Exhibition features contemporary photography inspired by 19th century landscape painter

After Ryder: Photographs by Nicholas Whitman opens Thursday, March 16

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Photographer Nicholas Whitman finds inspiration in the work of 19th century painter Albert Pinkham Ryder. Whitman, a former New Bedford Whaling Museum curator, will exhibit a selection of his recent photographic work adjacent to the Whaling Museum’s Ryder painting, Landscape, c. 1870, this spring. The Museum hosts an opening reception for After Ryder: Photographs by Nicholas Whitman on Thursday, March 16 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register for the event visit www.whalingmuseum.org.

Whitman has a deep appreciation for Ryder’s work. “Ryder’s paintings evoke emotions from a world beneath the surface. He probes dark seas to find a reality illuminated in moonlight,” wrote Whitman in an artist’s statement. His photographs address themes in common with the painter, including moody maritime nocturnes and allegorical interpretations of nature. Whitman’s photographs align with Ryder’s emotive expressionism with a modernist’s view.

After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1978, Nicholas Whitman was commissioned to photograph collections at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. During his tenure, he brought order and interest to the Museum’s superb photographic holdings. In 1986, he moved to freelance practice. Returning to the Berkshires in 1990, he has since provided imagery for many of the region’s cultural institutions, including the Bennington Museum, Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Theater Group/Colonial Theatre, Chesterwood, Olana, MASS MoCA, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, and Williams College. Whitman’s Williams College winter study Landscape Photography class has run continuously for well over a decade. In concert with commissioned work, Whitman continues to mine numerous veins of expressive photography. Several of which have resulted in books, gallery shows, and museum exhibitions.


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until 8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.


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Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum


Whitman photograph blood moon eclipse

Nicholas Whitman, Blood Moon Eclipse. Epson ultra chrome ink on Museo archival inkjet paper, 2015. Collection of the artist.


Albert Pinkham Ryder, Landscape. Oil on canvas, c. 1870. Purchased with funds from the Rose Lamb Gifford Fund.