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October 19, 2007

ULM Library to host Louisiana State Museum photography exhibition between Oct. 20 – Nov. 20

The ULM Library will host “The Faces of Rural Louisiana: Through the Lens, 1890-1940,” between Oct. 20 and Nov. 20 on the ULM Library’s 5th floor in the Special Collections exhibit area. The exhibit is sponsored by the Louisiana Delta Community College Library/Learning Resource Center.

The photography collection, a Louisiana State Museum traveling exhibit, examines the people of rural Louisiana from the turn of the century through the 1930s.

Beginning in the 1880s, the mass production and availability of dry plate glass negatives allowed photographers the flexibility and technology to leave the confines of the portrait studio. Photographers ventured to remote rural areas and captured the otherwise little known communities and landscapes.

Photographers Georges Francois Mugnier, Charles Denison Keator, Olide P. Shexnayder, Fonville Winans, and Russell Lee each documented a different region of rural Louisiana and their respective communities. From group portraits to images of the common person at work, the audience will view diverse faces on a backdrop of rural Louisiana landscapes.

For more information, call Special Collections at: (318) 342-1055.

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