Awards (scroll down for reviews and feature articles):
New Hampshire Chronicle
on WMUR Channel 9 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
From the promo:
How many have dreamed of turning a hobby into a job?
Well Paul Wainwright of Atkinson has a PhD in physics from Yale and at age 51 took a leap of faith
after the troubled economy left him without a job.
Wainwright turned his love for black and white photography into a new career.
Jennifer Crompton met with him recently and takes us inside the pages of his new book
"A Space for Faith - The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England"
Watch the Show (about 7 minutes)
on WCSH Channel 6 in Portland, Maine.
Watch on their web site
Reviews (scroll down for feature articles):
Daughters of the American Revolution's
American Spirit Magazine ran a nice review of my book in their July/August 2011 issue.
"Paul Wainwright's haunting black-and-white images evoke a sense of how central these simple buildings
were to the inhabitants of scattered [New England] villages and even larger towns and cities.
They were physical manifistations of the spiritual, communal, and political heart of each community."
- Bill Hudgins, DAR's American Spirit Magazine
The entire review may be
seen Here (1 Mb PDF file).
The Congregationalist, December, 2010
"If Wainwright's concern with form and structure stands out plainly in the photographs,
it is not to obscure, but rather to bring out,
the emotional resonance of the subject matter....
[The photographs] provide
a sense, not only of the people who used them through the long ages of worship and civic life,
but also to the variety of ornaments and styles available within a common pattern of construction."
- Larry Sommers, Editor, The Congregationalist
Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, December 5, 2010
"With his photographs of 18th century meetinghouse interiors,
Wainwright avoids artificial lighting and relies entirely upon the natural light
that would have been the congregation's main source of illumination....
His hands-on approach to working with older photographic media
rather fittingly echoes the hands-on craftsmanship of the buildings
discussed in Peter Benes' accompanying historical essay
on Meetinghouse architecture in New England.
One can only really describe these images in words inadequately."
- Lisa Fluet, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune
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Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 8, 2010
"Paul Wainwright's image of a narrow, unadorned wooden pew in a 1785 Massachusetts meetinghouse
is a contemplative marvel...
The composition is really nothing more than a precise arrangement of light and dark angles
and planes that visually advance and recede in space,
but its spare clarity seems to embody the essence of the lives that once prayed there."
- Mary Abbe, Minneapolis Star Tribune
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LensWork Magazine, September/October, 2010
"Using the quiet and still approach that is so necessary with large-format photography and view cameras,
it's a perfect match for the quiet stillness of these wonderful historic and religious spaces
that served the earliest Americans so well as their space for faith."
- Brooks Jenson, editor of LensWork
the DVD edition of LensWork Magazine
ViewCamera Magazine, July/August, 2010
"Paul Wainwright's photographic journey through time has helped create a lasting and important body of work.
The Colonial meetinghouses will surely continue to stand of years more,
and Paul's elegant images will help convey the importance they have had in American history,
and will help tell their story for generations that follow."
- Eric Biggerstaff, Contributing Editor, ViewCamera Magazine
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Reader's Digest, September 2010
"The space, the solitude, the natural light, the worn wood that people walked on or touched -
a few of the reasons Paul Wainwright photographed the 30 Early American gathering places that remain
essentially unchanged today."
- Tom Prince, Executive Editor, Reader's Digest, September 2010
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"These 77 black & white images will not reach out and grab your attention by the throat;
this is not MTV.
You have to settle in with the book for a few moments, and stop to study its contents.
Read the scattered quotes from hymns written by William Billings.
You will be rewarded."
- Lisa Parsons,
Hippo Press, July 15, 2010
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Summer Books 2010
New Hampshire Public Radio: The Exchange, June 24, 2010.
Host Laura Knoy interviews independent bookstore owners
Dan Chartrand (Water Street Bookstore, Exeter NH),
Michael Herrmann (Gibson's Bookstore, Concord NH), and
Jeff Smull (Toadstool Bookshop, Keene NH).
