Local publisher features portraits in Portsmouth Library exhibition

PORTSMOUTH – Local editor Peter E. Randall has been a photographer for almost 60 years. Now he is sharing images of his friends, acquaintances and loved ones in an exhibit at Portsmouth Public Library, called ‘Peter’s People’.

Known primarily for his landscape images, Randall has always enjoyed photographing people. He was tempted to call this exhibition “Peter’s Portraits”, but believes that a portrait involves a collaboration between the model and the photographer. Most of the images in this exhibit are portraits, but others are candid photographs taken while the subject is talking or playing music.

You can see your favorite local business owner, artist or politician featured in these photos spanning half a century. As one recent participant exclaimed, “It’s like the old Portsmouth I remember!

Self-portrait by photographer Peter Randall

Founder of Peter E. Randall Publisher and a native of coastal New Hampshire, Randall is the twelfth generation of his family to live in the area. He has been involved in publishing since graduating from the University of New Hampshire as a history major.

Before founding his own publishing company, he was editor of a weekly newspaper and for seven years edited New Hampshire Profiles magazine. Since 1974, he has authored 14 books ranging from photography collections and travel guides to local history.

A reception and meeting with the photographer will be held on Sunday, December 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Levenson room of the library. No registration is required.