“The nearest memory of being fashion conscious was in fourth grade leaving in Baltimore, my birthplace. In the 1950s, the fashion rage was the Joe College look — a button-down shirt, the sleeveless sweater vest and chino pants with a buckle in the back — yes, a buckle-in-the-back! — worn with black-and-white saddle shoes or penny loafers.”Read More
“With today’s mobile phones and computer tablets, people are being left alone to their own devices.”
Mark Chester’s The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans at Higgins Art Gallery Through September 2018
Artist Reception: September 20, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.Read More
“In a democracy, the highest office is the office of citizen.” — Felix Frankfurter, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
The Woods Hole Film Festival, celebrating its 27th year, rated a Top 10 Event by Yankee Magazine. July 28 through August 4, 2018: http://www.woodsholefilmfestival.orgRead More
"Death is big business. If only we could live to enjoy its benefits."
Mark Chester’s “Photographer’s Notes” in the Falmouth Bulletin.Read More
Mark Chester’s Photographer’s Notes, Falmouth Bulletin “Reigning Cats and Dogs”Read More
"Often I spoke with concerned pet owners who mistakenly called the wrong number to report mistreatment to dogs or cats."
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
Wild Turkeys, Falmouth Copyright © Mark ChesterRead More