NH Society of Photographers Artists 22nd Annual Exhibition

EXETER — The 22nd annual New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists (NHSPA) Members’ Exhibition and Sale will take place Jan. 9-30 at the Exeter City Hall Gallery (Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m. ).

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

“Harbor Beach Stone #45” by Portsmouth resident Jay Goldsmith is the featured image in this year’s NH Society of Photographic Artists exhibition and sale.

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 part 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 historical “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 to 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 much 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 depiction of old and new methods in the field. Black-and-white gelatin silver prints, conventional color prints, historic-inspired handmade contact prints, as well as “state-of-the-art” digital images printed on archival papers are some of the methods photographs traditionally exhibited.

The NHSPA recently created a 288-page book titled “NH NOW, A Photographic Diary of the Granite State.” 1,700 copies 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, NH. This new facility will allow members to print high quality photographic images on large format Epson printers or use studio lighting equipment. to create their art.

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

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

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

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: 22nd Annual NH Society of Photographic Artists Exhibition

Michael E. Marquez