Saturday, February 07, 2009

George Masa: Mapping the Mountains

Last night was the official opening of Mapping the Mountains: The Photographs of George Masa, (site requires registration) at the Asheville Art Museum, but the reception is actually tomorrow, from 2:00-4:00 PM. I'll be in the studio for Wordplay for its first hour, but will certainly head over for the last. Masa, born Masahara Iizuka in Japan in 1881, became one of the great early photographers of the Appalachians. An earlier post mentions Masa and the company he kept.

Photo: George Masa, Chimney Top at Sunset,The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1920, photograph, black and white silver gelatin print, 7.25 x 9.38 inches. Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Nat C. Myers Photography Fund. Asheville Art Museum Collection.

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