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Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:10

Hugh Morton exhibit to include reception, talk

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art mortonAn exhibit celebrating the work of photographer Hugh Morton will open with a reception and talk March 27 at the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. 


Morton (1921-2006) was a prolific photographer who created an estimated 250,000 negatives and transparencies during his lifetime. A native of Wilmington, Morton learned photography during his childhood days at Camp Yonahnoka near Grandfather Mountain in Avery County. He was only 13 when his first published photograph appeared in a North Carolina tourism advertisement in Time magazine. Morton’s photographs would go on to be published in countless books, magazines, newspapers and calendars throughout his career.

The exhibit, entitled “Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective,” will run through May 23. The opening reception begins at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 27, followed at 7 p.m. by an illustrated lecture titled “Hugh Morton’s Rise to His Photographic Peak,” presented by Stephen Fletcher, photographic archivist for the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Admission to the reception, talk and exhibit is free. 

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