UMM Art Galleries Featuring Sam Murfitt Photographs

"Maine's Working Waterfont" on Display Through June 30

Murfitt photoMACHIAS, ME – The Art Galleries at the University of Maine at Machias will feature the photographs of Kittery Point artist Sam Murfitt in an exhibit titled “Maine’s Working Waterfront” through June 30.

For over 5 years, Murfitt has been documenting Maine’s Working Waterfront, particularly the people including lobstermen, fish and bait dealers, fishermen, boat builders, and the social fabric of lobster boat races, county fairs and parades in photographs.

As the Working Waterfront was rapidly changing and disappearing, Murfitt decided to focus his attention on documenting the disappearing traditions and crafts and the people involved.

He has a background in boatbuilding, having worked for Hood Yachts and Rollins Boat Shop among others. Murfitt is a lifetime photographer and has been an instructor at Parsons New School, as an assistant to a dozen photographers, and has operated his own studio for 16 years. He taught photography at the New York Public Theater and photographed American stories for Der Spiegel and deVelt.

Murfitt is currently working on the documentation of Maine Lobsterboats for the Library of Congress where some of his photographs can be found.

The UMM Art Galleries are open 9:00 – 5:00 Monday through Friday and are located on the first floor of Powers Hall. For more information, please call Art Gallery Director Bernie Vinzani at (207) 255-1279.

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