Gary Samson is a fine art photographer and photo educator who has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships for his work during the past forty years. Since 2011, he has taken New Hampshire Institute of Art BFA degree photography students to Greece on one-month tours as part of a credit course toward graduation and continues in this role through 2020.
Gary is currently serving as the Artist Laureate of New Hampshire after retiring as the Chair of the Photography Department at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. He has taught photography courses and workshops regionally and internationally since 1981 and his career in photography started in 1971 at the University of New Hampshire where he served as the University Filmmaker and Manager of Photography. Gary’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Currier Museum of Art, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the state of New Hampshire, the University of New Hampshire Art Museum and the National Archives in Washington, DC as well as in private collections.
Gary’s expertise and portfolio are wide-ranging. He has served as the official photographer for New Hampshire, received two fellowships from the New Hampshire Council on the Arts for his environmental portraits of New Hampshire artists and writers, had a portfolio of his portrait work exhibited in Andrezieux-Boutheon, France at the invitation of the French government, traveled to Russia, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Peru, Ireland, France, Labrador, Belize, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, New Orleans, and the White House on cultural photography and documentary filmmaking assignments over the past four decades, produced ten documentary films exploring the history and culture of the state of New Hampshire which were aired locally, regionally and nationally on cable broadcasts, commercial and public television stations, catalogued the archives of internationally acclaimed portrait photographer Lotte Jacobi after producing a film on her life, authored several books on New Hampshire history including Capitol Views: A Photographic History of Concord, New Hampshire 1850-1930, and collaborated with UNH Professor Burt Feintuch as photographic illustrator of books about the people, culture and landscape of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and musicians in New Orleans—a book on Zydeco music is nearing publication.