|Guy Shorey in his studio|
Plymouth, N.H.–The Plymouth State University art gallery and Museum of the White Mountains will present an exhibition of photographs—Guy Shorey: Among the White Hills, September 20–October 22 at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in the Draper and Maynard Building on North Main Street in Plymouth.
Shorey was a preeminent photographer in New Hampshire’s North Country in the first half of the twentieth century. Dr. Peter Crane, curator of the Gladys Brooks Memorial Library at the Mt. Washington Observatory Museum, curated the exhibition.
Museum Director Catherine Amidon says, “Shorey’s photographs captured the essence of the White Mountains region. This exhibition has been an opportunity for the Mount Washington Observatory and Plymouth State University to collaborate on a project that celebrates the unique history and geography of “the White Hills.’”
Crane says that when Shorey left high school in 1900 he had already chosen what he thought might be his life’s work—photography—an unusual vocation for a young man in turn-of-the-century Gorham N.H., where most people worked in the logging industry or for the burgeoning railroad. As it turned out, Shorey’s passion for exploring the possibilities of photography, and his affection for the White Mountains, sustained him during economic uncertainty.
Crane says Shorey was an observer, an entrepreneur and an artist. “Shorey was an observer of his own life and especially the lives and landscape around him,” Crane says, so that “the individuals, the happenings and the scenes that Shorey enjoyed, in some cases more than a century ago, can be sampled by us today.” Not portraits, per se, but people, and people in their natural environments interested him and documented the times, making many of them historical artifacts.
As an entrepreneur, Shorey demonstrated determination and a strong business acumen. One tale has Shorey hiking with Appalachian Mountain Club Members, taking photographs all the while, hurrying back to his studio to develop the film and make sample prints, and then meeting his fellow trekkers as they exited the trail, ready to take orders for pictures. He started with a small home studio, but soon had a Main Street location, making prints and enlargements, selling and developing film, and selling prints and postcards.
As an artist, Shorey shared his love of nature by capturing and providing images of the White Mountains he loved. His large-format landscapes, shot with a 7” X 17” Korona panoramic camera, particularly exemplify his photographic skill.
Crane says, “Even in Shorey’s earliest personal photo albums, we see hints of the artist—his appreciation for natural shapes, the play of light, and inspiring outlooks. As his technical ability and eye matured, his creativity grew, as did his desire to share his mountain vision with others.”
Guy Shorey: Among the White Hills opens with a reception from 4–6 p.m. Tues., Sept. 20, at the Drerup Gallery.
Special events in conjunction with the exhibition include:
Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Boyd Science Center Room 001
Glimpses of Gorham: Images of Guy Shorey Illustrate the Town’s Rich History, by Reuben Rajala, president, Gorham Historical Society.
Oct. 3, 4 p.m., Boyd Science Center Room 001
Madison: A History of the Nation’s Oldest Mountain Hut, by Chris Thayer, Director of North Country Outreach and Education.
Oct. 17, 4 p.m., Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Draper and Maynard Building
Gallery Talk with Curator Peter Crane.
The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and by appointment. The Gallery is closed most PSU Holidays. For information call the Gallery at (603) 535-2614.
The exhibition, additional information and free down-loadable catalog and standards based curriculum packets are online at: /www.plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains/exhibitions/guy-shorey/.
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