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BWLI Students and Committee

Exhibition Honors Local Photographer

10/16/2012

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - For 44 years, Transcript photographer Randy Trabold captured the daily ins and outs of residents of the Northern Berkshires through the lens of his camera. His pictures, which appeared daily in the paper, were often picked up by the Associated Press and other international wire services.

In honor of Trabold, the Transcript Gallery will present "Transcope: North Berkshires through the eyes of Randy Trabold," a collection of 16 photographs culled from the weekly photo page, "The Transcope," which was put together by the late photographer.

The exhibition will open with a reception on Thursday, Oct. 25, as part of the final DownStreet Art Thrusday of the season, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.  

"While our new Main Street office affords us the chance to be part of DownStreet Art as a gallery, we thought this show would be an excellent opportunity to pay homage to our past as well," said Transcript Editor-in-Chief Michael Foster. "Much has changed in Northern Berkshire in recent years, but this show is a chance to take a look back in time at just how much has been transformed."

Trabold began his career at the Transcript in January 1935 at the age of 18, just six months after graduating from St. Joseph's High School. According to a 1979 Transcript article about his retirement, Trabold began working at his father's commercial photography studio on River Street after high school, but he found that the job failed to be creative outlet he was looking for.

Prior to city editor Patrick Ryan hiring Trabold, the paper did not have a staff photographer, as James A. Hardman Jr., who would later become editor of the paper, doubled as a reporter and photographer.

Trabold would remain with the Transcript, serving as its chief photographer until his retirement in August 1979. His work was shown during special exhibitions at the Berkshire Museum in 1956 and at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in 1979. He also was honored with awards by the New England Associated Press and the National Press Photographers Association.

A book featuring his photographs,"Randy Trabold's Northern Berkshire County," edited by MCLA Professor Tony Gengarelly, was published by Arcadia Press in 2003. An archive of his photographs, donated to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), by his widow, Ida Trabold, can be viewed online at www.randytrabold.com.