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Artists in Conversation: Neal Rantoul and Michael Hintlian
May 10, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$7 – $12
Join us for a wonderful evening of looking at and talking about the photographs of two contemporary masters with a conversation between Michael Hintlian and Neal Rantoul.
Friends and colleagues, Michael and Neal occasionally meet up for lunch or a coffee. For several years they sponsored a monthly meeting with other photographers called “Print Group.” When they do get together what often ensues is a conversation about photography: its people, its precedents, its history, its trends and how these and other aspects relate to their own work. Each photographer values the different take on the discipline that the other has. These meet ups often serve as an affirmation on the viability of what is at times a difficult personal journey.
While Michael and Neal come to photography from a common understanding of the medium’s pervasive power in contemporary times and an unyielding belief in the efficacy of practice with a disciplined approach, their underlying aesthetic and methods are vey different. In this first for the Griffin programming, the two of them will work to define their own point of view and field questions from the other that can really only be asked by someone working in a comparable level. Finally, there will be time for the audience to ask questions and to continue the conversation.
Neal Rantoul is a career artist and teacher. He has taught photography since 1971. He is an emeritus professor and was head of the Photography Program at Northeastern University for thirty years and taught for thirteen years at Harvard University as well. He retired from Northeastern in January 2012. Rantoul has work in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); the DeCordova Sculpture Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA); the Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA); the High Museum (Atlanta, GA); the Kunsthaus (Zurich, Switzerland); the Center for Creative Photography (Tucson, AZ); and Princeton University (NJ). He is the recipient of many awards and grants, including a Whiting Foundation Fellowship; a Lightwork residency (Syracuse, NY); RSDF, FDP and IDF grants from Northeastern University, a residency in Hofsos, Iceland in 2013; and he was a finalist twice for the Massachusetts Cultural Council award. Rantoul was an active member of the Board of Directors of the Photographic Resource Center for six years, serving on its Executive Committee for three years and is on the Board of Corporators at the Griffin Museum of Photography. Since retiring Rantoul has been teaching workshops, traveling, publishing and making new work. In the spring of 2013 he had simultaneous shows at the Danforth Museum in Framingham and another at Panopticon Gallery in Boston of new landscape work. A new book of his writing on his own work and others came out in 2015, called: Neal Rantoul, Essays on Photography. After showing work from Iceland at the New England School of Photography in Waltham in January 2018, Mr. Rantoul spent the month of February aerially documenting the extensive fire damage in Southern and Northern California. He also has a new book out called Trees, Sand and Snow. He will teach again this summer at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Mr. Rantoul has a website: www.nealrantoul.com. The site has a gallery of most of his work made over his career and also contains an active blog where he writes about his work, reviews other photographer’s shows and books published on photography.
Michael Hintlian is a photographer based in Boston. Educated at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, studied with Bill Burke and Jim Dow. Winner of Traveling Scholarship from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Hintlian’s work has appeared in major U.S. dailies and international periodicals, and has been widely exhibited and collected. His photo-documentary Digging: The Workers of Boston’s Big Dig was published in 2004. He is currently at work on major projects in the United States and travels extensively. Hintlian has served on the faculties of The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The New School for Social Research, and Parsons School of Design, New York. Currently he heads Documentary Photography at New England School of Photography in Boston.