Gordon College to Host Photography Exhibit by Stephan Gersh

Gordon College presents two new art exhibitions, featuring photographs by Essex-based artist Stephan Gersh and paintings and prints by Gordon’s Department of Art faculty. A reception for both exhibits will take place on Saturday, January 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Barrington Center for the Arts.

Gersh is a master photographer whose career spans four decades and touches upon several of the most influential moments of modern image-making. Serving as assistant to both Ansel Adams and Minor White—giants of 20th-century photography—he was formed by two very different schools of photographic thinking: the “straight photography” of the field camera out in the wilds of Yosemite and Carmel (Adams) and the “spiritual insight” approach of photographers like Chiarenza and Caponigro, who were also influenced by Minor White and whose work attempted to reveal the inner landscape of heart and imagination in and through abstracted nature photos.

Gersh spent many years pushing the envelope of his field as a professional and also as a teacher in many different venues, including his own renowned enclave, The Essex Photographic Workshop. He served as director of New England School of Photography and taught at M.I.T., Massachusetts College of Art and other schools.

Gordon College is pleased and honored to have this important new exhibition of work by Gersh, one of the North Shore’s treasures, along with a concurrent exhibit of recent work by the faculty of the Gordon College Department of Art. Both shows are not to be missed.

Photographs by Stephan Gersh and Currents: Faculty Art Show
On view: January 16–February 23
Reception: Saturday, January 26, 4–6 p.m.

For information on this exhibition, contact Bruce Herman, Lothlorien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts, at 978.867.4414 or [email protected]. To learn more about the Barrington Gallery, visit www.gordon.edu/gallery.