Roger Farrington: Celebrity in Boston


Roger Farrington, Jason Landry and I have been talking about exhibiting Roger’s celebrity photos for the last several years.

All throughout his career, Roger was the go-to guy to photograph countless Boston cultural events. He was everywhere, shooting everyone. The photos that are in Roger Farrington: Celebrity in Boston reflect the crazy mix of celebrities that have passed through Boston and in front of Roger’s camera for over four decades. It was tough for the three of us to select only 50 images from the thousands that Roger has in his files. We didn’t always agree, but in the end, we think that the images we chose tell a story that anyone who is a lifelong Bostonian (like me) will bring back more than a few memories.

This is an exhibition unlike any exhibition in recent memory. Where else can you see a photo of Reba McEntire and John Candy at the Boston Pops or Elizabeth Taylor being honored as Woman of the Year by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding? How about Anthony Quinn & Sammy Davis, Jr. at the opening of Zorba the Greek?

If you are a Bostonian, it’s an exhibition – like the events Roger photographed – not to be missed.

From the Panopticon Gallery website:
Roger Farrington: Celebrity in Boston

Panopticon Gallery is pleased to be exhibiting for the very first time an exclusive selection of fifty of Farrington’s classic candid shots of internationally known celebrities who visited Boston between the years of 1976 and 1996.

Curated by the former Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center, Jim Fitts, and Panopticon Gallery owner, Jason Landry, the black and white photographs hark back to pre-internet times – the time before the “instant celebrity” of Facebook, Instagram and “the selfie,” before digital photography (even auto-focus) – to a more innocent time when black and white still ruled print media. It was also a time when celebrities were Celebrities and Andy Warhol’s famous dictum, “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes,” had yet to be realized. (Yes, a cool shot of Warhol on Newbury Street in 1985, is featured in the show.)

The facts:
Roger Farrington: Celebrity in Boston
January 28 – April 10, 2017
An artist’s Gallery Talk and Closing Reception will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 1:00 – 4:00pm
Panopticon Gallery
502c Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
P: 781-718-5777

All photos: © Roger Farrington 
All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.