Philip in black and white

View from Newbury Street in Boston.

View from Newbury Street in Boston.

ImagePhilip Jameson, an extraordinary photographer who dabbles in black and white, will have an exhibition of his work at the Dryden Gallery, 27 Dryden Ln. (Providence Picture Frame behind Benny’s off North Main on Branch), opening on Saturday, Nov. 22, 6-9 p.m., and running through Feb. 21. The mountain shot featured on his poster is brilliant but I hope to see more shots of buildings, like those below. There’s something about black and white …

I used to attend concerts of the Solati Trio at the Dryden back in the day – that was closing in on three decades ago. Before the program I’d wander around the framed art, the frames often as encrusted with ornamental and elemental beauty as the art itself. Sometimes the frames were better! Then upstairs, chat a bit, grab a chair, sit down and wait for the music to wash over me. Two sisters of Mother Russia on violin and viola, and Hrant Tatian, of the Rhode Island Philharmonic on cello. His daughter Beth was being squired around in those days by my good friend Steve. Ah! The memories!

I wonder why there are not more places like the Dryden Gallery where art, craftsmanship and music intermingle to such pleasurable effect. No, of course I don’t wonder why. The answer is the same as the one for “Why does society sit still and receive the architecture it gets like a slap in the face?” Does society get what it deserves?

I’m not even sure the Dryden hosts concerts anymore – does the Solati Trio still exist? If you attend Philip Jameson’s opening, you can ask.

Cain House, Bodie Ghost Town, in California.

Cain House, Bodie Ghost Town, in California.

Deschambeau Hotel, Bodie, Calif. (note bullet hole in door).

Deschambeau Hotel, Bodie, Calif. (note bullet hole in door).

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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