Photography exhibit chronicles history

Published 6:31 pm Thursday, August 5, 2010

The newest exhibit at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy offers a unique opportunity to see our local history.

“Looking Through the Lens: 100 Years of Photographs” showcases two local photographers, Holman Johnson of Troy and D.L. Hightower of Clayton, and their work documenting rural South Alabama during the 20th Century.

From family portraits to stark images of life on the farm, the photographs in the exhibit offer glimpses into our past – a history that has defined us as a region and a people. In gritty black and white, the images evoke hints of the WPA photographers’ work during the Great Depression. Moreover, the prints offer a visual telling of our most personal history as a community, one that chronicles everyday life as it was lived right here in South Alabama.

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But one of the most interesting aspects of the exhibit is also one of its most unique. Because many of the photographs lack detailed information, the public is being asked to be a part of this exhibit. Specifically, in identifying locations and, if possible, people featured in the photographers. Curators and docents will be on hand to collect the information from visitors, and all information will be used to help develop the details that will help chronicle our history through this exhibit.

We encourage you to take time to visit the Johnson Center for the Arts and view the “Looking Through the Lens” exhibit, whether you’re a lifelong native of Pike County or a newcomer. The photographs are moving, the subjects are raw and real and the opportunity to retell our history is immeasurable.

So take a look through the lens, at Pike County’s people and its history.

You’ll be glad you did.