'The Herreshoff Legacy' photo exhibit opens this week

Posted 9/19/19

Bristol boats, a Bristol company and a Bristol photographer will be at the center of an exhibit opening this Friday at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis, Mass.

An opening reception is this …

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'The Herreshoff Legacy' photo exhibit opens this week

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Bristol boats, a Bristol company and a Bristol photographer will be at the center of an exhibit opening this Friday at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis, Mass.

An opening reception is this Friday, Sept. 20, for “On the Wind, THE HERRESHOFF LEGACY,” a photography exhibit featuring the works of award-winning photographer Ed Gifford.

One of the nation’s most renowned maritime-themed photographers, Mr. Gifford’s fine art photography exhibit features black and white and color environmental photography of three generations of Herreshoff sailing yachts at sea.

Consisting of about 30 pieces, the exhibit focuses on the exquisite yachts designed by Nathanial Herreshoff, but also includes designs by his two sons, Sidney and L. Francis, plus those of his grandson, Halsey Herreshoff. These photos combine the most dramatic and rare moments when sea, sun, sky and a perfectly trimmed sailboat coalesce into one magnificent moment.

“Herreshoff made the most beautiful and efficient boats, and he made them with the design and technology to create perfect sailing vessels. He was a master,” Mr. Gifford says.

Mr. Gifford and world championship yacht designer and America’s Cup Hall of Fame member Halsey Herreshoff plan to both be at the reception, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and both will be available for questions and conversation. Light refreshments will be served.

This is the first time Mr. Gifford’s images of three generations of Herreshoff yacht designs can be viewed as a collection. The exhibit will run through December.

Inspired by the photography of the world-renowned German photographer Alfred Eisenstadt, award-winning New York photojournalist Ed Gifford began pursuing photography at age 14. He began his career shooting photography for his father, who was a theatrical publicist.

Mr. Gifford studied photography with Harlem photographer Roy DeCarava at New York’s Hunter College and has won numerous awards, including the 2019 New York Press Association Newspaper awards for photo essay, spot news and art photography.

A lifelong sailor himself, Mr. Gifford holds a United States Coast Guard 100-ton Captain's License, and has been racing and delivering yachts worldwide for more than 35 years.

The Cape Cod Maritime Museum and Cook Boat Shop offers permanent and rotating exhibits, interactive maritime-themed activities and a fine arts gallery. The Historic Boat Barn holds the only collection of all wooden boats native to Cape Cod. The museum is also home to “Sarah,”a Crosby catboat replica.

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