North Shore Photography Lecture Series

Giving Back: A Photo Lecture by Len Rubinstein

$10.00 Adults (+$2 ticketing fee)
$5.00 Students (+$2 ticketing fee)

The problem with any shooter, like myself, that is constantly working, is we forget to get off the train at multiple stops - instead it’s been a race from the start to the last stop.

A trip to Mexico City to spend a couple of day working on a project for the Broad institute, I had the privilege to photograph Señor Carlos Slim, at that time the richest man in the world. It was a career changing experience. Here I was with a man worth upwards of 87 billion dollars, but soon discovered that his real worth was his wisdom. We talked a bit and he shared with me some words for my children. We discussed the difference between writing a check at tax time and the virtue of giving of yourself, your time. I returned to Boston and embarked on a new direction of choosing a different non-profit organization each year to do a pro bono portrait series. I was stepping back into the studio and exploring a new dramatic photographic direction that not only challenged me photographically, but also socially. The first year I did a series of profile images for Special Olympics, that was displayed as life size images during their gala at the ICA and outside media. The next year I worked with the Friendship House. They provide services to enhance the emotional behavioral and social well-being of children. I next embarked on a campaign for Spare Change, the Cambridge newspaper for the homeless.

My current project is working for ROCA, an organization using a four-year intervention model for the highest risk young people. I will tell anyone that will listen these have been some of the most rewarding shoots of my career, and I feel the work shows it. I’m humbled by the response from the people that have allowed me into their lives and to them I say thank you.

Len RubensteinAbout Len Rubenstein

It has been a great ride. It’s going stronger than ever.

I get to live in other people’s worlds, be it for five minutes, a day or a week. Some are newborns, some are cadavers, some in amazing homes, some are homeless, the richest man in the world money-wise, and the richest people family-wise. It doesn’t matter, they all have a story to tell, and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to document it. 

I’m as passionate today as when I started. I live in a small Irish sea town twenty miles south of Boston called Scituate. The locals call me O’Rubenstein.

My job, “a great dinnertime conversation”.
I have many of you to thank. “Thank You”

Clients include: American Express, Aetna , Bank One, Bank of Tokyo, Bausch & Lomb, Biogen, Blackstone Group, Campbell Soup Company, Charles River Labs, Deutsche Bank, Disney, Fidelity, Fleet, Genzyme, GTE, IBM, Liberty Mutual, Marriott, Merrill Lynch, Novell, and Reebok.

About North Shore Photography Lecture Series

North Shore Photography Lecture Series (NSPLS) is part of the Firehouse Center for the Arts' Newburyport Lyceum Speaker Series. NSPLS is co-produced by Firehouse Center for the Arts and Sweethaven Gallery.

Nearly everyone is a Photographer now, thanks to smart phones and digital technology—but few of us really understand the Art. Whether you are a novice or advanced, The North Shore Photography Lecture Series will open your eyes to the artistic world of photography. It will suggest new ways to look at photographs, and spark a new reverence for the little digital cameras in our lives.

The lecturers are professionals who have spent their careers dedicated to some aspect of photography—as pro shooters, educators, connoisseurs, and even a designer of photography books. They will guide you through the magic of the photographic medium—not so much about technical tips, but rather about how some photographers have raised the humble medium to an art, or have used it as an agent for social change. The lectures are also designed to engage the general public in exploring the art of photography, and to inspire up and coming photographers to pursue their dreams by listening to the words of and seeing examples of passionate, working pros.


“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” (Elliot Erwitt)

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” (Aaron Siskind)

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