• Exhibit will feature portraits and photographs from news events, like 2014 visit of whale ship Charles W. Morgan. 
  • Ivy Ashe 

Eyes of the Island Features Gazette Photography

  • Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 3:38pm

For the past four decades, Vineyard Gazette photographers have been found in all corners of the Island at all hours of the day, producing a journalistic record that is at once remarkable and beautiful.

On Sept. 24 an exhibit will open at Featherstone Center for the Arts featuring the work of many of these photographers.

Titled Eyes of the Island, the exhibit runs until Oct. 22 at the new Art Barn on the Featherstone campus in Oak Bluffs. An opening reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Gazette has been published continuously since 1846, but its strong emphasis on photography did not begin until the 1970s. Since then, the community newspaper has won hundreds of awards for photojournalism. When the Gazette launched its new website in 2012, color photography became a key signature of the site.

The exhibit will include prize-winning photography, in both black and white and color, that has appeared over the years in the pages of the Gazette or on its website. The collection includes a selection of portraits, from Island fishermen to visiting Presidents. It also includes a selection of photographs from news events both ordinary and extraordinary — fires, hurricanes, the Fourth of July parade, an annual town meeting, an art opening, a stunning sunset.

It is but a small sampling of an enormous volume of work that spans the era of black-and-white photography produced on film and processed in darkrooms, to the current era of digital color photography.

Alongside the Gazette collection, eleven photographers whose images regularly appear in the pages of the newspaper and on its website, will exhibit their individual work. They are: Albert O. Fischer, Alison Shaw, Alison L. Mead, Jeanna Shepard, Lanny McDowell, Maria Thibodeau, Mark Lovewell, Peter Simon, Ray Ewing, Steve Myrick and Timothy Johnson.