Nicholas Whitman

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After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1977 Nicholas Whitman was commissioned to photograph collections at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. During his tenure he brought order and interest to the museum’s superb photographic holdings.

In 1986 he moved to freelance practice.

Returning to the Berkshires in 1990 he has since provided imagery for many of the regions cultural institutions. Including the Bennington Museum, Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Theater Group/Colonial Theatre, Chesterwood, Olana, MASS MoCA, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, and Williams College.

Whitman’s Williams College winter study Landscape Photography class ran for two decades.

In concert with commissioned work Whitman continues to mine numerous veins of expressive photography. Several of which have resulted in books, gallery shows and museum exhibitions.



Dedee Shattuck Gallery |  November 29 - December 23, 2017  | Small Works 2017

Dedee Shattuck Gallery |  June 6 - July 8, 2012  |  Sea, Shore, Sky and Ice: Nicholas Whitman and Susan Schultz


After Rider (on exhibition at The New Bedford Whaling Museum)

Former Whaling Museum curator Nicholas Whitman exhibits a selection of his recent photographic work adjacent to the Whaling Museum’s Albert Pinkham Ryder painting, Landscape, c. 1870. 

Whitman has a deep appreciation for Ryder’s work. His photographs address themes in common with the painter, including moody maritime nocturnes and allegorical interpretations of nature. According to the artist, Whitman’s photographs align with Ryder’s emotive expressionism with a modernist’s view.


“Ryder’s paintings evoke emotions from a world beneath the surface. He probes dark seas to find a reality illuminated in moonlight.” – Nicholas Whitman


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