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Photographers Revealed

The Photography Center of Cape Cod gives guidance to a congregation of camera clickers on Route 6A

Photography by Cedar Hickey

After a series of moves from its original grounds on Main Street in Hyannis, the association moved to Route 6A in Barnstable Village in 1972. With donated land from what was once the Bacon Farm Inn by owner Ensio Rapo, fundraising efforts, and the goodwill of members and neighbors, they were able to construct a permanent home with a wood-sided, modern design that, Miller allows, would probably not have been permissible with today’s tighter building codes. The grounds are dotted with sculptures and understatedly lush landscaping; the wings soar and look more like a contemporary beach house than a stolid museum. Inside, the wide-pine board floors and rough-hewn ceiling beams are augmented with natural light that seeps through an opaque skylight.

While supervisers scout for a separate location for photographers, the Photography Center of Cape Cod has made its home inside the Cape Cod Art Association. The center is still in its fledgling state: students bring their own laptops and classes are held wherever there is room within the CCAA building. But thanks to grants and contributions from art organizations like the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth and The Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as a host of private contributors, the center offers an opportunity for photographers to realize their own potential—and capture the irreplaceable scenery of Cape Cod.

The array of classes and workshops offered by the PCCC, would be the envy of far more established organizations, which covers an assortment of subject matter under a variety of conditions. Workshops offered this year include “The Art of Landscape Photography” and “Provincetown: Seeing More Than Meets the Eye” with Bob Singer and John Tunney. The center’s popular PhotoWalk and PhotoTour programs, in which students visit several locations around the Cape in one day and shoot under the auspices of a professional photographer, are conducted throughout the summer.

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