Award-winning photographer showcases his work in an exhibition at BC’s McMullen Museum of Art – Chelsea Record
David Weiss, who grew up in Chelsea, passed through Boston College’s McMullen Museum of Art and saw the new exhibit: ‘Photographing Chelsea In Transition 1977-89’ by award-winning photographer Arnie Jarmak.
“I love these photos. They bring back a lot of memories,” Weiss said.
Weiss was particularly captivated by Jarmak’s portrayal of the historic Walnut Street Synagogue. “It’s amazing,” Weiss remarked.
Gail Weisman was also captivated by Jarmak’s photographs of Chelsea’s buildings, schools and synagogues, among other landmarks.
“This exhibit is beautiful – I’m so glad he captured these photographs,” said Weisman, a 1963 graduate of Chelsea High School. “Seeing Broadway, Bellingham Square, a photo by Sam Pressman [of Pressman’s Deli] – he did a great job of bringing back some of my wonderful Chelsea memories.
Arnie Jarmak was Chelsea Record’s staff photographer from 1977 to 1989. He was an institution at Chelsea, known for his unique personality and friendly nature. As a photographer, he was highly regarded for his brilliant photos which appeared daily in the Record. Despite his greatness behind the camera, Jarmak remained humble and approachable to the community he loved.
Jarmak is paying homage to his former home of photojournalism with part of the photos from the exhibition dedicated to the Chelsea Record and legendary newspaper publisher, Andrew P. Quigley, who served as mayor of Chelsea, state senator and member of the board of directors. ‘school.
“In the canon of great photographers”
Diana Larsen is associate director of collections management, exhibition design and curatorial affairs at the McMullen Museum of Art. It was she who masterfully designed the Jarmak exhibition for visitors. “I’m very happy with how it went,” Larsen said. “We probably looked at around 800 to 1,000 photos to make these selections. It was really hard to choose, but I think what we found is great. Larsen was asked to assess Jarmak’s immense abilities as a photographer. “One of our docent volunteers who will be giving tours of the exhibit asked if Arnie was recognized in the canon of American photography,” Larsen said. “I replied that he certainly will be.” Jarmak credited Larsen with granting him the honor of exhibiting his work at the prestigious college museum. She first became acquainted with the incredible works of Jarmak during a visit to Chelsea. “Diana is the reason my work is in the McMullen Museum – definitely,” Jarmak said. “A ray of light shone on me in Chelsea Square. The gods opened up the stars and the sky, and a ray of light descended, and this fabulously gifted woman looked at my work and she immediately understood what I was trying to say. And it was a very good moment for me, for Chelsea and for the Chelsea Record. (The McMullen Museum of Art will host a special reception for Arnie Jarmak on Sunday, October 2.)