard hopes that his camera gives the viewer a fresh set of eyes.

    Lessard is a member of the Manchester Artist Association where he was President for four years, the New Hampshire Artists Association, Rivers Edge Photographic Society, and the Professional Photographers of America. He is also a Master Gardener.

    Lessard traveled to Nigeria by invitation from Nigerian friends whom he met in church while they were going to college here in the U.S. and who had returned to their home country.  His friend was able to secure some financial support from the United Nations.  He took over 1500 photographs about which he wrote: “From the bright eyes of the children, sad eyes of the youth to wise eyes of the elders, every face is a book waiting to be read.”

    For information about Guy Lessard, please visit www.GuyLessard.com
    and www.GuyLessard.blogspot.com.

  • Alexandra Manfull

    Alexandra Manfull | Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    Alexandra “Alex” Manfull is currently in her senior year at Princeton University, where she is a History major with certificates in Near Eastern Studies and American Studies. Manfull’s featured work includes photographs from her travel experience throughout Burkina Faso, where she volunteered at local sickhouse in Mariadougou in 2010. Through her photographs, Manfull hoped to capture the immense poverty and troubled landscape of Burkina Faso, while also highlighting the unique, joyful culture of its village communities. Although now pursuing a career in investment banking, Manfull acquired an early interest in photography from her father William, whose work also appears in this exhibit, and she continues to document her travel experiences abroad from behind a lens.

  • William Manfull

    William Manfull | Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    Born in 1959 in Washington, D. C., William “Towny”
    Manfull grew up overseas, in Vietnam, Belgium, England and later in two African countries. His passion for photography began in junior high school–while living in Central African Republic and, later, in Liberia, where, in both countries, his father was the U.S. Ambassador. He had a rich environment in which he could capture on film interesting culture, fascinating people, and the beautiful landscape of a small portion of the African continent (and he had access to a dark room in the U.S. Embassy where he learned to develop his own work, some of which is included in this show). In his final year of high school at Saint Andrews School in Delaware, Manfull faced a difficult life decision for a young person–pursue an education in an infinitely practical area like engineering or in the field where his true passion laid, photography? He opted for the latter, but fate had another path: because the photography program at Rochester Institute of Technology was full during his freshman year, he enrolled in printing management as an interim program. But, he never changed majors and went on to develop a successful career in printing for many years. Photography remained his passion, however, and his camera has accompanied him to many foreign destinations, including Morocco where, in 2008, some of his photographs in this show were taken. He is driven by the pursuit of that one image that “makes your whole day.”

  • Peter Newbury

    Peter Newbury | Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    I adore the rush of emotion, that moment of undeniable impact when you know for certain that you’re happy, or wistful, upset, or maybe just simply content. I’m irresistibly drawn to traveling and reaching out to a world full of new experiences and sights and sounds and realizations. I love combining emotion and experience in photographs. If an image I’ve captured can get you to smile, well up, jump around, or however you express your reactions to this world, it’s been my pleasure.

    In May 2012, my wife Kierstyn and I visited South Africa at the invitation of Bicycle Portraits. Across two years, project curators Nic and Stan captured portraits of everyday South Africans and their bicycles, and then printed three volumes of those images. We took part in a fun and provocative bicycle tour to deliver books to several of the people photographed. While in Cape Town, we were enthralled by the social diversity and integration efforts. We visited Uganda to see Betty Kogoro, a colleague of Kierstyn’s from the Seattle-based iLEAP organization. One of iLEAP’s programs gathers community leaders from far-reaching countries for 10-week courses teaching grassroots community development.

  • Bess Palmisciano

    Bess Palmisciano | Newmarket, New Hampshire

    Bess Palmisciano is a lawyer who has worked in private practice in New Hampshire and also served as in-house counsel at Signal Capital Corporation, Wentworth Capital Corporation, and FleetBoston Financial Corporation. Before becoming an attorney she had a career as a college administrator.

    In January 2000 Bess took a brief vacation from FleetBoston and visited friends in Niger, West Africa. With her husband and friends, who were diplomats living in the capital city of Niamey, she traveled north to the Air Massif and desert areas. The Air Massif and Sahara Desert are home to the Tuareg–nomads who are part of the Berber people who live in North and West Africa.

