Darien photographer's work on display at Nantucket cafe
For the seventh year in a row, fine art portrait photographer Ben Larrabee, of Darien, an award-winning photographer with work in the permanent collections of museums, has installed a show of his family portraits at the Sconset Cafe on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.
The annual transformation of the cafe, owned by Rolf and Cindy Nelson, with intimate black-and-white portraits of families, started when the couple invited Larrabee to hang exclusively in their restaurant after customers responded so enthusiastically to his work.
The photographs provided the perfect complement to the warmth and creativity the Nelson family bring to their restaurant and the family atmosphere. It has become a yearly tradition to feature a new show, often including families from Darien. The cafe, situated at the end of the Milestone Road and in the heart of Sconset village, is a meeting place for family and friends.
"Everyone loves Ben's photographs," said Leah Hodge, one of the cafe's longtime waitresses. "People just come in and walk around to look at the photos. We've had one family come in to see their photo. Customers especially like the grandfather with his grandson and the towel draped across his little naked behind."
Larrabee will be on Nantucket photographing families through July 30.
His work is in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His award-winning photographs are found in homes from Santa Barbara to Chicago to New York.