Joe Quinlan focuses his camera lens primarily on older structures that have weathered the years to remain standing in our ever-changing environment. His subject material includes the interior and exterior of old factories, churches, storefronts and other urban structures; farm buildings and equipment; rivers, streams and woods, and railroads. Most of his urban work has been in his native Lowell; and his rural, in western and northern New England. He also has photographed in Utah, southwestern Virginia, and northern Quebec and Labrador and the Atlantic provinces of Canada.

He has received numerous grants, and has shown his work in several juried and solo shows. Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union of Lowell has turned one of his factory-and-canal images into a mural in its main branch lobby.

He uses primarily a medium format, twins-lens reflex camera and tripod in the field and develops the negatives and makes fiber-based prints in a “wet” darkroom. Virtually all of his work is in black-and-white.

He studied photography under the tutelage of established New England photographers Justin Kimball, Lee Fernside, Chris Lizon, Cecilia Hirsch and Tom Young.

Mr. Quinlan is a member of the Arts League of Lowell, the Photographic Resource Center of Boston and the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell.

His images are available for purchase, and he can be retained for commission work as well. In addition to his own work, he has a collection of large format negatives of Lowell factory women photographed in the 1950s by Ray Marchand.

Mr. Quinlan can be reached at or by telephone, at 413.522.5339.