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Luminous Landscapes Featured in Hymn to the Earth Photo Exhibit

Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography presents "Hymn to the Earth," an exhibit of luminous imagery by Master Photographer Ron Rosenstock. Landscapes of beauty and spirit from Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, India and the Americas are captured in large-format black and white, and color, photographs. The exhibition opens on Thursday, July 5 and continues through Sunday, September 23, 2007.

An Artists' Reception, with live music and hors d'oeuvres will be held at the museum on Saturday, July 7, from 1-5 p.m. The museum offers extra hours for viewing 5-7 p.m. on this date. A public Artist's Talk by Rosenstock, with slide presentation, will be held from 7:30-8:45 p.m. in the lecture hall at the Hallmark Institute of Photography Educational Center, Industrial Boulevard, Turners Falls, Mass. Doors open at 6:45p.m. and seating begins at 7:15. Refreshments and a book signing follow the talk.

Breathtakingly rich in details of light, shadow and reflection, Rosenstock's photographs are of rugged land and seas, manmade architecture, natural architecture, and, at times, their meeting places. The results are images that touch profoundly.

Celebrated landscape photographer Paul Caponigro wrote of Rosenstock's work, "His photographs bespeak the peace and poise that come from attuning himself to the medium and to his own world. What appears to be longing in Ron's photographs mirrors the longing we all feel for the spirit concealed from view. Mystery seems to be gentle with Ron; he accepts the challenge of discovery without brooding over veiled treasures."

Rosenstock studied with renowned photographer Carl Chiarenza while at Boston University, and later, received his Masters in Photography from Goddard College. He studied also with the classic contemporary landscape photographers Minor White, and Paul Caponigro.

A teacher of photography at Clark University, Worcester, Mass. from 1972 until 2002, Rosenstock founded the Irish Photographic Workshop in 1973. Currently, he leads international and national photographic tours.

Rosenstock's images have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibits across the United States, Ireland, and in Germany. His photographs, widely published, are in private and public collections nationally and internationally, including the International Center for Photography in New York City, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico, and, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and, Castlebar Urban District Council, Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland.

Three books of Rosenstock's photography have been published: "Hymn to the Earth," "Chiostro," and "The Light of Ireland." When not traveling Rosenstock resides with his wife, in Holden, Massachusetts.

Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography is located at 85 Avenue A, downtown Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.