Book of the Week (11/22/2021)

New Hampshire Now: A Photographic Diary of Life in the Granite State (Concord, NH: New Hampshire Historical Society, 2021).

Inspired by the Farm Security Administration photography documenting life in America during the Great Depression, the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists and the New Hampshire Historical Society joined forces to undertake a three-year project to photographically record daily life in the state. This book is the result of nearly 50 photographers covering the seven regions of the Granite State, making thousands of images that create a 21st-century portrait of the people, places, culture, and events in New Hampshire. The body of work created not only illustrates this book, but also is featured in eight exhibitions around the state (all opening October 1, 2021) and archived at the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, New Hampshire. Gary Samson, award-winning photographer and seventh New Hampshire Artist Laureate, served as project director for New Hampshire Now.

This publication, featuring more than 250 photographs and an introduction by Howard Mansfield of Hancock, is a truly New Hampshire product: created by New Hampshire artists; designed by Peter E. Randall Publisher of Portsmouth; printed by Puritan of Hollis, one of the nation’s leading fine art and photography printers; and printed on paper produced by Monadnock Paper Mills of Bennington, founded in 1819 and the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States. -- Publisher's blurb

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