“Visual Anthropology: Welcome to Our Neighborhood”
Little Rock, AR April 13, 2016: The Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Public Library System presents the photography exhibition “Visual Anthropology: Welcome to our Neighborhood” April 15 – May 14, 2016.
The exhibit depicts the diverse “visual anthropology” of 12 specific neighborhoods in Little Rock and North Little Rock. The collection of 55 photographs is the work of 11 members of the Blue Eyed Knocker Photo Club, which is dedicated to exhibiting the work of an experienced group of fine art photographers.
This library exhibition is open to the public and free of charge, 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday and 9am-1pm, Saturdays. The Argenta Branch of the William F. Laman Public Library System is located
The show opens during the Argenta Art Walk, April 15 (the third Friday) from 5-8 p.m. The public is invited to a reception with food and beverages. A “Meet the Photographers” program is planned on Saturday, April 16 from 12n-1pm.
Each photographer chose an area with which he or she had a personal connection in the past or present. The images strive to present fresh visions of the familiar. Featured North Little Rock neighborhoods include Argenta, Rose City, Levy and Park Hill. Little Rock neighborhoods include Downtown, the Quapaw Quarter, Hillcrest, the Heights, Capitol View/Stifft Station, Oak Forest and Southwest.
The photographs feature five basic themes within each neighborhood: Landmarks, Leisure, Life, Rituals and Work.
The project was inspired the work of the New York Photo League (1936–1951) whose notable members included Weegee, Lisette Model and W. Eugene Smith. In their spare time, these accomplished photographers captured thousands of picture-stories and compelling moments from everyday life in New York City neighborhoods. Similarly, Little Rock’s Blue Eyed Knocker Photo Club presents images specific to Little Rock/North Little Rock. The images strive to capture the essence of “local” in each neighborhood.
Photographers include: Ann Bryan, Brandon Markin, Cary Jenkins, Cindy Adams, Darrell Adams, George Chambers, Jamusu, Jeff Smithwick, Kelly Hicks, Rachel Worthen and Rita Henry.
Rita Henry, the group’s coordinator said, “This type of photography requires timing and good technical skills. It can be challenging and highly rewarding.”
Of his photographs of Argenta and Levy, photographer Brandon Markin said, “I hope the photographic vignettes I created provide a glimpse of the unique vibrancy of Argenta and Levy -- and inspire the viewers to explore a bit on their own.”
Jamusu, who documented views from his Oak Forest front porch, explained, “Moments are recorded that punctuate the human drama and clarify existence. Each scene derives poetic meaning within everyday life.”
The Blue Eyed Knocker Photo Club, founded in 2008, is a loose knit group striving to promote creativity in the photographic community. The club’s name was inspired by the rusty 19th Century door knocker on the entrance of the club’s first darkroom.