Press Release - Detail
Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
personal cell (205)572-1359
For immediate release Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
“Shot in Alabama: Historical Birmingham Photographs,” opens at the Central Library 

Birmingham, Ala. – If you like looking at historic photographs, make plans to make your way to the Birmingham Public Library’s downtown location to  view its new exhibit, "Shot in Alabama: Historical Birmingham Photographs." The exhibit began Dec. 10 and is open to the public through Feb. 4, 2018, in the First Floor Gallery of the Central Library, 2100 Park Place.

The photo display features nearly 30 pictures from the book "Shot in Alabama: A History of Photography, 1839-1941 - And a List of Photographers" by author Frances Osborn Robb, released by the University of Alabama Press in 2016. "Shot in Alabama" is Robb's visual and textual narrative of Alabama's photographic history from 1839 to 1941. 

BPL’s exhibition highlights the Birmingham photographs, many which come from BPL’s Archives Department. Students from Altamont School in Birmingham designed the exhibit and wrote the content for the 30 photograph labels. Robb, author and curator of the exhibit, will give a lecture about “Shot in Alabama” the book at the Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Robb will also lead a gallery tour of the exhibit at 2:30 p.m. prior to her talk. 

Presented chronologically, Robb depicts Civil War photography, portraits of the end of the 19th Century, the Great Depression, pre-World War II illustrated photography, and more. Robb also chronicles the work of hundreds of photographers - black and white, amateur and professional, women and men. The "Shot in Alabama" book also has an appendix including 1,400 photographers by name, working dates, and location.

The “Shot in Alabama” book is available for $60 in the BPL Friends Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Central Library downtown. Proceeds from sales benefit BPL. A Birmingham native, Robb has spent 25 years researching Alabama photography while serving as a consultant on the state's cultural history and historic photography for museums, archives, and libraries.

For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library experience to our community for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 130 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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