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July 30, 2003
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Last week to see photo backdrops at the Kennedy Museum of Art
ATHENS, Ohio -- Bring the kids, bring a camera or just yourself, but don't miss this last opportunity to take your own portraits in one of the spectacular international backdrops on view at the Kennedy Museum of Art in the acclaimed exhibition From the Background to the Foreground: The Photo Backdrop and Cultural Expression!
There are only a few more days left (last day is Sunday, August 3) to see this fun and fascinating interactive exhibition and take your own portraits in one of the 20 international and historic backdrops at the Museum! No camera? No problem! The Museum will even supply the camera and for $2 per Polaroid photo, you can be in the picture too!
Stop by and see a new wall of Athens portraits, taken during the exhibition. A favorite has been the "moon prop" backdrop, where you can pose and take a circa 1910style photographic trip to the moon! Other backdrops include vividly colored Central American scenes complete with airplanes, fast cars and angels; pastoral scenes from China; and mosques and highly adorned interiors from India: and landscapes and city scenes from Sierra Leone, to name just a few.
The exhibition also includes hundreds of 19th- and 20th-century photographs, contemporary and folk art, and interactive installations.
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Editors: Images are available for download at:
- Beaumont Newhall, Photographer's stand, Chichicastenango, Guatemala,1965
- Alfred Ko, Street Photo Studio, Tibet, 1994
- Portrait with bicycle and pavilion backdrop, Beijing GuangmingBackdrop Studio, Beijing, China, 1985
- Ann Parker, Family group with angel, Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala,1973
- Kenneth Willis, by Any Means Necessary portrait of artist and backdrop painter James Whitfield, 1992
- Eight portraits with moon props, 1910
- Studio backdrop, unknown, China, 1993