Picturing Martha’s Vineyard

The invention of photography in the mid 19th century forever changed how we see the world. Since the first photographer to work on the Island set up his studio in 1851, countless others have followed suit, turning their cameras towards the people and places of Martha‚Äôs Vineyard. Among them were father and son duo Charles and Richard G. Shute, who captured the Island as tourists saw it in the mid to late 19th century, and Edward Lee Luce, who photographed the lives of Islanders themselves in the early 20th century. The Shutes and Edward Lee Luce are the photographers whose work is most-represented in the Museum’s collections. In this exhibit, explore their work, and discover the Island as it was over a century ago.