Roger Farrington: Celebrity in Boston

Noted Boston photographer Roger Farrington. (File Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill)
Noted Boston photographer Roger Farrington. (File Photo (c) Hilda M. Morrill)

Boston’s noted photographer, Roger Farrington, first began taking his fabulous photographs in the Theatre District in 1976 and has been covering Boston’s lifestyle and cultural scene ever since.

Panopticon Gallery is pleased to be exhibiting for the very first time an exclusive selection of fifty of Farrington’s classic candid shots, “Celebrity in Boston,” of internationally known celebrities who visited Boston between the years of 1976 and 1996.

Curated by the former Executive Director of the Photographic Resource Center, Jim Fitts, and Panopticon Gallery owner, Jason Landry, the black-and-white photographs hark back to pre-Internet times, the time before the “instant celebrity” of Facebook, Instagram and “the selfie,” before digital photography, to a more innocent time when black-and-white still ruled print media.

It was also a time when celebrities were “Celebrities” and Andy Warhol’s famous dictum, “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes,” had yet to be realized. (Yes, a great shot of Warhol on Newbury Street in 1985, is featured in the show.)

In addition to Andy Warhol, other notables included are (partial list): Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, Cher, Joan Collins, Sammy Davis, Jr., Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Michael Douglas, Harvey Fierstein, Charlton Heston, Dennis Hopper, John Irving, Stephen King, Cyndi Lauper, Jay Leno, Norman Mailer, Barry Manilow, Sir Ian McKellen, Rudolf Nureyev, Yoko Ono, Luciano Pavarotti, Richard Pryor, Garry Shandling, Brooke Shields, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Dione Warwick, Raquel Welsh and Vanna White, to name but a few.

The exhibition will be on display from Saturday, January 28 through Monday, April 10, 2017, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, January 28 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

An artist’s Gallery Talk and Closing Reception will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The Panopticon Gallery is located in the Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square, 502c Commonwealth Ave., Boston. For more information, call 781-718-5777 or visit