White on White: Churches of Rural New England, organized by Historic New England in Boston, presents 40 photographs of iconic New England churches by renowned architectural photographer Steve Rosenthal.

The exhibit will be at the University’s Adams Gallery, from Feb. 13-May 9, 2012.

The early churches of New England hold a special place in the American consciousness, revered for their physical beauty, simplicity and elegance and for their role in the nation’s history.

Rosenthal began photographing these churches in the 1960s, and the project gradually became a personal quest. His luminous black and white photographs capture the intrinsic beauty of the architecture while creating a world of rich order and rational light.

"These are the buildings which give New England towns and villages a unique sense of place and define, in many minds, the New England character,” said Rosenthal. “Collectively, they are as important to the cultural and architectural history of these villages as are the great cathedrals to the cities of Europe."

An accompanying book White on White: Churches of Rural New England, photographs by Steve Rosenthal, with an essay by Verlyn Klinkenborg and an afterword by Robert Campbell, is available through Historic New England.

White on White: Churches of Rural New England

is at Suffolk University's Adams Gallery, David J. Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont St. through May 9. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.

Photos:

South Ferry Church, Narragansett, Rhode Island, 1850 © 2005 Steve Rosenthal

Old First Church, Old Bennington, Vermont, 1805 © 2005 Steve Rosenthal