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October 17, 2013

Photo exhibit records life in Kentucky

MOREHEAD — Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center has announced its upcoming exhibition, “Rough Road, The Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project, 1975-1977.” The opening reception will be at 6 p.m. today.

 The exhibition will remain on display through December.

In 1975, Ted Wathen, Bob Hower and Bill Burke set off to document Kentucky by photographing in each of Kentucky's 120 counties. Photographs from the Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project were exhibited at The J.B. Speed Museum, The International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House and the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian.

In 2011, Louisville’s Frazier History Museum revived the project's work. The KFAC exhibition presents 50 of these large format photographs.

“Not only are these photographs significant as artwork,” KFAC Director Matt Collinsworth said. “They stand as a significant document of Kentucky’s recent history. It is fascinating to look at these amazing photos and see how much the state has changed and how much it hasn’t.”

The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

For more information, call (606) 783-2204 or visit kyfolkart.org.

 

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