A dynamic season of photography exhibitions is in store at the Maine Media Gallery, which moves this spring to its brand new space in the just-renovated Shepherd Building in Rockport. Operated by the Maine Media Workshops, the school’s gallery features innovative work by alumni, staff and faculty, including internationally renowned photographers and media artists.

An opening reception celebrating a solo exhibition of photographs by international photojournalist and longtime MMW instructor Peter Turnley will kick off the season June 8. Turnley has photographed in more than 85 countries in the past two decades, his images gracing the cover of Newsweek more than 40 times. A widely acclaimed street photographer who has lived in and photographed Paris since 1978, he leads MMW destination workshops around the world.

A group exhibition exploring the world of infrared photography will open on July 5. “Four Visions in a Different Light” will feature work by MMW faculty members Susan Ruddick Bloom, Jill Enfield and Elizabeth Opalenik; and colleague Theresa Airy. All are known for their creative work in digital manipulation, collage and hand coloring.

In conjunction with the inaugural award of the new Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, the Maine Media Gallery will host an exhibition titled “The Influence of Arnold Newman.” Opening on July 26 with a reception on Aug. 10, the exhibition will highlight the work of several artists who were influenced by Newman during his 30 years of teaching at the Workshops and who have since become successful photographers in their own right.

A solo exhibition by Bruce Davidson, featuring selections from his 50-year career as one of America’s foremost photographers, will open on Aug. 16. The exhibition is mounted in conjunction with the publication of a three-volume retrospective edition titled “Bruce Davidson: Outside Inside.”

Work created using a range of historic photographic processes is the focus of the traveling exhibition “Going Forward, Looking Back,” which will open on Oct. 15. Many of the techniques featured are still taught today at MMW, and many current Workshops faculty are represented in this exhibition including John Goodman, Tillman Crane, Brinton Hamilton, Sean Harris, Cig Harvey and Christopher James.

Now in its 37th year, Maine Media Workshops is an international education center offering more than 450 year-round workshops for photographers, filmmakers and media artists. Programs are available for absolute beginners, serious amateurs, working professionals and high school and college students. One-year Professional Certificate programs and a low-residency master of fine arts degree program also are available through Maine Media College.

The Maine Media Gallery is located on the ground floor of the historic Shepherd Building, 18 Central St. in Rockport Village. For more information on programs and all free community events at the Maine Media Workshops, call 236-8581; send e-mail to info@mainemedia.edu; or visit mainemedia.edu.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.