White on White


Our most recent web project, completed in April 2011, was to develop a new site for Steve Rosenthal, “the dean of New England architecture photography,” to help him promote his new volume of large format black and white photographs: White on White: Churches of Rural New England, and the accompanying traveling exhibit of images sponsored by Historic New England. Steve’s book is the culmination of a 45 year project of finding and recording for the ages these icons of New England’s small town and village past.

White on White book jacket

As the Monacelli press release notes: “The early churches of New England command a special place in the consciousness of Americans, as much for their physical beauty, simplicity, and elegance, as for their significance in the early history of this country. Places of worship they were and are, but they are also icons of a particularly American sensibility and artistic vision.

Steve Rosenthal has traveled throughout the northeast capturing what remains of the gems of the eighteenth and nineteenth centures. In his photographs, he traces the evolution of church styles from the early dramatically simple meetinghouse form through the changing patterns of Greek and Gothic revivals. His photographs are more than mere documents of these exquisite buildings, however; they are artistic achievements in themselves.”

The “White on White” traveling exhibit of images from the book is currently on display at The de Menil Gallery at the Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts, through June 5.

For more information on the book, future traveling exhibit venues, critical response to this work, and the images themselves, see: White on White.


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