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Opening Reception for Edwin Gaynor: Portraits

Sunday, June 30, 2013, 04:00pm - 06:00pm

Edwin Gaynor: Portraits: Fairfield Faces & Style in the 1970's
Exhibit open from June 29 through August 11, 2013

In conjunction with the New Members Reception.

Meet the artist's family, browse the exhibit, snack on cheese and crackers and mingle with other guests.

gaynor edited for webAbout the Artist:
Though best known for his accomplishments as a sailor — ocean racer and distance cruiser — Edwin Gaynor  (1927-2012) was also a photographer. He specialized in portraiture, capturing personality as well as likeness. Shown publicly here for the first time, this collection is  a chronicle not only of his family and friends, but of Fairfield style in the early- mid 1970s.

A lifelong resident of Fairfield and Southport, Gaynor attended Unquowa and Fairfield Prep, served in the Merchant Marine in WW II, earned an undergraduate degree from Yale and did graduate work at M.I.T. He started a manufacturing business to produce fluorescent wiring devices which his son continues today.  He married Elizabeth Meissner and with her raised three children, his first models.Gaynor3 girl with cat edited for web

Always sociable, gregarious, and outgoing, Gaynor had an enthusiasm for people which, along with an artistic eye, led him to portrait photography. In the late 1960s he met Russell and Betty Kuehner, well-known professional photographers, who shared their expert knowledge and encouraged him. Gaynor and his Hasselblad were soon in demand among his large circle of friends when a special photograph was needed. He shot brides, authors, children, commodores, and families; he also initiated numerous portraits of family and friends. 

Gaynor built a darkroom in his Southport home where he did his own printing and enlargements, and devised a tray-rocking machine using his Gaynor Company switches. Easy-going and charming behind the camera, he became a perfectionist in the darkroom. When his favorite Opal G paper was no longer  available, and he could find no substitute for its tone and texture, he turned his attention to the design and construction of his ideal sailboat, Emily.

“Take a lot of pictures.”



Location : Perkin Gallery and Reading Room

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