Kentucky Captured: Photographs Inspired by the Bluegrass State

Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

Ralph Eugene Meatyard, American, 1925–1972 Untitled, 1970 Gelatin silver print 9 1/2 × 11 1/2 in. (24.1 × 29.1 cm.) Lent by University of Louisville Photographic Archives

Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

Dates: March 12 — July 17, 2016
Location: Temporary Exhibitions Gallery, South Building, South gallery

Curated by: Elizabeth Reilly and Marcy Werner

Kentucky Captured surveys the many ways in which the Bluegrass State has inspired photographers in the twentieth century. This exhibition, selected exclusively from the University of Louisville Photographic Archives, is a travelogue stretching from urban to rural landscapes, backyards to graveyards, and from portraits to street photography. Bringing together Kentucky photographers and those from outside the state, the exhibition illustrates how the essence of Kentucky has influenced the photographer’s eye.

David Graham, American, born 1952 Graveyard, Clermont, KY, 1983 Chromogenic print 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm.) Lent by University of Louisville Photographic Archives

See more online information from the Speed Museum. The museum collection is a notable catalog of artwork from pre-history artifacts to contemporary artwork — including a number of contemporary photos in their collection in their third floor North gallery.

All images shown are copyright of the respective artist or estates.

Originally published at on March 31, 2016.