National Photography Month
Photography invites both the photographer and the viewer into another world – one that challenges the imagination and invokes the deepest of memories. Photographs allow one to see the past or capture the present. One can travel to another location just by looking at the photograph. One can feel emotions from the images or see things in a different way from a photograph. One can interpret a picture as the photographer intended or discover something new.
Developed in the early 1800s, by various means, photographers and photographs have since been telling the stories of our communities, land, and people in the new form. What started as fuzzy black and white images that required the subject to remain still for 30 minutes or more, evolved into color photography in the 1940s, allowing the photographer to truly capture the essence of the image. Today the film in use from 1888 is not the norm; digital images are captured by home and professional photographers alike. One can even snap a quick picture with a phone.
Visit the places that make Indiana our unique state through the eyes and photographs of others. Experience the past through the photographs of Post-Tribune and Yank News World War II photographer John Bushemi, who Yank correspondent Merle Miller once commented that Bushemi’s specialty was “photography from a rifle’s length vantage point.” Feel the tension on the steps of Central High School in Little Rock, AR, in 1957, as you view the photographs by Indiana University professor, Will (Ira) Counts. Hoosiers have been capturing this land and its people, as well as making vast contributions to world of photography, since the beginning of this art form.
What do you see when you look in the lens?