SHERMAN — The Sherman Library announces Part II of “Vanishing Cultures,” photographs by Nancy Astor-White. A few years ago at the Sherman Library, she presented her images of Tibet, “Vanishing Cultures Part I.” Her new exhibit will take you from Genghis Kahn to Tamerlane to present-day Russia. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Hear the stories behind the images around 7:15 p.m. The photographs will be on display at the Sherman Library from April 25 through June 5.
In 1975 arriving in Russia, Nancy traveled to many parts of the USSR unknown to most Americans. She witnessed first hand cultures of remote villages from deserts to mountain regions all the while capturing the faces, the dress, the mannerisms with her camera. Most of us will never travel to these regions, and many of these cultures are now gone.
Her pictures were shot on film — the old Kodachrome and Kodacolor. They were reprinted and restored from old snapshots, scanned into a computer, color corrected and then printed out on a digital printer, with the technological expertise provided by Thomas A. White. They retain the soft edges and tones of the film era, unlike the sharp digital edges resulting from today’s imaging, which gives the feeling of what they are — a record of a time that now exists only in history.
Astor-White graduated from Cornell University and worked in network television on news and documentary programming, which led to part-time work as a photojournalist. Her work was published in the New York Times, New York Herald Tribune, Life Magazine, New York Magazine, Diners Club Magazine, and is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In the late 1960s, Nancy changed careers, obtained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Columbia University and worked full time as a clinical psychologist in New York City. However, photography remained a key interest in her life and her travels around the globe have been well documented.
Following a full-time move to Sherman in 1988, Nancy and her husband, Thomas White, bred and raised Arabian horses on their farm here. Nancy also served for six years as Vice Chairman of the Sherman Conservation Commission and most recently for six years represented the Town of Sherman on the Northwest Regional Mental Health Board. Today, Nancy continues to watch the surrounding landscape and animal life around Sherman, which unfailingly provides visual beauty to record.