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2014 Photographers’ Lecture Series Begins in Black and White

A photographer who specializes in haunting black and white landscapes from trips abroad will help launch the 2014 season of the annual Photographer’s Lecture Series. Stephen Petegorsky, a Northampton-based photographer, will present his work during a public lecture on Tuesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dodge Room, Reed Campus Center.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Born in New York City, Mr. Petegorsky has lived in the Northampton area for 40 years. He graduated from Amherst College in 1975 as a Fine Arts major, and later received an M.F.A. in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design.

His creative work has been exhibited internationally, and is in collections throughout this country as well as in Europe.  He has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Hampshire College, and the University of Connecticut, and works as a freelance photographer specializing in photography of artworks.

Mr. Petegorsky has made black and white landscape images for most of his photographic career, and has also made pieces that involve transferring Polaroid emulsions onto boards covered with gold leaf.  Since 1998, he has worked as a volunteer with a group that has aided people with disabilities in developing countries.  His photographs documenting their efforts in Nicaragua, Honduras, Ethiopia, Peru, Colombia, and Jordan became the basis for his most current body of work.

For information on the Photographers’ Lecture Series, contact Traci Wolfe by or at (413) 529-3311.