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A Changing World
New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed
1950-1972


Fourth of July, North Danville, Vermont, 1955, photograph by Verner Reed.
Fourth of July, North Danville, Vermont, 1955.

Exhibition Took Us Back to "Old-time New England"

Through the lens of his camera, nationally renowned photojournalist Verner Reed captured dramatic moments and everyday scenes that defined life in New England in the years following World War II. A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972, an exhibition on view at the New Hampshire Historical Society from June 18, 2005, through February 4, 2006, shared Reed’s view. On loan from Historic New England (Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities), the 78 poignant and thought-provoking photographs featured in the exhibition offered a historical record and an artistic vision of New England and its people.

Verner Reed covered New England for Life magazine from 1953 to 1957. His photographs also were featured in other national and regional publications including Fortune, Time, Yankee, and Vermont Life.

The 1950s and 1960s were a period of real change in New England as people embraced new ideas while holding tight to traditional customs. A booming postwar economy, suburban development and urban decline, a national highway system, and widespread electrification all changed life in New England.

"Reed’s photographs capture the people of New England in all aspects of their lives during this complex time,” says Wes Balla, the New Hampshire Historical Society’s director of collections and exhibitions.“ Through his images we see the contrast between rural and urban life, the person-to-person directness of American politics, and the continuing idealization of ‘old-time New England.’”

Thanks to Our Sponsor

A Changing World: New England in the Photographs of Verner Reed, 1950-1972, was sponsored by White Mountain Investment, a division of Cambridge Trust Company of New Hampshire.

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