About Parrish Dobson

Parrish Dobson has been photographing for over thirty years. She works unobtrusively, holding great respect for the mysteries of light, moment, and place. Both her color and black and white work have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States.

This website includes selections from her extensive color portfolios of landscape photographs made in the Penobscot Bay region in Maine, "Events of Light", and her most recent series, "In Between." Her black and white landscapes, finely printed on silver gelatin papers, include a body of work called "Places of Memory." Made in France and Italy over the past ten years, these images are united by their poetic exploration of voices of the past, the sense of lives lived long ago, still sensed in the present. "Inside Time" explores interiors of a 400 year old chateau in France and fragments of frescos from France and Greece. Another series, "The Touch of a Distant Hand" places before us simple kitchen objects and tools from years past, chosen for the beauty of their design and the patina of use. "An Urban Wild", explores a narrow piece of conservation land in Belmont Massachusetts. Sadly, the adjacent small hill of silver maple trees has now been destroyed by the development of a 290 unit apartment complex. These photographs look at the tangled beauty of a small piece of wild in the heart of the greater Boston area.

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Grants & Prizes

  • 2003-2010 : Arts Associate to the St. Botolph Club, Boston MA (honorary membership)
  • 2010 : Belmont Citizens Forum grant to photograph the Alewife Reservation and Silver Maple Forest
  • 2005 : Summer Travel Grant to Italy, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge MA
  • 1998 : Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant
  • 1993 : Summer Travel Grant for photographic work in Costa Rican rain forest, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA
  • 1983 : Kenan Grant, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA for work in photography
  • 1978 : The Elden Murray Contest, judged by Ralph Steiner, first and third prizes


  • "Portals", Vermont Photo Place
  • "Time" Kiernan Gallery
  • "Poetic Objects" Amanda Smith Gallery
  • Wild Apples, Fall 2010
  • International Herald Tribune
  • Views: New England Journal of Photography
  • Northwest Orient Magazine
  • Salamander: Magazine for poetry, fiction, & memoirs, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1995, Fall 1994, Spring 1993, Fall 1992
  • Vermont Life Magazine

Leadership and Advisory Boards

  • 1996-Present : New England Women in Photography, Steering Committee
  • 2000-2011 : North Haven, ME Art and Enrichment Foundation, board member
  • 1997-2001 : Education Committee of the Board of Trustees, Faculty Representative, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
  • 1998-2000 : Kendall Center for the Arts, Belmont, MA, Board member
  • 1996-2009 : MFA Collaboration Committee, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA

Guest Teaching and Visiting Artist

  • 2014 : Star Island, NH, Arts Week, Workshop on Photography
  • 2011 : Les Tapies, School of Art and Architecture, France. Guest Artist and Photo Instructor
  • 2010 : Star Island, NH, Arts Week, Workshop on Photography

Photographic Education

  • 2012 : Photographing Art Work, BU Center for Digital Imaging
  • 2010 : Digital Color Management and Printing, SMFA
  • 2007 : Advanced Photoshop CS-3 for Photographers, Sante Fe Workshops
  • 2005 : Digital Workflow and CS-2, with Ted Dillard, NESOP, Boston MA
  • 1999 : Workshop with Keith Carter, New England School of Photography, Boston
  • 1999 : Creative Toning Workshop with Jonathan Bailey
  • 1998 : Creative Imaging I & II, New England School of Photography, Boston
  • 1996 : Digital Visions with John P. Caponigro, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • 1987 : The Master Print Workshop with George Tice
  • 1987 : Tutorial with Paul Caponigro, Maine Photographic Workshops
  • 1983 : Color printing with Tom Petit, New England School of Photography, Boston
  • 1982 : Advanced Black and White, Maine Photographic Workshops