NH Society of Photographic Artists presents its 22nd annual exhibition

EXETER – The 22nd Annual Membership Exhibition of the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists will be held January 9-30 at the Exeter Town Hall Gallery. The hours will be Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

An opening reception will be held on Sunday January 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Many photographers will be present and available to answer questions about their work.

This year’s featured image is a handmade platinum / palladium print titled “Harbor Beach Stone # 45” by fine art photographer Jay Goldsmith.

“The print is one of a larger series of fascinating and beautiful formations found in the rocks of Harbor Beach in York, Maine,” Goldsmith said.

The method he used to make his print is a historic “handmade” photographic process called “platinum / palladium”. Prints are created by sandwiching a large format negative and a piece of fine art paper. This paper, having been coated with a mixture of salts and platinum (and / or palladium), is exposed under very bright ultraviolet light and developed in a bath to remove the salts. This leaves only the platinum metal embedded between the fibers of the paper. The image does not rest on the surface of the paper, as with inkjet printing.

“Such a process requires a lot more effort and expense, but produces a rare and unique image with gentle warmth and extreme archival stability,” Goldsmith said.

Fine art photographers from across the state have combined their styles and techniques to create a unique representation of old and new ways in the field. Black and white gelatin silver prints, conventional color prints, historically inspired handmade contact prints, as well as “cutting edge” digital images printed on archival papers are some of the photographic methods traditionally exhibited.

The NHSPA recently created a 288 page book titled “NH NOW, A Photographic Diary of the Granite State”. Seventeen cents of the book have been published by the NH Historical Society, and exhibits featuring images from the book have been held statewide in recent months.

The group also took a big step towards establishing a permanent studio at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord. This new facility will allow members to print high-quality photographic images on large format Epson printers or use the studio’s lighting equipment to create their art.

NHSPA is a statewide organization of art photographers dedicated to supporting contemporary photography as a medium for creative expression and cultural understanding. The group focuses on the education and artistic development of its members and the community by offering exhibitions, publications and educational outreach programs.

Visit the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists Facebook page and the www.nhspa.org website calendar page for more information.

The Exeter Town Hall Gallery is accessible to disabled people via a lift inside the back door, next to the upper car park. Masks are currently required in all buildings located within the city limits of Exeter. Free entry.

James C. Tibbs