Photographer Lauren Shaw began a 10-year oddessy intended to be an exhibition and a companion publication. During that span of time, however, the tools to capture audio and video become more accessible, both in portability, and affordability. She returned to the subjects in her project and produced and accompanying video that travels with the print exhibition and independently to film festivals. She, along with others such as Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur, were early to adding a multimedia component to their work, honoring their subjects by bringing their voices to a much larger audience.
Emerson College will be presenting both the exhibition and the film “Maine Women Living on the Land” through November 14th. Lauren Shaw will be present at the reception this Thursday at te Huret & Spector Gallery, 10 Boylston Place, 6th Floor.
From the Press Release:
“The women of Maine – including a blueberry farmer, a business owner, a herbalist, and a State Representative – are captured in a new exhibition at Emerson College’s Huret and Spector Gallery. Maine Women: Living on the Land is acclaimed photographer Lauren Shaw’s documentary photography series.
Maine Women: Living on the Land features ten Maine women that have lived most of their lives on the land either by producing goods or building a community. “The show not only celebrates the tenacity and integrity of these ten women, but also those individuals that have lived their life in a similar fashion,” declares Lauren Shaw. Her black and white photographic installation also includes a video documentary as well as a series of triptychs that marry photographs with topographical maps of the area.
New England photographer Lauren Shaw has been spending the past twenty-six years in Maine as a part time resident. The exhibition began to take shape in 1996 when Shaw decided to start documenting women in Maine in attempt to understand the community.
Shaw’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and included in nationally known photography collections such as the Fogg Museum, Harvard University, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Getty Museum. She is currently an associate professor and the head of the photography program in the Department of Visual And Media Arts, where she has taught since 1972.”