    Bess and her friends hired Tuareg guide, Moussa Haidara, who was born into a nomadic family and educated at a boarding school for the children of nomads. He told Bess of the plight of his people, who live in such remote areas that little assistance reaches them. Bess returned to the States and asked some friends to help rebuild the school. Over the next year, “Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, Inc.” (“RAIN”) was born.

    RAIN is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children and adults in Niger, West Africa, through locally developed programs in education, water resource development, agriculture and AIDS awareness. These programs promote literacy and economic security while sustaining vital nomadic traditions.

    Palmisciano spends some months each year in Niger where she works with local staff–all Nigerians–and in the bush with the nomadic and rural women and men who are our partners and volunteers.

    For more information about Bess Palmisciano, please visit www.rain4sahara.org.

  • Betty Press

    Betty Press | Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    For more than 20 years, Betty Press has photographed in East and West Africa, including eight years as an international photojournalist while she lived in Nairobi, Kenya. She has been widely published and exhibited. Currently, she is an adjunct professor of photography at the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg and is married to Bob Press. In 2011, she published her first photo book; entitled I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb, it has received wide acclaim, including the Mississippi Institute for Arts & Letters 2012 Photography Award.

    Press lived in Kenya from 1987-1995 while working as a free-lance photographer. During that time she also covered stories in East and West Africa, including Ethiopia and Togo. Since that time she has been back to Kenya and other African countries for visits and a nine-month stay in Sierra Leone (2008-09) while her husband was on a Fulbright scholarship.

    more information about Betty Press, please visit http://www.BettyPress.com, www.AfricanWisdomInImageandProverb.com
    and http://www.facebook.com/BettyPressPhotography.

  • Mark J. Sammons

    Mark J. Sammons | Tucson, Arizona

    Mark Sammons admires good photography, but does not consider himself a photographer. He takes mostly “record” shots, particularly of architecture, streetscapes, landscapes, themselves records of human activity. Only recently has he taken pictures of people at work and play.  In the winter of 2004 he and his partner were invited to visit a friend in the U.S. State Department at her new post in Nairobi. They leapt at the chance. There was no shortage of fascinating people and sights to see, but diplomatic etiquette minimized opportunities to take pictures of people.

    The Nairobi trip coincided with his work with Valerie Cunningham on her book “Black Portsmouth.” They also worked together with a community committee to organize black history walking tours of Portsmouth.  At that time he was director at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, and taught in the museum studies graduate program at UNH. He now works in the Economics Department of the University of Arizona.

  • Brad Smeltzer

    Brad Smeltzer | Loyalton, California

    Brad Smeltzer , a native of Fresno, California, would not describe himself as a photographer and yet the images he captured on film are moving and original. In 1994, Smeltzer and his family moved to the small village of Xusaane (Khoussané), Mali where they would live for 12 years, studying the Soninké language and culture. Smeltzer worked to help the Soninké people have access to God’s word, as given to the prophets Moses, David, and Jesus. Smeltzer and his family left Mali in 2006, returned in 2010, and will travel there again in December 2012. Mali has made an indelible mark on their hearts.

  • Michael Sterling

    Michael Sterling | Portsmouth, New Hampshire

    Michael Sterling has been interested in photography for over 40 years. After moving to Portsmouth in 2005, he became very active in the local photography community and switched from film to digital cameras. He is a past member of the Seacoast Camera Club and a current juried member of the New Hampshire Art Association and the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists. He also volunteers as a photographer for The Gundalow Company, the Center for Wildlife, and the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire. He has participated in many group exhibits and had a one man show, as well as received a number of photographic awards. His primary photographic interests are landscapes, seascapes and wildlife.

    Sterling has traveled to Africa twice: to Tanzania and to Botswana. In both cases, the draw was wildlife and living in a tented camp close to the wildlife. An equally strong reason for going was the opportunity to interact with local people rather than tour support personnel. The operator we travel with forms small groups and uses local guides from the area, where we can visit their villages and interact with them directly, rather than from a tour bus.

  • Jane Sydney

    Jane Sydney | Sarasota, Florida

    After many years working in the business sector, I listened to my creative muse and began designing clothing. Spending four years attending Fashion Institute of Technology as an evening student while working full time in the law, I opened my own business — Pennycandy Designs — a baby sweater company. Each and every aspect of running a business was my daily schedule from creating the designs, to choosing the colors of the yarn, to picking the perfect button to compliment the sweater.

