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Museum to host 'Look Again: Discovering Historical Photos'

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The exhibit, "Look Again: Discovering Historical Photos," will be on display at Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City from Friday, June 7 until Saturday, Oct. 5.

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From staff reports

Thursday, May 16, 2019

An exhibit using photography to show how history has changed over time will open at Museum of the Albemarle next month.

“Look Again: Discovering Historical Photos” will go on display Friday, June 7 and continue until Saturday, Oct. 5.

The exhibit, on loan from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, will feature large-scale reprints of photographs starting from the introduction of photography in the mid-1880s to the 1970s.

The photographs in “Look Again” are divided into four thematic sections: Telling Stories, Taking a Closer Look, Remembering Faces, and Capturing Moments. Each section focuses on stories and details associated with each individual photo.

Some of the images will show how fashion, architecture, landscapes, technology and society have changed over time. Other images will be of faces, some well known, others not so well known.

The images will also show how the process of photography itself has changed. Some of the images are reprints of 19th-century daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes. Others are reprints of images first printed from turn-of-the-20th century glass-plate negatives. Many were taken on black-and-white film in the early 1900s while still others were shot with color film starting in the 1950s.

Besides the exhibit, Museum of the Albemarle will host a “History for Lunch” program on Wednesday, Aug. 7, featuring Eric N. Blevins, a photographer at the Museum of History. Blevins will give a talk starting at 12:15 entitled “Look Again 2.0: More Photos (and Some Stories) from the North Carolina Museum of History.” Blevins will be showing some color and black-and-white images that didn’t make it into the “Look Again” exhibit.

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