upcoming exhibits

Statewide exhibit to open Fall 2021

New Hampshire NOW

In 2018 the NH Society of Photographic Artists, in collaboration with the New Hampshire Historical Society, launched a statewide project to document, in photographs, life in New Hampshire. For more than two years, 55 accomplished photographers from around NH photographed all aspects of the state and contemporary life here – the natural environment, built environment, unfolding events, and people going about their daily lives. The resulting photographic archive of approximately 10,000 images will be held in the permanent collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society and available to researchers and the public in the future through the Society’s website. This archive will be a powerful historical resource for future generations. The project director is seventh NH Artist Laureate, Gary Samson.

Eight separate exhibitions of photographs from the New Hampshire Now collection will open simultaneously at partnering venues around the state on October 1, 2021.

The locations are:

New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord

Manchester Historic Association

Museum of the White Mountains, Plymouth State University

Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene

Portsmouth Historical Society/Discover Portsmouth

Colby-Sawyer College, New London

Belknap Mill, Laconia

Tillotson Center, Colebrook

In addition, a book (288 pages) with approximately 250 photographs, edited by Gary Samson and NHSPA board members Dan Gingras and Michal Sterling with an introduction by noted NH author, Howard Mansfield, is to be designed by Peter Randall Publishing and printed by Puritan Press, Inc., on paper being supplied by NH’s Monadnock Paper Mill. The book will be available for purchase at the partner exhibiting organizations listed above, along with independent book stores.

It is planned that the books will be available in September 2021. Cover price will be $49.95.