A project more than two years in the making has come to fruition with the Tyler Museum of Art
s first new exhibition of 2017.
The distinct personalities of more than 50 Tylerites as captured on film are the focus of Brickstreet Anthology: Photographs by Robert Langham, open to the public Friday, Jan. 27 through May 14 at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Admission is free.
Organized by the TMA, Brickstreet Anthology is the product of acclaimed local photographer Robert Langhams extensive research and travel throughout Tyler to train his lens on numerous local personalities who are as varied as they are dynamic, TMA curator Caleb Bell said. Shooting on black-and-white film rather than relying on digital imagery, Langhams subjects range from business and civic leaders to citizens going about their everyday business to capture the essence of what it means to be a member of our unique community.
Tyler native Langham has been photographing East Texas subjects since 1971, when he took his first photojournalism class at TJC. His avid interest in fine art photography led him to an apprenticeship with the legendary Ansel Adams, and eventually, wide acclaim in his own right while maintaining a successful commercial photography business in his hometown. Additionally, he has shared his passion with new generations for more than two decades as a photography professor at his alma mater, TJC. His photography has been featured in numerous exhibitions at venues including The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, and the TMA, where he also served as guest curator for Scott M. Lieberman, M.D.: At the Vantage Point in 2014.
Robert has a long and proud association with our museum, and we have relied on his ideas and expertise as a fine-art photographer for many years, TMA Executive Director Chris Leahy said. Its no mere coincidence that when we decided to organize a photography exhibition that focused on the vibrant personalities of our local community, he was the one we called.