Maine Media Gallery will celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Going Forward, Looking Back: Practicing Historic Photographic Processes in the 21st Century” with a public reception Friday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. Maine Media Gallery is on the first floor of the Shepherd Building, 18 Central St., in the village.

This traveling exhibition features a selection of work from more than 150 curated pieces by 24 contemporary artists including Maine Media instructors Tillman Crane, John Goodman, Brenton Hamilton, Sean Harris, Cig Harvey and Christopher James. Curated by Stephen Halpert, “Going Forward, Looking Back” features an extraordinary array of visual experiences dating from 1839 through the present.

Photography expanded the world in the 19th century, similar to the way the Internet has changed our world today. By freezing a moment in time on iron, glass or paper, people could travel across the world, relive historical events and share memories with family and friends. MMW remains committed to preserving historic photographic processes and continues to be one of the few places in the world offering a full range of classes in these mesmerizing techniques.

“Going Forward, Looking Back” is on exhibit ¬†through Nov. 19. Maine Media Gallery is open to the public free of charge weekdays from 2 to 5 p.m. For information on Maine Media Gallery exhibitions, faculty presentations and all Maine Media programs, visit; call 236-8581; or send e-mail to

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