Dorothy Kerper Monnelly
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.). 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, 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.
In June of 2013, Monnelly will be exhibiting along with Ansel Adams and Ernest H. Brooks ll in a traveling exhibition entitled Fragile Waters. This show is a photographic testament to the fragile and precious quality of our water resources. In September, 2012, ten of Monnelly's black and white photographs from her Ice Pattern Series were on exhibit at Photo Vernissage 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Legendary naturalist Edward O. Wilson called Monnelly “the Ansel Adams of the wetlands.” In her introduction to the Great Marsh book, Jeanne Falk Adams, former CEO of the Ansel Adams Gallery, writes: “I find myself responding emotionally and know the photographs touched me… there is a difference between being clever and being great." 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, in 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. 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.
"She shows me the uncommon in the common, the extraordinary in the ordinary, the universe in the pattern."
—Thoreau scholar J. Parker Huber
"Monnelly . . . beautifully captures the spacious tranquility of her subject . . . but her eye extends beyond nature documentation to more painterly, abstract visions: the grainy rhythms of wave-washed sand at Crane Beach and huge tree shadows falling across partly melted and powdery snow.
“As a photographer, Monnelly has a rare sense and perception of what I think of as the thoroughness of place, knowing the Great Marsh and its nuances intimately, much as did Ansel Adams the Sierra Nevada and his beloved Yosemite National Park.”—Jeanne Falk Adams. Ansel Adams Gallery