Click to listen (22 sec):
"As a new arrival in Boston, a Midwesterner with a history of confronting the cultural history of “out (or “back”) East,”
and a long-time admirer of Paul Strand’s Time in New England,
I can feel a synchronous meshing with Wainwright’s project and with the society these gathering places served."
- George Slade, Program Manager/Curator, Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
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A nice selection of my never-before-published color meetinghouse photographs
was featured an article entitled We Gather Together in the October 2011 issue of
Early American Life.
The photos and article may be
downloaded Here (5.2Mb PDF file).
Excerpts from the book were published in the Summer 2011 edition of
Faith & Form,
the interfaith journal on religion, art, and architecture.
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"New England’s meetinghouses embody a fascinating chapter of American history,
and the surviving ones represent a unique architectural form that is distinctly New England.
But most of all, they serve as reminders of a very different time,
when the boundaries among government, religion, and community were nearly invisible."
- View on-line: Architecture Boston Magazine, May, 2011
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"Rather than an 'encyclopedia' of meetinghouses, Wainwright said he tried to create a composite portrait
of the New England meetinghouse as it would have appeared in the 1700s,
eliminating from the photos any semblance from the 19th, 20th, or 21st centuries."
- Aimee Caruso,
Valley News, Sunday, November 14, 2010
"...they functioned as catch-all community centers with both municipal and religious uses...
With his large-format camera, Wainwright chose to photograph the 30 meetinghouses that have not become houses of worship."
National Trust for Historic Preservation on-line magazine, July 16, 2010
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"In the book, Wainwright combines history with fine art by capturing images of Colonial meetinghouses
from across the Granite State and New England.
Using natural light and today what may be considered
'old fashion' photographic techniques,
Wainwright captures both the expansive exteriors and the finer details of the meetinghouses,
giving readers an opportunity to explore the buildings intimately."
- Nancy Bean Foster,
New Hampshire Sunday News, July 18, 2010
"His goal was not to create glossy, ready-for-postcard portraits of the proud old buildings
where townspeople once gathered to both vote on community business and to share their faith.
He set out to photograph the history, the souls of those buildings and the souls of those who gathered in them."
- Victoria Shouldis,
Concord Monitor, July 15, 2010
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A nice interview about my photography work can be seen in this Blog:
Making the Art Seen.
"His large-format photography (no digital, no color, all natural lighting)
perfectly matches the colonial meetinghouses in his newest book.
In this interview, Wainwright talks about how and why he prefers to go slow in a fast world."
- SeacoastNH.com Art Book of the Week
"Wainwright's latest creation was the culmination of five years of photographing
more than 30 of New England's storied Colonial meetinghouses.
His recently released first book, A Space for Faith, features those photographs."
- Bryan Deyermond, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, June 4, 2010
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"Wainwright's photographs are caretakers of memory and history."
- Justin Shatwell, Yankee Magazine, November/December 2009
Other Press Coverage:
My meetinghouse photography was again featured in
monthly alumni publication in August, 2011.
The brief article may be
seen Here (463 Kb PDF file).
Paul Wainwright Earns Top Prize,
New Hampshire Episcopal News, July/August, 2011
Episcopal Journal, May, 2011
Feeling a Presence,
New Hampshire Magazine, March, 2011
Read as PDF
Maine Antiques Digest, February, 2011
All Things Fulfilling Blog:
All for the People, January 18, 2011
Atkinson Man Wins New England Book Festival Award, January 7, 2011
North Shore Life:
Keeping the Faith, Winter, 2011
The quarterly magazine of the
Bucknell University Alumni Association, Fall, 2010
The press announcement for the presentation
The New England Meetinghouse and its Impact on American Society,
which was given as part of the
We the People speakers program in Exeter, New Hampshire, November 3, 2010
The quarterly journal of the
American Society of Picture Professionals, October, 2010
The quarterly magazine of the
Museum Store Association, Fall, 2010
Congregational Library Blog, August 13, 2010
Journal of the Print World, July, 2010
Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library:
Book Notes New Hampshire, May 27, 2010