And where else to exhibit this but the library, the public repository of hundreds of thousands of such stories? Bruce Brown, longtime curator of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, wisely avoided placing these photos in a traditional gallery, where the full weight of their content would be compromised. After all, the library is the best museum of social life humans have come up with yet.

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"AROUND THE HOUSE: 17 MAINE PHOTOGRAPHERS" | through Jan 28 | at Lewis Art Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq, Portland | 207.871.1700 |

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