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Portrait of the Artist

Squillante photos reflect river as muse

Barbara Gallo Farrell Andre Kertesz and Edward Weston.
Poughkeepsie Journal My father, Frank Squillante, enjoyed
photography, and early on I got to play
with his two Kodak cameras. Optics,
Editor’s note: Portrait of the Artist is a too, has always fascinated me; I loved
regular feature in Enjoy! that spotlights using a magnifying glass in my boy-
artists with exhibits in the Hudson Val- hood.
ley. If you are an artist in a current or How do your photographs reso-
upcoming exhibit and would like to be nate with viewers?
included in this feature, email bfar- During my exhibits and lectures peo- This ple will say to me, ‘Joseph I had no idea
week’s Portrait of the Artist features that the Hudson River is so beautiful.’ In
photographer Joseph Squillante, whose these remarks my mission comes alive.
work will be exhibited at Madison’s Gal- Some say that my photographs are rem-
lery at Greig Farm in Red Hook June iniscent of the Hudson River School of
11-July 21. painters — Cropsey, Durand and Cole.
Tell us about the photographs in My photographs create an awareness of
“Hudson Heritage” and why you se- the magnificence of our great Hudson
lected them for the exhibit. River and Valley and move people to do
‘Hudson Heritage’ brings new focus their best to preserve what we have as
to my Hudson River portfolio created our own. The river belongs to us all.
more than 40 years ago. The selected What excites you about photogra-
photographs in the exhibit offer a slice phy, keeps you interested?
of the bounty of the river and valley. Audrey Wyman, left to right, Smokey Schools and Everett Nack are shown shad Through photography all subjects
With a tribute to Claude Potts, fishing off Germantown, 1994. If you wanted to know the state of the Hudson and fields of interest can be investigat-
94-year-old Tivoli apple farmer, plus River, especially between Poughkeepsie to just south of Albany, you just needed ed, while spanning art, science and
shad fisherman Everett Nack, I decided to ask commercial fisherman Nack, a vocal supporter of his beloved river. PHOTO business. The constant change of light,
to expand on this idea by adding new BY JOSEPH SQUILLANTE subjects, ideas for new projects, chal-
photographs of barns, orchards, a vine- lenges of learning and embracing the
yard and organic beef farming. Greig new technologies keep me engaged.
Farm is a place where people come to If you go Photography has continuously evolved
pick fruit and vegetables, eat and be in since its invention in 1839, with new
the countryside so I saw this as an op- An opening reception for “Hudson Heri- cameras, processes, films and more.
portunity to complement that experi- tage; Joseph Squillante Photographs” The camera enables me to see things
ence with an inside look at how this food will be 4-6 p.m., June 16 at Marion’s unseen by the eye, beyond the retinal
is provided. Gallery at Greig Farm, 227 Pitcher Lane, image. I just love holding the camera,
What is the importance of docu- Red Hook. Visit for and I am blessed to still enjoy using it as
menting the Hudson Valley’s farms more information. much today as when I first began. As life
and fishermen? changes, so do I.
Protection of our land and water is If your photographs could talk,
necessary in order to preserve our way subject, exciting my mind’s eye and in- what would they say?
of life. As photography stops time, it has spiring me to make a photograph, a Our world is a beautiful place. See it,
an inherent ability to preserve moments drawing made with light. To capture this feel it, know it, understand it, cherish it
for posterity, documenting our tradi- fascinating and fleeting light in a split- and protect it. And when you go down to
tions and thereby protecting our future. second is the real thrill of using the cam- the Hudson River bring your camera and
An unnoticed life along the Hudson era. I am moved by my feelings and I you will see for yourself its beauty, ever-
takes place, and through these photo- strive to capture what I see in the mo- changing light and sense of place. There
graphs I hope to bring these lives to Joseph Squillante has been making ment. is stillness and quiet in my photographs
light. photographs of the Hudson River since How does your background con- — stop and look, stay for a moment
What do you hope viewers come 1975. COURTESY PHOTO tribute to your process as a photog- where you are, stand still and just be —
away with after seeing your work? rapher? then make a photograph.
My mission is to raise awareness of I had the privilege of studying with Joseph Squillante’s work is in the per-
the beauty of the Hudson River through beauty of photography. And lastly, I master photographers, especially Phi- manent collections of the New-York His-
photography. I would hope that people would hope that those who see my pho- lippe Halsman to learn “Psychological torical Society, the Museum of the City
come away with a closer look and a tographs would recognize them as a Portraiture,” and George Tice in “Mak- of New York, the Albany Institute of His-
greater understanding of the impor- melding of art and the document. ing the Fine Photographic Print.” I tory and Art, and many private collec-
tance of the Hudson River — its people, What is your personal vision for worked with Ron Galella from whom I tions. He has traveled the entire 316-mile
places and things. I also hope that view- your work? learned what it is to live and breathe length of the Hudson. Visit
ers will better appreciate the power and My vision is charged by light upon a your work. My two main influences are