New England in Focus is 128 pages of Arthur Griffin photographs.
Behind most images lie tales f history, people and adventure. These tales are mostly about the passing of an era, one lived to the hilt and documented well by one of its vital travelers.
This book is about art – the art of living fully, for a long lifetime. It is about the 1930s through 1950s when photography entered the commercial mainstream with a rush of new materials, equipment and opportunities. It is about a moment in time when New England seemed to be, in words of poet David McCord, "the authorized version of America." Finally it is about a man with the foresight to recognize new opportunities, the wisdom to follow his own shifting interests and the courage to be always himself.
Excerpted from the preface for New England in Focus
Written by Herbert A. Kenny and Damon Reed 1995