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Eliot Porter: All the Wild Places—a Talk by Curator Jane Bianco

December 2, 2020 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm EST

Elliot Porter, Path in Wood, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, 1981, 16 x 12-3/8 in. 2017.18.2
Elliot Porter, Path in Wood, Great Spruce Head Island, Maine, 1981, 16 x 12-3/8 in. 2017.18.2

Offered online via Zoom

After attending Harvard Medical School, Eliot Porter (1901-1990) gave up a career as a researcher and teacher in the biological sciences in order to devote himself to photography. His passion for nature, and particularly birds, led him to teach himself the dye transfer process of color film printing, in order to depict nesting birds in their environments. He became a pioneer in the artistry of  color landscape photography, and an advocate for the protection of fragile habitats, as he observed and recorded images of changing environments.

The Farnsworth’s collection of Eliot Porter photographs, which includes gifts from the Porter family, was expanded in 2017, due to a generous purchase of three portfolio series of work by Eliot Porter, for a total of twenty-eight dye transfer prints, from the Friends of the Collection. These works and others on loan from Eliot Porter’s son, Stephen Porter, and his nephew David Porter, form the core of the current exhibition, Eliot Porter: All the Wild Places. Join Farnsworth curator Jane Bianco on a journey (via Zoom/ from the comfort of your own home) to view these and other photographs that Eliot Porter made as he traveled the world.

Since 2008, Farnsworth Curator Jane Bianco has researched and organized painting, photography, drawings and print, textile, architectural and other art-historical exhibitions. She has also written accompanying catalogs, including Eliot Porter: All the Wild Places. Bianco received her BFA in Graphic Design from Boston University, and her MA in Art History with concentration in Material Culture, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Cost: $15; Members free