At a time when debate rages over eliminating the trade embargo between the U.S. and Cuba, some relations are easing.  Americans can travel to the island country if they are a part of an approved organization.  In January, retired Plattsburgh City County Court judge Penny Clute traveled with a Canadian photography group to Cuba.  She talked about her experience with WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

New York Times photographer and Skidmore College lecturer Charlie Samuels joins us in the studio to answer your questions about photography. 

New York Times photographer and Skidmore College lecturer Charlie Samuels joins us in the studio to answer your questions about photography. 

Ellie Ga At EMPAC

May 5, 2015

  Ellie Ga is closing out the Spring EMPAC season on May 7 and 8. Ellie Ga's multimedia essays are part field dispatch, part artist’s notebook, part home-movie, part poem.

On Thursday, May 7, at 8PM, Ga will perform The Fortunetellers, a narrative performance inspired by her six-month residency on the Tara, a research boat drifting near the North Pole to gather scientific data.

On Friday, May 8, at 8PM, she will perform Eureka, a lighthouse play - Commissioned by EMPAC, Eureka centers on the Great Lighthouse of Alexandria and recounts Ga’s journey, beginning in 2012 when she joined a marine archaeology program at Alexandria University in pursuit of the lighthouse.

Ellie Ga joins us now along with Victoria Brooks, a Curator at EMPAC.

  The leading authority on digital photography, Tom Ang celebrates the greatest photographs – and photographers – of all time in his 30th book, Photography: The Definitive Visual History.

    The Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown, NY was the Hudson River seat of New York's politically and socially prominent Livingston Family. Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the site's architecture, room interiors and landscape. Robert R. Livingston, Jr. was Clermont's most notable resident.

His accomplishments include: drafting the Declaration of Independence, serving as first U.S. Minister of Foreign Affairs, administering the oath of office to George Washington, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase and developing steamboat technology with Robert Fulton.

  Mississippi Eyes chronicles the events and the powerful witness of five young photographers in The Southern Documentary Project, working during the pivotal summer of 1964 in the segregated South. Together they captured the sometimes violent, sometimes miraculous process of social change as segregation resisted then gave way to a new beginning toward social justice.

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The Hyde Collection, an internationally known art museum in Glens Falls, New York, has received a major donation from a leading national news anchor. 

The Hyde Collection announced it has been gifted a large collection of photographs from ABC news anchor and political correspondent George Stephanopoulos, who also worked in the Clinton White House. Hyde director Charles Guerin said the donation comes from a man whose collection is well known in the photography world.

  There is a pair of exciting new exhibits at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. "Ansel Adams: Early Works" and "Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography," are on display through April 20th in the Wood Gallery.

    Edna St. Vincent Millay was the most celebrated poet of her time and a significant figure in the 20th century American literature. Throughout her career, Millay led a life unfettered by conventions. Nowhere could she enjoy personal freedom and her own boundless imagination more than when she retreated to Steepletop, her beloved country estate, in Austerlitz.

The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop will debut a new exhibition of rare photos and personal treasures. The show opens with a fundraising reception on Millay’s birthday – that’s this Saturday, February 22 from 5:30-9:30 pm at McDaris Fine Art in Hudson, NY.