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Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
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“Shot in Alabama” Gallery Tour and Lecture to take place at the Central Library Jan. 7

Birmingham, Ala.-If you like looking at historic photographs, make plans to be at the Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s Central branch to view the “Shot in Alabama: Historical Birmingham Photographs” exhibit. The exhibit is open to the public through Feb. 4, 2018, in the First Floor Gallery, 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham.

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.

On Sunday, January 7, Robb will give a gallery tour of the exhibit at 2:30 p.m., followed by a lecture at 3 p.m. in the Arrington Auditorium, located on the fourth floor of the Linn-Henley Research Building.  “Shot in Alabama” highlights the Birmingham photographs in Robb's book, many of which come from BPL’s Archives Department. Students from the Altamont School in Birmingham designed the exhibit and wrote the content for the 30 photograph labels.

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 listing 1,400 photographers by name, working dates, and location.

A Birmingham native now living in Huntsville, 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. “Shot in Alabama” is available for $60 in the BPL Friends Bookstore, located on the first floor of the Central Library. Proceeds from sales benefit BPL. 

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