Maine Media Master Series Lectures: Alison Shaw and Lois Greenberg

Posted July 10, 2013, at 10:34 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.


Alison Shaw is a fine art and editorial photographer who lives and works on Martha’s Vineyard. For over 35 years, the island has provided the primary inspiration and subject matter for her fine art and editorial photography. Alison has eleven books to her credit, the most recent of which include Photographing Martha’s Vineyard (Countryman Press 2011), Schooner with Tom Dunlop (Vineyard Stories 2010), and Soups and Sides with Catherine Walthers (Lake Isle Press 2010). She teaches photography workshops on the island, as well as in Nova Scotia, Mexico, Maine, and New Zealand.

In her exuberant and explosive pictures, Lois Greenfield captures not just the lithe and acrobatic forms of dancers performing their art, but the purity and exhilaration of movement itself. Without tricks or manipulation of any kind, she catches these fleeting and impossible moments in a style that is both lyrical and graphic. Greenfield has been compared with Eadward Muybridge for his exploration of human locomotion, and with Cartier Bresson for capturing the elusive moment. Unlike her predecessors however, her images depict but don’t refer to the “real” world. They are documents of her imagination.