Joseph Squillante has been photographing the Hudson River for more than 35 years. He has traveled the length of the river, from its source at Lake Tear of the Clouds on Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks to its mouth at New York Harbor.
“My love for the Hudson continues to grow each time I visit its shores,” says Joseph. “Making photographs of this wonderful subject has become my life’s work.”
A New York Times reviewer noted that some of Joseph’s pictures are similar in style to Hudson River School, Barbizon, and 19th-century Realist painters. Like the Hudson landscape painters before him, Joseph is attracted to the beauty and romance of the river.
Well-respected by the Hudson River community, Joseph’s talent and his concern for the Hudson enable him to distill the spirit of this national treasure. He works with organizations such as Riverkeeper, Clearwater and Scenic Hudson who has recognized him as a “Hudson Valley Hero.” Joseph has been asked to exhibit at important river milestones, such as the American Heritage River celebration and the opening of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries on the Hudson. This year, 2013, Joseph was invited back to the Beacon Institute for a solo exhibit opening in October; and has been asked to exhibit in Scenic Hudson’s year-long show “On Time and Place” to commemorate their first 50 years. Joseph’s mission is to foster an awareness of the river’s visual magnificence through photography. To this end, he and his wife, Carol Capobianco, founded the Hudson River School of Photography, cultivating an appreciation for the Hudson through workshops, slide presentations, in-classroom talks, lessons, exhibitions, and note cards and prints.
In 2009 the Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson’s journey to America, Joseph had over eight exhibits from the Alan Klotz Gallery in Chelsea, the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers and six-month solo exhibit at the Albany Institute of History and Art.
“As I reach out and share my work, I meet many people who also love the river,” says Joseph. “My aim is to nurture and expand this community. I believe that a greater appreciation of this natural resource will lead to a better understanding of its importance. The Hudson is a universal subject and a continual source of inspiration.”
Joseph’s work also includes portraiture and still life and is sold internationally through the photography agency Getty Images, in New York, and through his own studio, Silver Ink®, in Peekskill, NY. Joseph is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, ArtsWestchester Teaching Artist Roster and the Peekskill Arts Alliance. Joseph has most recently been appointed as a member of the Historic and Landmarks Preservation Board for the City of Peekskill.
A number of his photographs are in the permanent collections of the New-York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New York and the Albany Institute of History and Art.