Wide Angle (photo exhibit)

Wide Angle (photo exhibit)

University of Kentucky Museum of Art
Lexington, Kentucky

Here is a wide-angle view of the photo exhibit Wide Angle that is presently on display at the UK Art Museum.  I’ve learned today that it will travel to the Huntington Museum of Art this fall.  It’s a pretty complete exhibition in terms of giving the viewer an education on the different styles of photography as well as a long list of important (and famous) photographers.    From the UK museum website:

“From the Art Museum’s extensive collection of more than 1,300 photographs, this exhibition examines the history of American photography through the work of artists like: Ansel Adams, Van Deren Coke, Elliott Erwitt, Robert Frank, Lewis Hine, Helen Levitt, Russell Lee, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Cindy Sherman, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Doris Ulmann, Andy Warhol, and Carrie Mae Weems.”

An important and interesting part of the exhibit is the discussion about the old Lexington Camera Club, the tie-in being photographs and money left to the museum by Robert C. May who was a club member and a University of Kentucky employee.

The club existed from at least 1936 until 1972 but had it’s peak sometime in the 1940s with greater than 100 members.  When May died, he left the museum about 1,200 photographs and a substantial amount of money (per the Lexington Herald Leader) that has been used to host an annual photography show and to bring noted photographers to the campus for an annual exhibit and lecture.