Mission Statement

The Photographic Resource Center (PRC) is a vital forum for the exploration, interpretation, and celebration of new work, ideas, and methods in photography. We inspire our members and the broader community with thought-provoking exhibits, educational programs, and resources that support the advancement of the photographic arts.

New England’s Center for Photography

Founded in 1976, the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Cited by the Boston Globe as “one-stop shopping for the photo buff,” the PRC provides its members and the general public with thought-provoking exhibitions; distinctive education programs; wide-ranging resources; and unique special events.

Exhibitions

Emphasizing new ideas and trends in contemporary photography, the PRC hosts several exhibitions each year. Ranging from provocative theme-based exhibitions to the highly anticipated juried and student exhibitions, the PRC’s exhibition programs will keep you coming back for more.

Education

Led by regional and national photography luminaries, regular PRC education programs include lectures and portfolio reviews, as well as tours of the exhibitions for school and community groups. Featured program leaders have included Tina Barney, Bruce Davidson, Andres Serrano, Larry Fink, Duane Michals, and William Wegman.

Nights at the PRC

This free, informally structured program fosters a sense of community with photographers, PRC members, and students by offering an opportunity to share images and insights about particular topics in contemporary photographic practice and to receive feedback about their work.

Let by guest hosts showing theme-based work, “Nights” runs during our exhibition season. PRC members may participate, showing their own work that reflects that night’s theme. Audience members without work are also encouraged to participate.

Monthly Portfolio Reviews

PRC members in good standing are eligible to apply for a complimentary annual portfolio review. Due to the popularity of the benefit, and the limited time that our guest reviewers have, appointments are made by lottery, with members drawn from those who have applied.

Annual Portfolio Review Event

In collaboration with the Griffin Museum of Photography, we also offer the annual New England Portfolio Review and Workshops. The 2016 inaugural event introduced a new, experimental format, and included more than 30 national and regional jurors who were educators, curators, artists and writers.