Full Employment: A Photo Essay by Greg Saulmon

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Full Employment: A Photo Essay by Greg Saulmon

Time: January 4, 2011 to January 29, 2011
Location: Hosmer Gallery
Street: 20 West St
City/Town: Northampton, MA
Website or Map: http://www.forbeslibrary.org
Phone: (413) 587-1013
Event Type: exhibition, photography
Organized By: Hosmer Gallery
Latest Activity: Dec 30, 2010

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Full Employment: Major Employers in the Pioneer Valley, 1850-2010 by photographer Greg Saulmon offers a sweeping view of the Pioneer Valley’s economic past, present and future.


The exhibit features photography by Holyoke resident Greg Saulmon. Blending fine art, journalism and economic history, Saulmon’s images and data-driven text and graphics offer a survey of companies that have served as the Pioneer Valley's major economic engines from the industrial revolution through the rise of the health care, finance and education industries.


For the project, Saulmon photographed sites ranging from abandoned paper mills in Holyoke to Baystate Medical Center's "Hospital of the Future," currently under construction in Springfield. Some sites, such as the long-dormant Fisk Tire Company in Chicopee, represent the region’s deindustrialization and a subsequent decay of infrastructure. Others, such as Holyoke’s Open Square -- formerly the site of the Lyman Mills textile company -- represent the rebirth of industrial spaces as small-business incubators.


Greg Saulmon is a journalist who grew up in the Pioneer Valley and lives in downtown Holyoke. His photographs have appeared in exhibits at the Forbes Library and Holyoke’s Wistariahurst Museum, and have appeared in the New York Daily News, the Springfield Republican and Edible Pioneer Valley.

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