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MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION FOR PHOTO BOOK ABOUT NEW HAMPSHIRE’S IMMIGRANTS

Governor Hassan Joins in Celebrating the Release of Book of Photos and Essays on Cultural Diversity

“In the pages of this book, our state’s vibrant ethnic, cultural and religious diversity comes to life.” New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan 

Concord, NH SEPTEMBER 22, 2015 – On Thursday afternoon, September 17, Governor Maggie Hassan joined an overflowing crowd at the mansion at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord to celebrate the publication of a photography book by Becky Field, entitled Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity.

The Governor praised Field’s photography for illustrating the cultural diversity that adds to the social and economic fabric of New Hampshire. In the introduction, the Governor wrote, “Through it’s pictures and stories, Different Roots, Common Dreams demonstrates how the individuals and families who help constitute this remarkable diversity enrich the fabric of our society.”

Field has been photographing New Hampshire’s immigrant and refugee families since 2012. This book is an outcome of her ongoing project to illustrate and honor the lives of our new American neighbors.

“This is the first time that New Hampshire’s immigrants have been so extensively photographed,” said Field, “adding to our historic records.”

Governor Hassan noted that Field’s book was used recently to illustrate the state’s cultural diversity during official negotiations with a company interested in coming here.

In endorsing the book, Jeff Rose, Commissioner for the NH Department of Resource and Economic Development, said, “Different Roots, Common Dreams provides a powerful portrayal of the energy and range of immigrant communities in New Hampshire, a state known for its culture of inclusion. We are a stronger state when we celebrate this diversity in our workforce, our businesses, and our communities.”

In addition to the Governor, speakers at the event included Field who talked about her project; Janeth Orozco Sanchez, state coordinator for Welcoming NH; and Tika Acharya, Executive Director of the Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire.

Thursday’s celebration included appetizers representing several cultures donated by immigrant and beautifully arranged by an Iraqi caterer from Manchester. Nepali musicians, now residents of Concord, provided live music on tabla and harmonium. Books were available for purchase at the event with help from Gibson’s Bookstore; Field was available to sign copies.

An exhibit of about 25 photographs from the book were on display at the Kimball Jenkins School of Art. The exhibit will now move to the Portsmouth Public Library for the month of October.

In addition to her photographs, Field’s book includes an introduction by Governor Hassan, a foreword by renowned photographer, John Isaac, and six “journey stories” by refugees about their experiences of resettling in the Granite State.

Becky Field has a certificate in photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She has also studied at Maine Media Workshops, Photographic Resource Center (MA), and Center for Photography at Woodstock (NY). She also holds a doctorate in wildlife ecology and lives in Concord, NH.

High-resolution scans are available upon request. Scanning from the book or lifting images from the mechanical file are strictly prohibited. With permission, a mandatory credit line should read: “ From: Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity, by Becky Field, Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2015. ©FieldWork Photos”

Fine Art Photography / New Hampshire/ Immigration / Refugee

Hardcover, $35.00 US , 10×9 inches, 128 pages, 133 four-color photographs and narrative essays

Published by Peter E. Randall Publishers ~ Distributed by Enfield Distribution – ISBN: 978-1-937721-24-4

Book website: www.differentrootsnh.com

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