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Retrospect: An exhibition of works from contemporary photographers and the University of Louisville Photographic Archives

An exhibition in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Louisville Photographic Archives. Since 1962 the University of Louisville Photographic Archives has grown to over two million images by hundreds of internationally known and emerging photographers, along with major collections such as the Roy Stryker Papers, Standard Oil (New Jersey) Photo Documentary Project, Caufield and Shook, and Fine Print collections. For the 50th anniversary we have organized an exhibition featuring the work of contemporary photographers alongside photographs that they have chosen from the archives. We have invited esteemed local photographers and friends of the Photographic Archives to submit work that reflects or is inspired by works in our collections. This pairing of contemporary and archival photography is meant to illustrate the significance of the Photographic Archives as a consummate resource that remains open to all artists, students, researchers and casual browsers alike.

  • Art Exhibit
When Sep 07, 2012 11:00 AM to
Oct 13, 2012 06:00 PM
Where Cressman Center for Visual Arts
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P Archives 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 6:00-9:00 PM


Curated by: Elizabeth E. Reilly

Featuring work by:

Shelby Lee Adams, Don Anderson, Bill Burke, Richard Bram, Michael Brohm, Bill Carner, Mary Carothers, Bruce Cook, Barbara, Crawford, Mitch Eckert, Julius Friedman, C. Thomas Hardin, Laura Hartford, Bob Hill, Bob Hower, Maggie Huber, Bill Luster, Sarah Lyon, Pat McDonogh, Chris Maynard, Guy Mendes, David Modica, John Nation, Jack Norris, Paul Paletti, Pat Pfister, Steve Plattner, C.J. Pressma, Jon Rieger, Pam Spaulding, Larry Spitzer, Ted Wathen


The Photographic Archives houses almost 2 million photographs and associated records and manuscripts.  Its mission is to collect significant  documentary, local, and art photograph collections, to organize the collections and to make them available to the public.  This is accomplished through our reference service, subject files, exhibitions, publications, digital collections, and other programs.  Hundreds of discrete collections included national documentary projects, local history photographs and an excellent museum collection of fine prints.  Collections include works by photographers like Dorothea  Lange, Russell Lee, Paul Strand, Esther Bubley, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Aaron Siskind, Alfred Stieglitz, Gary Winogrand, and Edward Weston among many others.


Use of our reading room and exhibitions gallery is free and open to the Public, Monday- Friday, 9:00-5:00pm.




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