June 1, 2023


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Pictures tribute to city’s 150th anniversary now on view at the Birmingham Museum of Art

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In July, the town of Birmingham released the Birmingham Watch Image Problem— a level of competition contacting for pictures that captured the folks, landmarks and functions of Birmingham as a tribute to the city’s impending 150th anniversary.

Now, the successful photographs from that competition are on watch in a new exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Artwork.

On look at until January 9, 2022, the will work are at the moment on exhibit in the paneled gallery off the 1st ground of the museum’s Bohorfoush hallway.

The obstacle asked participants to submit photos in four distinctive classes: events in Birmingham, cityscapes and landscapes, Birmingham landmarks, and people. The shots experienced to be taken in Birmingham involving 2019 and 2021 with either a mobile phone or specialist digital camera.

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A panel of visible artists and city organization leaders judged the opposition, like great arts photographer Carolyn Sherer, Darius Hill, chair of the Visual Arts Office at the Alabama University of Fantastic Arts, Laura Kate Whitney of the Birmingham Enterprise Alliance, and conceptual-primarily based photographer and sculptor Celestia “Cookie” Morgan. In 2019, the Birmingham Museum of Art hosted “REDLINE,” Morgan’s collection of images and modest sculptures exploring the historical past redlining in Birmingham. 1 of these photos is now part of the museum’s everlasting collection.

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In a push release, organizers from the city of Birmingham explained the opposition judges ended up amazed by the entries and marveled over participants’ “creative choice of topic subject and the composition.”

The judges of the Birmingham Perspective photo competition. (Courtesy, the town of Birmingham)

“The alternatives seriously represented the breadth and richness of daily life in the Magic Town,’’ mentioned Dr. Graham Boettcher, the director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, in the similar push launch.

The picture problem is one of many initiatives Mayor Randall Woodfin declared as part of the city’s 150th anniversary. A letter producing campaign known as “I Adore Birmingham Because…’’ also introduced this 12 months. Poet Seneca Wilson submitted his appreciate letter to the city in a poem and a online video. A duplicate of his poem, “The Magic City,’’ is also highlighted in the Birmingham Museum of Art’s photograph gallery. The poem and video are also on the city’s 150th Anniversary web site.

"The Magic City" by Seneca Wilson

“The Magic Town” by Seneca Wilson is also on screen in the Birmingham Check out picture gallery. (Courtesy: the town of Birmingham)

The letters will be saved at the Birmingham Community Library’s archives office. Individuals may nevertheless post their really like letters about Birmingham to [email protected] with the subject matter line: “I Enjoy Birmingham Mainly because.”

Birmingham formally became a metropolis on Dec. 19, 1871 when the condition legislature voted to affirm it as a metropolis.


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