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Frame by Frame: Snaps of the Intersection of Science and Photography

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Reception to follow
Details of images courtesy of Bob Hesse, Jim Nickelson, and Thibault Roland.

Frame by Frame: Snaps of the Intersection of Science and Photography

Bob Hesse, Jim Nickelson, Thibault Roland, and moderator Emily Handlin

Join photographers Bob Hesse, Jim Nickelson, and Thibault Roland for a discussion of the intersection between science and photography. Each artist will explain how a knowledge of science influences the creative process and will present samples of his own work. This discussion will be moderated by Emily Hanlin.

Please visit New England on Paper: Contemporary Art in the Boston Athenæum's Prints & Photographs Collections prior to or following the panel discussion to view work by Hesse, Nickelson, Roland, and other regional artists. The exhibition gallery opens at 9 am and closes at 8 pm on the day of the event.

Credit Bob HesseBob Hesse is a scientist and a teacher by trade, but has been making photographs for over 50 years. Much of his current work involves uncommon techniques—infrared, tone mapping, high dynamic range—and printing on unusual substrates, such as rice paper, wood, and fabrics ranging from silk to heavy canvas. Hesse has received awards from the New England Wildflower Society, the American Orchid Society, the Miami International Orchid Show, the Arthur Griffin Center, the Stebbins Gallery, the Queechee Balloon Festival, and the Cambridge Art Association. He is a member of the Cambridge Art Association, the Photographic Resource Center, and the Winchester Artists' Network, and is one of the organizers of Winchester's "Art in August" celebration. Hesse is rarely without a camera and loves to capture the mystery and beauty of the ordinary, the invisible, and the overlooked.

Credit Jim NickelsonJim Nickelson is a fine art photographer and custom digital printer (as Nickelson Editions) and teaches workshops on photography and digital printing, both privately and through Maine Media Workshops. He has received numerous award, including artist residencies at Acadia National Park and Arizona's Chiricahua National Monument. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries such as the Photo Resource Center at Boston University, Danforth Museum of Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and University of Maine Museum of Art. Before committing to photography, he pursued the classic artistic career path of NASA engineer and corporate lawyer. Jim makes his home in Camden, Maine, with his amazing wife and daughter.

Credit Thibault RolandThibault Roland was born in France and grew up with a love of science, obtaining his PhD in physics in 2009. His scientific research brought him to work in the United States at Cornell and Harvard Universities, where his research has played a valuable role in the study of fundamental biological mechanisms. A large portion of his studies and subsequent work as a scientist focused on optics and microscopy, and he became fascinated by photography and how scientific concepts such as time and space can be integrated into this art. Thibault is also an instructor at the New England School of Photography, and he is supported by Sony through their Artisans of Imagery and Global Imaging Ambassadors programs.

Emily Handlin holds a PhD from Brown University with specializations in the history of photography and nineteenth-century American visual culture. She has worked on exhibitions for the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, and the Tucson Museum of Art, among others. Her current book project explores the reciprocal influence of Muybridge’s photographs from Animal Locomotion (1887) and the researches of the artists and scientists who worked with Muybridge at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the gallery director of the Eastern Connecticut State University Art Gallery.

This is the third program in “Crossroads” a four-part series investigating the intersection of the arts and sciences. The founders of the Boston Athenæum collected voraciously and encyclopedically across disciplines, acquiring materials in medicine, law, literature, fine art, natural history, and more. They leased space to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and envisioned art studios alongside a (never-realized) chemistry lab housed under the Athenæum’s roof. Join us as we continue the legacy of our founders and explore the connections between how scientists and artists approach their work, ask questions about the natural world and human society, and interact with each other within and across disciplines. Other programs in this series are:

Stories from the Great Transition: How the Arts Prepare Us for Life in the Time of Climate Change
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
6-7 pm
Lecture by Green Mountain College Professor Laird Christensen

Music, Conservation, and the Environment
Thursday, April 13
6-7 pm
Performance and discussion with ECCE Ensemble

Off Stage: Reading Aftermath (A Geological Survey)
Thursday, May 4
6-7 pm

Lecture by photographer and Harvard Professor Sharon Harper

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