Seizing the Moment

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Seizing the Moment: The Evolution of Action Photography will feature never before seen images from The Horace Havemeyer III Collection along with work by contemporary photographers, showing the evolution of marine photography from a documentary approach to more of an artistic perspective. The Havemeyer Collection includes gelatin silver prints by early 20th-century master marine photographers Edwin Levick and Morris Rosenfeld, as well as work by others.

Levick and Rosenfeld pushed the limits of the photographic medium, capturing exciting, point-of-view images over a nine-year span. Levick’s work often placed the viewer squarely on deck, seemingly as part of the action, while Rosenfeld worked for Levick before he opened his own studio in 1910.

This one of a kind maritime collection was donated to The Mariners’ Museum in 2015 as a significant gift in memory of Horace Havemeyer III, a native of New York and an avid sailor. Havemeyer’s grandfather purchased these photographs from Levick; and over the years, they were passed down to his son and then grandson, Horace III, who founded Metropolis magazine in 1981. He served as its president until his death in 2014. His wife, Eugenie C. Havemeyer, is now at the helm of this publication, which is considered the vanguard of architecture and design today.


In conjunction with the Museum’s newest exhibit, the following programs will be available for members and guests to check out:

Members Preview

Friday, February 22, 2019 • 7:00 PM
Huntington Room at The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Mariners’ Museum Members are invited to join us for the exclusive Members-only preview of our new exhibition Seizing the Moment: The Evolution of Action Photography. Celebrate the opening of this exhibition with 2013 Timothea Larr Award-winner and author John Rousmaniere. Rousmaniere will be sharing his sailing experiences and his book Sleek: Classic Images from the Rosenfeld Collection. Includes light hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket per person, with cash bar to follow. Business casual attire. Limited space available. Please enter through Business Entrance.

MarinersMuseum.org/RSVP or call (757) 591-5129 to RSVP by February 14, 2019

Photography Meets Seamanship

Saturday, February 23, 2019 • 1:00 PM
Free for Members • Free with $1 Museum admission for guests

A sailor with many thousands of miles of salt water in his wake, John Rousmaniere is a noted authority on boats. In conjunction with Seizing the Moment: The Evolution of Action Photography, the Museum’s newest exhibit, Rousmaniere will showcase his books including the storm classic Fastnet, Force 10 and a widely heralded manual, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship. John is also a skilled amateur photographer, having written two books on the famous Rosenfeld Collection (one titled Sleek). During this presentation, Rousmaniere will show classic photos of boats in distress or triumph, he will comment on them both as art and as guides to good (and bad) seamanship.

Safety at Sea Seminar

Sunday, February 24, 2019 • 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
$150 for guests; $135 for Members
EARLY BIRD PRICE (through January 31): $130 for guests; $115 for Members

Join us for a day-long Safety at Sea Seminar designed and conducted by some of the leaders in the field of boating safety. The seminar provides both novice and experienced mariners alike with the information and skills required to sail the Chesapeake Bay or offshore, handle heavy weather, conduct rescue procedures, and much more. Participants will receive Near-Coastal Safety at Sea certification from US Sailing. This seminar is the most comprehensive safety at sea program offered in the Hampton Roads area. Safety at Sea is open to all cruising and racing skippers, crews & their families, recreational boaters, as well as commercial mariners.

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