The Griffin Museum at Greater Boston Stage Company
The County Fair
June 22 – September 10, 2019
Reception: July 31, 2019, 6:30 - 8 PM
In my photographic series, The County Fair, these images offer a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people out for a day of fun and the employees who work the fairs for a paycheck. It is my intention to find a certain truth and reality about people in general. I am fascinated about how people look for distractions and what activities they engage in. People reveal themselves differently in a crowd distracted by food, noise and the various activities found at the many different county fairs that are held each Summer and Fall. As a photographer, I look for moments where I can create portraits or focus on an activity that speaks about the inherent relationships of people to each other and to their environments.
In the mid 1800’s, the primary purpose of state and county fairs was to promote the exchange of innovative agricultural technology and farming processes to farmers who were looking to improve their crops and livestock. In the middle of the 1900’s, as the United States moved towards an industrialized and modern country, the fairs expanded to include rides, food, games, horse racing, demo derby’s, musical concerts amongst other forms of entertainment. The small family farm still remains an important part of today’s fairs with colored ribbons and trophy’s going to the winners of various crops, jams, maple syrup and farm animals. The county fair attracts thousands of people per day who come for the fast rides, BBQ and shows while taking a break from their regular work schedules to spend time with their families, friends and neighbors. -SE
Steven Edson has been shooting still photographs for over 40 years. While continuously working on his own personal vision, he has also worked for many of those years as a commercial photographer where his images have appeared in newspapers, magazines, annual reports, advertising and various forms of electronic media. He is passionate about using photography to document people and their relationships to their environments with the cameras incredible ability to describe the world in nuanced detail while also having the capacity to impact people and change the way they see their worlds from a different perspective and point of view.
The Griffin Museum’s Atelier Gallery at Greater Boston Stage Company is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 11-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. and one hour before each theater performance. The gallery can be accessed through Greater Boston Stage Company's lobby at 395 Main Street in Stoneham, MA.
The Griffin Museum Satellite Gallery at Greater Boston Stage Company is open to the public during regular Box Office hours, Monday – Friday from 11am to 6pm and Saturday from 1 – 6pm, and open to our audiences before each performance and during intermission.
ABOUT THE GRIFFIN MUSEUM
The Griffin Museum of Photography was founded in 1992 to provide a forum for the exhibition of both historic and contemporary photography. The Museum houses three galleries dedicated solely to the exploration of photographic arts: the Main Gallery, which features rotating exhibits from some of the world's leading photographers; the Atelier Gallery dedicated to showcasing the works of prominent, up-and-coming artists; and the Griffin Gallery, home to the extensive archives of Museum founder and world-renowned photojournalist Arthur Griffin. For more on the Griffin Museum of Photography, visit www.griffinmuseum.org.