Photography exhibit currently on display at Raleigh museum

August 12, 2018 by  

Raleigh photography fans will no doubt take an interest in The Cameron Village Underground Photography Exhibit.

The Cameron Village Underground was Raleigh’s live music hub from the 1970s to the mid-1980s. This was before photography went digital and when photographers had to carry cameras on their person. One photographer who frequented the Camron Village was Chris Seward with News & Observer.

Before working for N&O, Seward had worked as the head music photographer for a free weekly newspaper called the Spectator. He never discriminated who he shot pictures of and helped get a lot of novices noticed that way. Some of those included PKM, Iggy Pop, Mike Cross, Doc Watson, Joe Ely, and the Fabulous Knobs. Much of Seward’s work is now part of the Museum display.

What makes Seward’s work notable is that many of the photographs are in black and white. Color photography was prominent by the 1970s, but many professionals were still working in monochrome even then.

The exhibit is scheduled to be on display daily at the City of Raleigh Museum from July 26 to December 31. The museum is open from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, and admission is free of charge.

Photography exhibits like this often inspire viewers to try their hand at capturing images themselves, perhaps with a view towards poster printing at a later date.

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