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Stivers School for the Arts: Fifth Street Gallery

October 2018

Louis Joyner: 40+, Images of Memphis

October 1, 2018November 2, 2018

More than 40 years after Louis Joyner took to the streets of his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee with a camera and a mission to teach himself photography, Stivers presents an archive of his work. Fresh out of architecture school, Joyner, fueled by the images he saw in Life and National Geographic magazines, aimed his camera on the life teeming in the city around him. His goal was to shoot 100 rolls of film each year, which he captured between the years of 1968 and 1971. During those four years he amassed a poignant group of photographs that show with such clarity and compassion the daily life of his city. The images landed him a job at The Commercial Appeal, but they remained mostly unseen until his recent retirement. This exhibition looks back at these black-and-white images of a city and time, bordering the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War, as a visual time-capsule of life from the 1960s and 1970s.

Student work that investigates street and documentary mediums in photography and video, will also be on view in response to the work of Louis Joyner.

Featured Artists: TBA

  • Louis Joyner, 637 Linden, 1970. Silver Gelatin Print, 9 x 6 inches. Courtesy of the artist

  • Louis Joyner, Montesi's #1, 1970. Silver Gelatin Print, 9 x 7 inches. Courtesy of the artist


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