Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, Salt Marsh Islands, Clouds © Dorothy Kerper Monnelly



Dorothy Kerper Monnelly

FRAGILE WATERS - Dorothy Kerper Monnelly

April 23 - September 5, 2016

Curated by Jeanne Falk Adams









Dorothy Kerper Monnelly speaks for the landscape through her photographs and also through her conservation advocacy. Her many years living in the midst of the Massachusetts Great Marsh culminated in the 2006 publication of her critically acclaimed book of black and white landscapes, Between Land and Sea: The Great Marsh (George Braziller Inc., 2007). The book won praise from both the fine art and conservation communities, and the large-format black and white photographic essay has introduced many to the unique beauty of a fragile landscape and rich ecosystem. In For My Daughters (Lucia Marquand, 2013), her second book, Monnelly pairs her photographs of the natural world with her mother’s poetry, creating a dialog between photo and poem, mother and daughter, time and place.

​Through her imagery and work with conservation groups, she raises awareness of our role in safeguarding the fragile balance of this extraordinary resource. Legendary naturalist Edward O. Wilson called Monnelly “the Ansel Adams of the wetlands.” Ipswich resident and renowned author John Updike commented, “Your photos are just lovely, and the marshes are a noble subject.”

​In addition to her widely published, award-winning marsh photography, Monnelly has photographed extensively in the lava fields of Hawaii, the California desert, Iceland, and in Maine, where she was artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park. Monnelly’s large-format gelatin silver prints are in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and also are held in numerous private collections. In September 2012, black and white photographs from her Ice Pattern Series were on exhibit at Photo Vernissage 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries from Maine and New York City to Seattle and Hawaii. She has shared and discussed her photography at numerous locations including Photo LA and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.


Dorothy Kerper Monnelly, Salt Marsh Islands, Clouds © Dorothy Kerper Monnelly


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