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Award-winning photographer Tadd Myers is five years into a cross-country journey to capture images of the American craftsman. His new book, “Portraits of the American Craftsman,” compiles photographs from 29 craft-focused companies and one school – North Bennet Street School — from 16 states.

Large format images from the book will be exhibited in the Windgate Gallery at North Bennet Street School’s new facility in Boston December 11, 2013 – January 31, 2014.

On Thursday, December 12, at 6pm, Myers comes to Boston to show images from his journey and talk about the artisans he met. The discussion will be followed by a book signing.

At a time when the public is growing disenchanted by the disposable items that litter the American landscape, the artisans in Myers’ portraits are using human eyes to guide human hands, and the objects they make carry the souls of their makers.

His beautifully rendered photographs and profiles celebrate the thriving American culture of true craftsmanship, which is alive and well in all parts of the country: from pipe-makers in Tennessee to the Steinway factory in Queens, NY; from a carousel workshop in Ohio to guitar makers in Texas; from hat makers in Chicago and boat builders in Vermont to students and instructors at the North Bennet Street School.

North Bennet Street School is a fully accredited, post-secondary crafts academy. Founded in 1885, the school is internationally renowned for excellence in teaching and for its role in promoting and preserving traditional crafts skills.

For more information about the exhibit and the event, visit this website.

Tadd Myers photos courtesy of NBSS.

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