"Observations by Bert Lincoln Call and Henry David Thoreau"
MAINE - The Bangor Public Library in Bangor will host a traveling exhibition of photographs by Bert Lincoln Call accompanied by quotes from Henry David Thoreau's book, “The Maine Woods.” The exhibit opens Monday January 4.
Bert Call's images provide an extraordinary photographic record of Maine's north woods, often of specific places Thoreau described in his book.
Call began this series 120 years ago; however, most of his work has remained unseen. Through Call's photos we have visual documentation of the way the Maine Woods looked only 35 years after Thoreau visited.
In order to bring this collection to the public, Frank Spizuoco, exhibition curator, contacted photographer Todd Watts in 2007 with the idea of restoring Bert Call's original negatives and then producing the large-scale prints that comprise this exhibition. The exhibit's web site is CallThoreauExhibit.com.
Todd Watts is an internationally recognized photographer and respected photographic printer. He has had his own photographic work exhibited in America in more than a dozen states, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Princeton and Yale University, and The Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco.
His work has been on exhibit in galleries in Paris, Vienna, Oslo, Sweden, Australia, and Canada. For over 30 years Watt's portfolios have been published by Parasol Press Ltd. Among other projects; he printed and produced all of Berenice Abbott's photographs, including nine limited edition portfolios, from 1974 until her death in 1991.
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