Photography exhibit celebrates Tampa’s colorful past

January 13, 2014 by  

The exhibition, “Gangsters, Pirates and Cigars: a Photographic History of Tampa, 1879-1955″ is showing at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts until the end of February.

The show helps to highlight the fascinating past of the city of Tampa as well as the then thriving cigar industry. This is the first piece of a two-part illustration of the development of the city.

The museum is also presenting two talks that are relevant to the exhibition. On January 23, Anthony Huse, Digital and Special Collections Librarian, will discuss the history of Tampa and on February 6, Paul Guzzo, an expert on mobsters, is set to talk about the life and times of the notorious Charlie Wall; Guzzo directed the documentary Ghosts of Ybor: Charlie Wall about the crime ridden 1940s in the city.

It is likely that people from all over the area, including nearby Brandon, will want to view these historic photographs. It’s also possible that those who work for printing companies in the area will also be drawn to it as a way to understand the history of photography in Tampa and to possible get inspiration from the photographs on display.

“Gangster, Pirates and Cigars: a Photographic History of Tampa, 1879-1955” will be showing at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts until February 23. Suggested admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students. The museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday. To find out more about the exhibition, contact Natalie Sparkman at 813-221-2222.

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