"Assignment to Afghanistan- photographing New Hampshire's role in the War"
Bob Lapree present a photographic art exhibit at the City Hall Gallery
Reception at City Hall on
Tuesday, March 15, from 6-8 pm
Manchester, NH- The Manchester Arts Commission is proud to announce the opening of their "Art on the Wall @ City Hall" exhibit for March/April: "Assignment to Afghanistan- photographing New Hampshire's role in the War" by Bob LaPree of the New Hampshire Union Leader. The official gallery opening and reception hosted by Mr. LaPree will be held in the gallery spaces at City Hall on Tuesday, March 15, from 6-8 pm. Reception is free, open to the public, and light refreshments will be a served.
The exhibit is a photographic essay of 100 images tracing the Guardsmen's journey from departure from their families, through the experience in Afghanistan, culminating in joyous reunion with loved ones. Most of the framed prints from this exhibit will be donated to Charlie Co. for permanent exhibition in their armory in Milford. A full set of the prints will be made and donated to the New Hampshire State Library archives - adding to the print collection of his 2005 Iraq exhibit.
Mr. LaPree is a highly respected professional photojournalist who has been working in news media in New Hampshire for over 40 years. He began as a stringer for AP and UPI wire services, as well as Newsweek. He later worked as a staff photographer for The New Hampshire Times and chief videographer at WMUR-TV before joining the New Hampshire Union Leader where he is a staff photographer. Following the success of a similar project produced in Iraq in 2005, LaPree, along with Union Leader publisher Joseph McQuaid, accompanied New Hampshire National Guard Charlie Co. 3/172nd Infantry (mountain) as they were activated, shipped out, and embedded in war torn Afghanistan. While embedded with the Guardsmen in Afghanistan, LaPree and McQuaid lived in the same combat outpost, and were given full access to document and chronicle the activities of the soldiers, as well as their interaction in the environment and culture of the native Afghans.
Photos will be displayed in both wings of the exhibition space of Manchester City Hall, from March 8th through the end of April. Admission is always free, check with City Hall for hours of operation. There will also be an additional reception during "Open Doors Manchester", Thursday, April 14th, 2011 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Open Doors Manchester is a collaborative effort that brings a free Trolley Tour to the city of Manchester to explore the cultural events of downtown.
The “Art on the Wall @ City Hall” Gallery is run through a volunteer effort by the Arts Commission Est. 1937 All proceeds from the show go to the Manchester Art Fund. The Manchester Art Fund was established by the Board of Mayor and Alderman in December 2002. The fund is designated strictly for public art for individuals and organizations to make private donations. The Manchester Art Fund is a grand legacy of public arts and culture for future generations; it also enhances quality of life in the present. You may make a contribution at any time or discuss hanging your art at City Hall by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org