Art at the Library - June 2012
Harry Taplin Travel Scenes
Reception: Saturday, June 2, 2012, from 2-4 p.m.
Music by pianists: Siyuan Ma, Kevin Kong, Fangru Jiang and Jeffrey Rong

Harry Taplin (a longtime Chelmsford resident) got his first camera when he was about fourteen. He has been experimenting with photography since then. At first he concentrated mostly on, what might be termed, documentary photographs. This was generally in accord with his interest in history (BA, St. Olaf College; MA, University of Pennsylvania). For a number of years, he worked in a medical research laboratory at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This experience expanded his range of intellectual interests, including the relationship between the hard sciences and artistic visualization. While still being drawn to the photograph as document, his interest in more recent years has gravitated toward documenting the more abstract, and he has been increasingly intrigued by the historical relationships between the arts and the photograph – and the artists and photographers. This broadened range of visualization has been nourished by his membership in the Newburyport Art Association, where he served on the Board of Directors for a number of years. This exhibit at the Chelmsford Library will present a sample of both the photograph as document and as art. Some scenes are local and some are from his several trips to Europe.