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Kingsport Renaissance Center Second Floor Atrium Gallery, Kingsport, 37660
KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Public Library & Archives and ETSU’s Mary B. Martin School of the Arts and the Department of Art and Design will present “Kingsport Revisited,” a collection of recent black-and-white photographs made by students from East Tennessee State University. This month long exhibit, which runs Oct. 1 to Nov. 10 in the Kingsport Renaissance Center Second Floor Atrium Gallery, is the culmination of a summer course taught by ETSU’s Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography Joshua Dudley Greer. For the class, students researched the substantial photography collection of the Kingsport Public Library & Archives and meticulously re-photographed dozens of locations around Kingsport, just as they appeared in the original images. The resulting exhibition illustrates the significant changes in landscape, architecture and culture in Northeast Tennessee by pairing the new photographs with their original counterparts. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with the Friends of the Archives annual meeting. The exhibit will be open to the public Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The concept of Greer’s class was influenced by the work of photographer Mark Klett’s Rephotographic Survey project of the 1970s. Klett, a former photographer for the U.S. Geological Survey, revisited the sites of government survey photographs of the American West first taken in the 1870s, says Anita DeAngelis, ETSU art professor and director of co-sponsor Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. One hundred years later, he returned to record new images from the same vantage point as the original photograph. “The choice of the original photo and the use of modern equipment influence the results of the new image,” DeAngelis says. “Rephotography projects, by providing opportunities to compare images side by side, are often used by historians, by individuals who study the phenomena of slow change over a period of time, and by researchers who study social changes, among others. We are excited to see and help support Mr. Greer’s local historical photography project.” The following artists’ work will be included in the exhibition: Veronica Addington, Samantha Adkins, Alan Beuris, Angela Freese, Trish Gibson, Hannah Hamilton, John Hathaway, Megan King, Amanda Milstead, Ashley Nease, Joshua Powers, Wrightly Reed, Lauren Roberts, Andrew Scott and Cassie Williams. For information about the ETSU Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, call 423-439-TKTS (8587) or visit www.etsu.edu/cas/arts/ or www.Facebook.com/ETSU.MBMSOTA.