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NH Collectors to Discuss the Joy of Collecting Fine Art Photography at the NH Institute of Art, Oct. 28

Join collectors Thomas Adams, Roland Bryan, Steve Duprey and Robert Rogers for a lively discussion.

Manchester, NH, October 23, 2010 --( As the exhibit of original photos from the collection of Thomas Adams prepares to close, the New Hampshire Institute of Art is very pleased to feature four prominent collectors of original fine art photography that will discuss the art of collecting photography. Panelists are as follows: Thomas Adams, Steve Duprey, Robert Rogers, and Dr. Randy Bryan. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at the French Building Auditorium, 148 Concord Street in Manchester Thursday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 7 pm.

The discussion will be moderated by Gary Samson, chairperson of the Photography Department. Roger Williams, president of the Institute, will provide closing remarks regarding the Institute’s plans for expanding the collection of fine art photography to be used for study and learning.

“We are encouraging those who study, practice and collect photography to attend and participate in this discussion. It is a great opportunity for both photographers and collectors to learn more about what makes a quality photo in the eye of the collector, and how to make your work visible and get it in front of collectors,” Adams said. “Discussing, showing and studying the works of fine art photographers is essential to the learning process of future photographers. I look forward to working closely with the NH Institute of Art to help advance these efforts through such events as this and through efforts to encourage others to donate images to the Institute for these purposes.”

Brief biographies of the panelists follow:
Thomas Adams began collecting photography in the 1990s when he purchased Todd Webb's image of the grand dame of modern painting, Georgia O'Keefe, and Annie Leibovitz's image of an Olympic rower taken in Hanover New Hampshire. Since then he has collected scores of original images, of which more than 50 are currently being shown together for the first time at the New Hampshire Institute of Art.

Dr. Roland Bryan’s interest in photography started in high school and was further developed in College where black and white photography became his passion. There he started developing and printing his own work as well as exploring what his photographic style really was. His collection includes the works of photographers such as Annie Liebovitz, Margret Bourke-White, Alexander Baege, Frtiz Henle and others. He works as a Periodontist in Manchester, but also shoots for an advertising agency under contract with NASCAR and works as a freelance photographer.

While better known for his work in politics and business, Steve Duprey has been a photography collector for the past 10 years. He is a native of North Conway and in high school one of his close friends was Vincent Vallarino, a well-known photographer and collector who amassed a collection of over 1,000 photographs. Vincent and Steve took a photography course together and then traveled to Europe and Iceland on photography trips. He mainly collects 20th century photographs.

Bob Rogers is a self taught photographer. Represented by Boston’s Panopticon Gallery in the 1970’s, his work has been shown at several galleries and museums across the region, including Mt. Holyoke College and the DeCordova Musuem. He began acquiring other’s works in the early 1960’s.

About the NH Institute of Art: The Institute was established as the Manchester Institute of Arts and Sciences in 1898. From the Institute’s outset, it has had a firm commitment to educating diverse traditional and nontraditional students in the fine arts. As an art college accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Institute offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Certificate Programs and a strong Continuing Education program. Dedicated faculty promote intellectual and artistic development and teach students to respond artistically to contemporary social, political, and aesthetic issues.

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