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Mountains of Wonder

Photographs of Bradford Washburn, Explorer and Photographer
September 17, 2000 - November 2, 2000

Washburn at Exhibit

Mr. Washburn at the opening of the exhibit, showing his wife some details

Bradford Washburn

Ansel Adams called him a "roving genius of mind and mountains." Traveling the world for eight decades, mountaineer, explorer, cartographer, and aerial photographer, Bradford Washburn has documented the landscape from, the Grand Canyon to the Alps, from Mount McKinley to Mount Everest.

Born in 1910, Brad had an early interest in photography, and by the time he was sixteen he was serious about taking pictures. As a child he suffered from hay fever, and while on a trip to Europe, with his family to do some climbing he found that the symptoms disappeared at high altitudes. Climbing and hiking became the relief from hay fever and combined with his interest in photography he began the focus of an extraordinary career in mountain photography.

Bradford Washburn served as director of the Boston Museum of Science for nearly forty years. He has produced numerous award-winning maps, including those of Mount Everest, Mount McKinley, the Grand Canyon, Mount Washington, and New Hampshire's Presidential Range. He performed pioneering research in the areas of aerial film, wireless communications, cold-weather search and rescue procedures for the United States Army Air Forces, and cold-weather survival techniques.

In 1999, a traveling exhibit of Washburn's photographs was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Clifford Ackley, curator of Prints Drawings and Photographs at the Museum, says this about Washburn's photographs. "While retaining their historical documentary value, they can nevertheless be appreciated for their surprising, sometimes dizzying, spaces; for the intricate interplay of light and shadow over pristine blankets of snow; for their revelation of natural textures and patterns of startlingly abstract beauty. Some of his photographs with their exhilarating, godlike overview of vast spaces convey a sense of infinity, while others, lacking a horizon, are tantalizingly disorienting, the actual scale of the subject or even its identity not being immediately apparent."

Bradford Washburn is exclusively represented by Panopticon Gallery, recently moved to 435 Moody Street, Waltham Massachusetts 02453. For information please call 781-647-0100.

This exhibit was arranged with the cooperation of Anthony Decaneas, Panopticon Gallery.
All images copyright © Bradford Washburn 1999.

Gallery Exibit History

About the Mary Jo Rines Gallery At First Parish

The Gallery At First Parish opened September 17, 2000.

On September 13, 2011, the Standing Committee voted to name the Gallery in honor of its founder,
Mary Jo Rines, who died on September 4, 2011. A special exhibit of Mary Jo’s work was on display
in the Gallery from September 20 – September 30, 2011.

Its purpose, as described by the founders:

The mission of The Gallery At First Parish is to add another dimension
to the spiritual fabric of our lives by exhibiting the work of visual artists
who seek to contribute to a deeper understanding of the human condition.

The Gallery is intended to be a service to the parish, the artist and the wider community.

It is open to the public without charge 9 AM – 4 PM weekdays, and 9 AM – 12:30 PM Sundays.
Interested parties may also call the Church Office (781-893-7798) for other possible viewing times.

Exhibits are listed in the First Parish Event Calendar.

Gallery Exhibits
(The current or most recent exhibit is the last one listed.)

200001  Washburn  Tingley Bing Wheeler  Mongolian Youth  Grad  
200102 Rines Hsiung Brooks Frankel Dayton    
200203 Baker Randle Kusmin Thurber Ross Warren
200304 Cohen Poirier French Canty Yang    
200405 Cody  Sprayregen  Harper Pettee Ahern    
200506 Zoller Berger  Decaneas  Daley Greenfield Boyle  
200607 Ferrara Dverin Howell Tingley Haas Brown  Cirioni 
200708 Baker Lorenzen Wooding Hsiung Rines Dauge  
200809 St. Clair Mackles Doolin Dioguardi Urban Teens  Flanagan   
200910 Westra Grandin Passman  Fulenwider  Lord    
201011 Platais Hirsch Tischler Scaltreto Rosenbaum Talcott  AllGEN 
201112 Dahlgren Cooper Weeks   Smith   Kahn  Berkley   
201213 Rogers Salter Comerford Historical Goldberg Markoff   
201314 Grob Boyle Bauman Goren Saad Novetsky  
201415 Dayton Lucas i-concepts Sanders Carberry Cohen  
201516 Grob Stoddard  
2016 - 17 Randle         Artists for Humanity

Davis &
von Rumohr

Handy Rines        

Gallery Committee

Mary Jo Rines
Winky Merrill
Toni Junkin
Carol Hinckley
Karen MacDuffie
Betty Lou Marple
Wendy Wrean
Ellen Touart-Grob

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