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Photography Exhibit Opens at Gore Art Galleries

September 11, 2013

Mississippians with a passion for fabulous photography are invited to Mississippi College’s Gore Art Galleries for a thought-provoking exhibition in September.

Featuring some of Mississippi’s finest award-winning photojournalists, the event begins with a reception for the photographers from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday September 12.

It will be followed on Friday September 13 with a brown bag luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The photographers will talk about their adventures shooting the pictures and discuss their careers.

Featuring 40 photographs, the exhibition on the Clinton campus, the reception and brown bag lunch are all open to the public. The events are free.

“The show is terrific,” said Randy Jolly, the Gore Galleries director. “There is a varied selection of photos, sports, human interest and current events. There is a mix of dynamic black and white and strong powerful color images,” he said. “I can’t imagine anyone leaving the show without being touched by these images.”

The five Mississippi photographers selected, Jolly said, “have captured the human feelings of happiness, wonder, excitement and despair.”

One of the photos in the exhibit captures the mood of a man, his fiancée and friend who can do nothing but helplessly watch as the couple’s home is burned to the ground in 2005. Another photo depicts the unusual residence of the Rev. H.D. Dennis that he shares with his wife. The structure is really an ever-changing piece of folk art in Vicksburg. Both were shot by former “Clarion-Ledger” photographer Barbara Gauntt.

“Photo journalists freeze moments of history in time, capturing them with a combination of talent and skill,” Gauntt said.

The new exhibit at MC's Gore Galleries, the New Jersey native said, “is a wonderful example of the vast diversity of subject and environments in which they work, often under extreme deadline pressures and less than optimal circumstances. The adrenaline rush is worth every moment!”

The photographers comprising the Photo “J” Exhibition at Mississippi College include other talented staffers who worked at the CL in Jackson. They are: Dianne Barrett, Michael Barrett, Melanie Thortis and Chris Todd.

The show will remain at the galleries on the Clinton campus at 199 Monroe Street through September 27. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Parking is provided behind the First Baptist Church Clinton Activities Building.

For more information, contact Randy Jolly at 601.925.3880 or rjolly@mc.edu.

Photo: Work by photographer Barbara Gauntt, part of the new exhibition of Mississippi photographers at the Gore Galleries at Mississippi College.

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