“The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape,” Mark Chester’s provocative black-and-white portrait series on the lives of new Americans living in Massachusetts, is on display at Falmouth Academy’s Driemeyer Gallery through October 15.
The show has been touring around the Bay State since 2015 with the aim of raising awareness, encouraging tolerance, celebrating diversity, and affirming the contributions of immigration to a healthy society. The show is winding down its tour in 2020 and will culminate with a book release thereafter.
Each individual portrait in the series was shot at a location chosen by the subject. The show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.
Mark Chester was born in Baltimore, grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, and now calls Cape Cod his home. He is a photojournalist, artist and author. He began photographing new Americans in 2011 to document the state’s diverse population and has photographed more than 400 participants representing 194 of the world’s 196 countries and territories.
The public may view the exhibit Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. Guests at the school are required to sign in with the receptionist.