When New Englanders talk about summer getaways, few mention Connecticut as a destination point, seemingly unaware of its breathtaking shorelines and winding roads hugging its seawalls or the old-time camp feel based around its approximately 3,000 ponds, lakes and reservoirs.
Since 1973, when he relocated to Westport, Connecticut, from Greater New York, Larry Silver has been photographing and documenting his home state, in what he calls, “A lifelong project.” Highlights from that work will be on view in “13 Ways of Looking at Landscape: Larry Silver’s Connecticut Photographs,” which will be on view from March 25 through June 18 at the Fairfield University Art Museum.
He dedicated himself to being a lifetime photographer as a teenager. At the age of 15, as a photography student at the High School of Industrial Art (now the High School of Art and Design) in New York City, which he attended from 1949 to 1953, Silver found himself captivated by “the influence of the New York Photo League — a group of photographers who combined personal expression and social activism to expose the political and social issues of the day.” His own photographs from this time period have come to be invaluable for their documentation of Manhattan during those years.
(To read more, pick up a copy of our latest issue! Find a pick-up location near you or Subscribe Here.)