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New Photographer-in-Residence Program at the Westborough Public Library

Westborough, MA – Attention all photographers: the Westborough Public Library announces a new Photographer-in-Residence program that is open to anyone high school age and up.

Westborough has a strong photographic history. Many photographers maintained studios in Westborough over the years, and they used their cameras to capture significant events in the community, which is partly why the documentation of Westborough’s history is so rich and deep.

In celebration and recognition of this history, the Westborough Public Library through its Local History Program will annually designate someone to serve as a Photographer-in-Residence to capture the life and culture of Westborough over the course of one year. The overall goal is to continue adding to Westborough’s photographic legacy, showcase how various photographers approach capturing Westborough’s life and culture differently, and in the process document changes in the town over time.

The position of Photographer-in-Residence will include a $1,000 stipend, and the term will run from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Anyone interested in serving in this position should submit a statement of vision for their year-long project and a sample portfolio of photographs by Friday, May 18, 2018. The statement of vision and sample portfolio can be dropped off at the Westborough Public Library’s circulation desk in print and/or in digital form on a thumb drive. This year’s winner will be announced by Friday, June 15.

Photographer-in-Residence Participation Criteria

· Positions are open to all ages from high school and up.

· Positions last for a one-year term, from July 1 to June 30.

· The Photographer-in-Residence will receive a stipend of $1,000 for the year, half of which will be awarded at the beginning of the term and half at the end.

· The Photographer-in-Residence will be required to submit twenty-five photographs every three months for a total of 100 photographs taken throughout the year. Each photograph should capture Westborough’s life and culture in some way, and information about each photograph (title, date, description, identification of people and events in the photographs, etc.) must be included. Photographs can be submitted in digital and/or printed form.

· Anyone interested in applying for the position must submit a statement of vision for their year-long project and a sample portfolio of photographs in print or in digital form on a thumb drive. A committee will decide who will be awarded the position.

· Terms can be renewed, but preference will be given to qualified photographers who have not yet served in the position.

· Applicants do not need to be Westborough residents, but they need to be willing to engage enough with the Westborough community to produce results.

· All photographs submitted as part of the year-long project become the property of the Westborough Public Library.

 Contact Anthony Vaver, Local History Librarian, at [email protected] with any questions.