    During this time, I fell back into my other creative muse — photography. Interestingly enough, I did not photograph fashion. Photography allowed me to capture the world around me outside of the fashion industry. Specifically I was drawn to shapes, texture and color. Of course, this was also part of my sweater business, so it seemed a natural to continue to learn more and more about light — the shadows and contrasts of a scene — and to capture what I see and present it to others.

    I have continued to hone my photographic skills over the years and while in the past many of my pieces were all about color, most recently I have moved to black and white images. It has been an interesting transition and has affected my eye — what do I want to show in what I am seeing?

    During the late 1970’s and early 1980’s I travelled often to Morocco driving through many parts of the country, staying in old fortresses-turned-hotels and meeting local guides in each location. The natural beauty of this north African country was a photographer’s dream. The people gentle and hospitable. The food natural and delicious. I vowed to visit other north African countries in the future.

    In 2009 I was fortunate enough to find a good tour to Tunisia; in the past, such tours had been difficult to find. I spent two weeks travelling throughout this fascinating country and found it as wonderful as I had found Morocco. From the marketplaces, to the movie set of Star Wars, to the holy city of Kairouan, to the medinas of Tunis and Sousse, to the resort Island of Djerba — the ountry is visually beautiful and the people open and welcoming. The ancient history of this country is endless, including its part in World War II. A truly remarkable trip.

    Once again, I found my camera eye documenting the variety of this lovely country — its people, its colors and its culture. The photographs chosen for this exhibit are examples of that variety.

    For more information about Jane Sydney, please visit: www.janesydney.com.

  • Charter Weeks

    Charter Weeks | Barrington, New Hampshire

    Charter Weeks grew up in Durham, New Hampshire where he
    attended University of New Hampshire, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in art in 1964. He worked as a commercial photographer and documentary photographer in several metropolitan areas, including New York City and Los Angeles, and returned to New Hampshire where he has lived in Barrington since 1972.

    Weeks has taken photographs for 50 years, most of them documentary in nature. His work has been exhibited in various galleries around the country including the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco. His commercial work has appeared in such publications as New York Magazine, The New York Times, Corvette Fever, The Virginia Quarterly Review. He is represented in Portsmouth by The Kennedy Gallery.

    His first trip to Africa was in 2002 with Bess Palmisciano, director of the NGO Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, to document her work with the semi-nomadic Tuareg. His second trip to Africa was in 2006 with Peter Randall and four other photographers to create a portrait of Ghana on the 50th anniversary of its independence, a reflection on the original portrait by Paul Strand in the 1960s.

    For more information about Charter Weeks, please visit www.charterweeks.com.

  • Douglas Wheeler

    Douglas Wheeler | Durham, New Hampshire

    Douglas “Doug” Wheeler is Professor of History Emeritus at University of New Hampshire in Durham. From 1965 to 2002, he taught African history as well as World history, European history, and the history of intelligence and espionage. Wheeler‘s area of specialty was contemporary Angolan political history, within the framework of the region of southern Africa. He traveled to southern Africa, including Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe, in 1966 and 1967 and in Spring 1967, Wheeler taught history in Angola. He is currently an instructor at Granite State College, where he teaches the winter terms (when he is not traveling). He is one of our invited speakers and will talk on “The Southern African Past Is Another Country?” on Thursday, November 8th.

  • Monica Wood

    Monica Wood | Portland, Maine

    Monica Wood would not describe herself as a photographer (and she would add an exclamation point to this statement). Wood is the author of When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine, a New England indie bestseller; #1 indie bestseller in Maine; a national Indie Next pick; and an Oprah’s 2012 Summer Reading pick. Monica is also the author of four works of fiction, most recently Any Bitter Thing, which spent twenty-one weeks on the American Booksellers Association extended bestseller list and was named a Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie’s Ark, Secret Language, and My Only Story, a finalist for the Kate Chopin Award.

    Wood also penned a piece in The New York Times Magazine (July 1, 2012) that caught the attention of the organizers of this exhibit. Entitled “Geography Lesson,” Wood tells the story of her trip to Benin in 2011 with her best friend since fourth grade and reveals “what a village in Africa and a small town in Maine turned out to have in common.” Her photograph is from this trip.

    For more information about Monica wood, visit www.MonicaWood.com.