Guy Shorey: Among the White Hills

Guy Shorey (1881-1961), observer, artist and entrepreneur, has left behind a body of photographs which chronicles the lives of both the people and the land of a not too distant past in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, what Shorey called the “White Hills.”  When most men of Shorey’s time worked for the railroad or the lumber comany, he struck out on his own to become a hiker, photographer/artist and entrepreneur.  Because of his individualism, we are provided an aesthetic look into the people and places of the North Country of his time.

Although Shorey suffered from arthritis and was unable to “tramp” through his “white Hills” after the age of 40, he left behind a visual documentation which not only provides us with images of the mountains, but, also, of the people who worked and played in the Androscoggin Valley.  He promoted his “White Hills” through his photogrpahs, by post cards, brochures and books which he sold at his studios in Gorham and Randolph, New Hampshire.

In the mid-1920s Shorey decided that the grand expansive scenery of the White Mountains required a large negative and consequently, he produced over 350 photographs using a 7″ x 17″ camera.

The educational materials relating to “Guy Shorey: Among the White Hills” have been designed to teach students how to critically look at the visual images: to notice, details, personally respond, ask questions, and reflect about  the meanings; to discover for themselves the differences and similarities between their lives and the culture and times of Guy Shorey and his “Tramping through the White Hills.”

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Educational Materials

Lectures

  • Glimpses of Gorham:  Images of Guy Shorey Illustrate the Town’s Rich History, Rueben Rajala, President, Gorham Historical Society,September 26, 4 pm, Boyd 001
  • Madison:  A History of the Nation’s Oldest Mountain Hut, Chris Thayer, White Mountain Facilities Director, Appalachian Mountain Club,October 3, 4 pm, Boyd 001
  • On the Trail of Guy Shorey, Gallery talk with exhibition curator Peter Crane, October 17, 4 pm, Karl Drerup Art Gallery