Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus, OH



William Parker Little, Columbus Pictorialist, 1850-1937


Nearly 70 years after his photographs were first exhibited at the Museum, the work of William Parker Little returns. In 1931, the year the Museum opened its doors at 480 East Broad Street, the first photography exhibition titled First AIl-Ohio Salon of Pictorial Photographers included two photographs by this Columbus native. Now the exhibition William Parker Little, Columbus Pictorialist, 1850-1937, comprising approximately 100 of Little's photographs, will be on view in the Museum's Ross Photography Center from April 3 - June 6, 1999.

William. Parker Little worked in the soft-focus, atmospheric style known as Pictorialism, popular at the turn of the century. This exhibition illustrates the extent to which Little also experimented with straight photography, producing countless unmanipulated, documentary-style pictures. The exhibition will include Columbus sites such as The Ohio Stadium (very possibly the first autochrome ever made of the new stadium, soon after its construction in the 1920s), as well as many other examples of Columbus and its environs, including Broad Street under construction and Hayden Falls. Left: Visitors Along the Niagra River, c. 1920; Lower right: Children Cooling Off in Front of the Columbus Library, c. 1925

This rare and comprehensive collection was discovered by guest curator Paul Hooge at an auction in Newark, Ohio in 1992. In all, Hooge retrieved 600 vintage prints, 2,500 negatives, 40 autochromes, and a large number of glass slides - a treasure trove whose artistic value nearly went unrecognized. The Museum acknowledges this important and serendipitous discovery by featuring selections from Little's record of life in Columbus during the early part of the 20th century.

Paul Hooge will conduct a curator talk in conjunction with the exhibition on Sunday, April 18 at 1 pm. Walk-in tours will be held Sunday, April 11 at 2 pm; Friday, May 7 at noon; Sunday, May 16 at 2 pm; Friday, May 28 at noon; and Sunday, June 6 at 2 pm. The curator talk and tours are free with Museum admission.

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