Photographic journey captures the act of healing, from the technological to the divine

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From 'Healing, Body & Spirit," a photo exhibition starting Sept. 16 at CMC.
From “Healing, Body & Spirit,” a photo exhibition starting Sept. 16 at CMC.

MANCHESTER, NH – CMC will display an exhibit by photographer Matthew Lomanno, Healing Body and Spirit, produced and published by Parable Magazine, which explores spirituality in Catholic faith-based hospitals in New Hampshire. 

Lomanno captures spiritual healing in many forms in these works – from a brief moment of anxiety about a routine test to saying goodbye to preterm twins leaving the CMC Special Care Nursery.

“Speaking to doctors, nursing staff, administration, and most importantly, the patients of these Catholic hospitals it is clear that there is a vigilant recognition of and practice in treating patients not merely as bodies, but as persons,” said Lomanno who partnered with the Diocese of Manchester on the project.

Lomanno’s journalistic style of black-and-white photos captures the bond between providers and patients in many settings: outpatient rehabilitation, community clinics, emergency department and the electrophysiology lab.  This emotional and thought-provoking exhibit invites viewers to share in these personal, private, and spiritual moments.

From "Healing, Body & Spirit," a photo exhibition at CMC.
From “Healing, Body & Spirit,” a photo exhibition at CMC.

In an age of great technological advancement, Lomanno set out to explore compassion in an age and environment that is rich in technology.

“The act of healing, however, is not merely technological, but rather human and indeed divine,” said Lomanno.

CMC’s mission embraces this balance of high tech/high touch. It promises to provide health, healing and hope in a manner that offers innovative high quality services, compassion and respect for the human dignity of every individual who seeks or needs care as part of its healing ministry.

An opening reception is scheduled for September 16, 2015, 4 – 6:30 p.m. with refreshments in the Level C Atrium at CMC, 100 McGregor St., Manchester. The exhibit will be on display through the end of December 2015 and then travel to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua.


About the Exhibit
In the fall of 2014, I was on assignment for a photographic essay about New Hampshire’s Catholic hospitals. The goal was to show the essential  and ultimately spiritual work performed daily at Catholic Medical Center (Manchester) and St. Joseph Hospital (Nashua). The project was a massive coordination of resources: the Diocese of Manchester and Parable Magazine, of course, but more importantly both hospitals’ medical and administrative staffs, as well as their patients. Simply, this work could not have been made without the cooperation of many unseen supporters. The resulting photographs and text were published in the magazine’s March/April 2015 issue.This exhibition expands the content found on those pages to include more photographs presented in a larger format. I am grateful for the continuing support of the Catholic Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, the Diocese of Manchester, and Parable. – Matthew Lomanno


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Matthew Lomanno‘s work extends across a range of documentary and editorial projects, as well as private portraiture and weddings. His  photographs can be seen regularly in Parable, New Hampshire, and Business NH magazines. His photography has received multiple awards from the Catholic Press Association. He also creates photographs for many charitable, arts, and service organizations.He maintains a studio in the Manchester mills and resides in Hooksett with his wife and their four children, and also runs Amoskeag Studio, 250 Commercial St., in Manchester, an intimate live music venue.
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