The Images of John Duncan
Revisiting the 1970s in Portland, Maine
In images shot while hanging with friends, walking the streets, or driving his taxi in the 1970s, John Duncan emotionally and evocatively captured the innocence, mood, fun, spirit, struggle, and melancholy of a city and its people during an iconic era.
Lilit Danielyan, a self-taught visual artist living in Portland, has shot and edited full-page black and white portraits to accompany each of the twenty stories featured in Dear Maine: The Trials and Triumphs of Maine’s 21st Century Immigrants. Scheduled for release in November, the book tells the remarkable stories of immigrants who have moved to Maine in the past few decades. An immigrant herself, Danielyan has been working on documentary photography projects exploring the subjects of identity, belonging, and nostalgia since 2015. Born in Armenia during the first Nagorno-Karabakh war, Danielyan and her family moved to Central Kazakhstan shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Her first camera was a Soviet-made Zenit that she used to record images of her family, their village, and the world in the aftermath of the conflicts. She immigrated to the United States alone in 2012 seeking to further her education. Once in the United States, Danielyan received an honorable mention at the International Documentary Photography Competition for a photo essay about her grandmother and became a Sam Abell Endowed Scholarship recipient at the Maine Media Workshops + College. She is now studying psychology and film at Smith College in Massachusetts. She also studied International Relations from Karaganda State University in Kazakhstan. “Lilit’s striking black and white portraits are not only beautiful images of people, but works of art in their own right,” said Dean Lunt, editor-in-chief of Islandport Press. “As is the case with great photojournalism and documentary photography, her photos and her style help capture the essence of her subjects and serve to greatly enhance the text.”
Ain't Nothin' Like a Puffin
Photo by Dave Dostie