The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape enjoyed its winter stay at The House of Seven Gables in Salem.
Read more about the exhibit in the excellent piece by Terry Date in the Salem News:
Chester found Fitzroy Alexander, 54, at a ceremony at the Immigrant Learning Center Inc. in Malden, where he was recognized as the Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.
Alexander came to the U.S. at 16 years old and became a citizen 25 years ago. He’s the owner of Traditional Breads Inc., in Lynn, and employs 150 people.
Alexander said America means opportunity for those who work hard.
“It’s a land of opportunity — if you put your mind to it, anything is possible,” he said.
Alexander said he is biased toward Chester, a friend, and he holds Chester’s photo project in high esteem.
“I applaud it — having the stamina and integrity to really portray that person how he sees them,” Alexander said.
Debbie was a friend of our family. My mother and she were good friends. When I was 23, I went to California dreaming of being a TV comedy writer. Ha! I was a houseguest in her Beverly Hills home in 1968. I will always remember everyone glued to the news of Robert Kennedy’s assassination. It was a traumatic time. I was in Hollywood, the ultimate limbo land, feeling like the Benjamin Braddock character in The Graduate film. The Vietnam War was escalating. Debbie helped me become an intern for TV host, writer, comedian, musician, Steve Allen, a role model of mine. I will always be grateful for her thoughtfulness and friendship; she was a positive influence on the path I eventually followed in becoming a photojournalist. Her passing one day after Carrie, who I remember as a precocious, cute, funny, easy going 14-year-old-going-on-20 girl, is a beautiful blessing in that she didn’t have to continue living with grief. Debbie will always be part of my life. Blessings to you both.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Woods Hole, MA
Not Born in the USA: A Folk Benefit Concert Celebrating Cultural Diversity
68 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543
Join us for this special and intimate acoustic show!
Proceeds to support the Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalitionthrough a special project by the talented photographer Mark Chester and his new book The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape.Read More
D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield Museums
March 22, 2016–September 25, 2016
"Black and white photography, also known as ‘monochrome’ photography, originated during the mid-nineteenth century and has pervaded to this day, particularly within the genre of documentary photography. This exhibit, drawn from the permanent collection of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, explores the documentary photography genre, juxtaposed with the special exhibit, Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of turn-of-the-Century Photography. Photography critic in the 1970s, John Szarkowski, distilled images down to two categories, “mirrors and windows” stating that “mirrors reveal information about the artist while windows tell more about the world.” This exhibit exemplifies his philosophy and underscores the impact of black and white which elevates a picture beyond simply being “news”; monochrome photography has the power to suggest cultural and critical significance."
Wild Turkeys, Falmouth Copyright © Mark ChesterRead More
WCCA TV13 produced Soapbox show is hosted by WCCA Executive Director Mauro DePasquale. Mauro's guests are Olga Kwasniewski and Olta Kodra. The topic of discussion is immigration.
Olga and Olta represent The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape with their inspiring personal perspectives.
The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape — Photographs of New Americans by Mark Chester was introduced in the Scandinavian Cultural Center's Nordic Hall to a diverse group, some in attendance participants in the project and others observers. The photographer, introduced by the SCC's cultural director, Christina Mealy, spoke of his inspiration and his mission to amass portraits of naturalized US citizens from the many countries of the world who reside in Massachusetts, for a book and exhibition, an example on display in the hall, that, with the book's publication, will launch at the New Bedford Art Museum. Three of the portrait subjects were invited up to the podium and each spoke movingly of the work and reasons for being involved.
Westy Egmont, Boston College professor and director of BC's Immigrant Integration Lab then gave an informative talk "exploring the history and current story of those who started life again in the States and made America the 'nation of nations' we know," entitled “Up the Golden Stairs: Dreams of Being American”.
Mark Chester's portraits feature in an interactive, touch-screen world map at the newly reimagined Dreams of Freedom Museum, 50th floor of Boston's Prudential tower.Read More
“As you know it took him 30 years to become a citizen. He was so excited and we celebrated at a nearby bistro…. I do want to tell you that you made him feel so special that day. You added so much excitement to the day, signalling him out and taking pictures that he was so proud of and showed everyone. He even remembered that you told a woman who wanted to take pictures that this was a private session. He would tell everyone that the pictures were going into a professional book about immigration.”
Luis Edward Lozano-Pazmino of Hyannis was born in Ecuador in 1930 and became a citizen of the United States in 2013. He passed away on December 31, 2013 during a visit to Ecuador.
The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape is a moving and powerful exhibit of more than 300 newly naturalized U.S. citizens who are residents of the Commonwealth. These inspirational photographic portraits create a visual archive celebrating the diversity of Massachusetts’ citizens from 160 countries around the globe. A Multicultural Landscape enriches the viewer by sharing the vast cultural resources and rich ethnic heritage of the Bay State’s 351 towns and cities.