Good photography is a critical element in the success of any Museum collections catalog-no matter how extensive the research and how innovative the interpretation. Gavin Ashworth brought his extensive experience and technical wizardry to bear on photographing whitework, whole cloth quilting and crewel-embroidered bed furnishings. I am grateful for Gavin’s efforts above and beyond the call of duty in bringing this project to fruition.
Susan P. Schoelwer
Connecticut Historical Society, Director of Museum Collections, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Senior Curator
This book would not have been possible without the participation of Gavin Ashworth, our photographer. He is a man with an amazing combination of talents: a great eye for the best and truest shots, endless energy and enthusiasm, and concern and care for all the objects he handles
Collector and Author
Reference made to the publication of “Expressions of Innocence and Eloquence” Vol:1&2
Gavin Ashworth was a magician with the photography. His ability to capture the essence of three-dimensional objects, and to allow readers to engage with these works of art on the page, has brought this book to life.
H. Richard Dietrich 111
President of The Dietrich American Foundation
Reference made to the 2020 publication of “In Pursuit of History”
This is a book wherein I am but a partner with my photographer, Gavin Ashworth, who, for the first time to my knowledge, has given the commonplace of ceramic history the artistic treatment usually reserved for the grand and costly. Although he would be the last to claim it so, this is as much his book as it is mine.
Ivor Noel Hume
Archaeologist and social historian
Reference made to the book “If these pots could talk”
The photographs of every one of the quilts, as well as the beautiful installation shots, are the work of the incomparable Gavin Ashworth. Gavin is simply the best. Not only are his photographs works of art, but every moment spent in his company is a true pleasure. I include Gavin as team AFAM (American Folk Art Museum) because I consider him part of the museum family.
Elizabeth V. Warren
President of the American Folk Art Society
Reference made to “Red & White Quilts-Infinite Variety”
Gavin Ashworth is a brilliant photographer with a business in New York. He has taken literally thousands of photographs of collections, always attentive to the smallest detail. That he has set himself the highest standards shows only too well in the finished work.
Preeminent dealer and author in English earthenware and stoneware
Gavin Ashworth’s expert and brilliantly produced special photographs have made the design of this work a joy, and his “There’s no ‘I’ in team” attitude made him a delightful colleague.
Wendy A. Cooper
Senior Curator of Furniture at Winterthur
A separate recognition is made for Gavin Ashworth, master photographer, whose color images honor this publication with their inclusion. Working in the field with Gavin made me realize how a master with the lens made furniture come alive. At times, most of the days were spent in private homes, and it was through truly Herculean efforts that Gavin remained calm with us acting as his assistants. We would like to say that Gavin is great to work with in the field and at night celebrating the day’s efforts. Thanks Gavin, I’m sorry the project is over.
Bradford L. Rauschenberg
Co Author “ The Furniture of Charleston 1680-1820
The photographs that Gavin Ashworth captures not only result in an outstanding product in print, they also save time and budget throughout a book’s production because of the exacting standards and color management that he demands in his images and his understanding of the prepress and printing processes. Working with Gavin has taught me this value in excellence.
Gary J. Albert
Director of Publications, old salem/MESDA
While not an official staff member, Gavin Ashworth was adopted by all of us. Not only is he a skilled photographer, but he also has the most charming manner this side of the Atlantic and could convince any reluctant owner to let us completely dismember their house in quest of the perfect shot or alternatively to allow us to cart it off to be photographed at an off site location.
Gavin Ashworth has had a long and creative association with the American Folk Art Museum for over twenty years. His extraordinary professionalism, knowledge and attention to detail have added photography of great beauty and integrity to countless catalogs, books and documentary photographs. He has been our primary photographer, loyal colleague and partner without comparison and will continue to be for many years to come. It will be an honor to continue the tradition of including Gavin Ashworth’s photography to the Museum’s archives and publications.
Director of Photographic Services
American Folk Art Museum, New York.
Gavin Ashworth known throughout the country for his quality work.The collaboration and friendship among us that began then continued through the development and production of this book and hopefully will never end.
Leslie Anne Miller
Board Chair, Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Reference made to the book “Start With a House Finish With a Collection
I am an amateur photographer who wanted to be involved. Gavin welcomed my input, crowned it with his own aesthetic and professional skills and in the end masterfully achieved my goals.
S. Robert Teitleman
Art Collector and Author
Thank you and kudos to Gavin Ashworth of Gavin Ashworth photography who expertly photographed the many objects pictured in the catalog.
Director of the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Wisconsin
Reference made to the book “The Human Condition”, Stephen and Pamela Hootkin Collection