Date(s) - 04/18/2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The New Hampshire Institute of Franco-American Studies (NHIFAS) is hosting an online event on Tuesday, April 18th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm with guest speaker Becky Field as she shares with us her book – Finding Home: Portraits and Memories of Immigrants.
Finding Home is a celebration of people from other countries who have resettled in New Hampshire. As a photographer, Becky has been documenting cultural diversity in the state since 2012. Now, in addition to their portraits, she met with 40 immigrants to record and transcribe their memories of life in the home country and their journeys to find a new home in the Granite State. Some came to escape violence; some came for love; some came for education. Some are teenagers with a lot of life ahead of them; some are elders with long memories of their journeys.
The stories show the resilience and determination of people to find a safe home, good education for their children, work to support their families, and freedom to practice their faith. The photographic portraits show the beauty and vitality of cultural diversity that contributes to all our communities.
Purchase her book here!
About the Author
Becky Field’s photography has won awards and been recognized by arts organizations and immigrant communities. In 2014 her work was selected for a juried exhibit at the NH Institute of Art. She was a Visiting Fellow at Derryfield School, Manchester, NH. Her photographs have been added to the permanent art collections at the NH Institute of Art and the Mariposa Museum, Peterborough, NH.
Her first book, Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire’s Cultural Diversity, includes photographs of immigrants at home, at work, celebrating traditions and practicing their faith. The introduction is by Maggie Hassan, former NH Governor, foreword by John Isaac, former Chief of United Nations Photo Unit, and six stories by NH immigrants. In her second book, Finding Home: Portraits and Memories of Immigrants, she photographed and interviewed 40 immigrant families in New Hampshire about their journeys to find a new home. The book includes an introduction by Gary Samson, NH Artist Laureate, and preface by George Bruno, Esq. US Ambassador (Ret.)
Becky studied at the NH Institute of Art, and at photography centers throughout the Northeast. In past work she was a wildlife ecologist and university professor. She has a doctoral degree in ecology and lives in Concord, NH.