The Muhammad Ali photo exhibition at the School of Journalism & Broadcasting had its opening reception on Monday, March 11. The publisher of Picture: Muhammad Ali photo book Warren Winter gave opening reception remarks thanking Courier Journal photographer Pat McDonogh, the books editor, for realizing the importance of the collection they uncovered in their archives. Courier Journal photojournalists C. Thomas Hardin, Keith Williams, Bill Luster and Sam Upshaw Jr. joined McDonogh for a roundtable to discuss the experiences around covering Ali during his 4-decade career as a boxer and humanitarian.
The exhibition is open Sunday, 1:00 – 9:00, Monday – Wednesday 9:00 – 9:00 and Thursday – Friday 9:00 – 5:00 thru May 3. The book can be purchased by visiting here.
From left, Courier Journal photojournalists Pat McDonogh, Bill Luster, C. Thomas Hardin, Sam Upshaw Jr. and Keith Williams talk about their experiences photographing The Champ during his 40-year career. | Photos by Jonathan Adams
More than 60 prints make-up the exhibition of rare, never before published images.
Photojournalist Keith Williams, left, talks with colleague C. Thomas Hardin about images in the exhibition they took more than 40 years ago.
Students and members of the community study images in the exhibition.
Students explore a near life-size reproduction of what is believed to be the first photograph of a 12-year-old Cassius Clay as a boxer.
From left, Courier Journal photojournalists Pat McDonogh, Bill Luster, C. Thomas Hardin, Sam Upshaw Jr. and Keith Williams talk about their experiences photographing The Champ during his 40-year career.
Photojournalist Keith Williams, lower left, and C. Thomas Hardin sign copies of Picture: Muhammad Ali after the roundtable lecture while photojournalist Sam Upshaw Jr., right, talks with a WKU student.
Images and short-form narratives from the 2017 Mountain Workshops will be on display at the Morehead Conference Center, 111 E First St, Morehead, KY 40351 September 9 – 14. The Center is open 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. each day.
Morehead, a small town nestled in the shadow of Kentucky’s Appalachian foothills, became the host in October of 2017 to Western Kentucky University’s Mountain Workshops. More than 90 journalism students and young professionals from around the world spent five days expanding their skills under the watchful eyes of experienced teachers and renowned experts in visual storytelling. All the while they were creating intimate documentaries about the people and places of Rowan County.
The region revealed itself to be a surprising mix of minds and cultures, nature and industry, but above all a friendly place where neighbor helps neighbor. The headlines here often revolve around Morehead State University and its nationally recognized Division I men’s basketball team. The university takes great pride in its $15.6 million Ronald G. Eaglin Space Science Center. The future is happening at Morehead State. But most folks here love their history, and they have plenty of it. The area is nearly as old as the United States itself. The first settlers came here from Virginia in 1783, after the end of the American Revolutionary War. In 1854, Morehead became the third community settled in the county and named after James T. Morehead, governor of Kentucky from 1834 to 1836. Mayor Trent said folks here pride themselves on their hospitality, and visitors have been known to find the town so welcoming that they decide to make Morehead their home. “Morehead is really a melting pot for this area,” he said. “From the international students and staff at the hospital to our homegrown population, it all works together. It’s really a testament to the high quality of people we have here.”
The exhibition is made possible by Canon, USA and Western Kentucky University School of Journalism and Broadcasting.
For more information contact Jamie Breeze, Director of the Morehead Conference Center, 606-780-9694 or Miranda Pederson, Mountain Workshops logistics coordinator, 270-745-4206
Civil War enthusiasts, people interested in American History and photographers who want to explore the beginning of photojournalism will want to mark their calendars for later this month when an exhibit opens at Western Kentucky University featuring 3D images in a multimedia environment as well as reproduction photographs from the Civil War era.
The gallery show opens Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:00 pm with a special sneak-peak and keynote presentation from Potter College Dean David Lee. The Wednesday presentation will be a WKU “swipe-able” event. This special event is free and open to the public.
The show will feature a collection of over 60 Civil War images looking at the portfolios of several well-known and some more obscure photographers as well as a re-creation of Matthew Brady’s 1862 New York City gallery called “The Dead of Antietam” documenting the Battle of Antietam. The Sept. 17, 1862, battle at Sharpsburg, Md., is known as the bloodiest single day in American military history.
The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs from Jan. 24 to March 29, excluding the week of March 11, in the university’s Mass Media and Technology Hall atrium and gallery between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. It is sponsored by Potter College, the School of Journalism and Broadcasting and the WKU History Department.