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Gary Samson (b. 1951) is the seventh Artist Laureate of New Hampshire and has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships and honors for his photography and film work over the past five decades. During his tenure as filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire, he made a series of documentary films on the history and culture of NH that were presented in schools and colleges and on public television for over two decades.
Gary served as the chair of the photography department and taught a wide range of courses at the New Hampshire Institute of Art for over thirty-five years. Upon his retirement in 2017, he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Photography. His fine art photographs have been exhibited across the US, and in Canada and Europe and his work is included in the permanent collections of the Currier Museum of Art, the University of New Hampshire and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC, as well as many private collections.
Most Recently, Gary organized fifty photographers through the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists to document daily life in New Hampshire from 2018 through 2020. This work resulted in the creation of 10,000 photographs archived at the New Hampshire Historical Society and the publication of a 288 page hardcover book, New Hampshire Now: A Photographic Diary of Life in the Granite State, in October, 2021, along with the simultaneous launch of eight photography exhibitions across the state.
Gary’s work was featured in ‘Perspectives in Light,’ on view May 13-28, 2023.
See Saw Art is a 120 square foot exhibition space located within Mosaic Art Collective at 66 Hanover Street, Suite 201, in Manchester, New Hampshire.