I think it is really cool that a handful of West Virginia’s best photographers were willing to go out this past week and shoot some photos for a special New Story exhibition.
It’s the first time we’ve ever done anything like this, and I’m excited to see how it turns out.
At the heart of this excellent new effort is photographer Kristian Thacker, who recently returned to West Virginia and has wasted no time in becoming an active and energetic part of the photo community here.
Since getting involved in the first New Story in 2016, Kristian has been driven by a desire to create new opportunities for photographers in Appalachia to collaborate, share ideas, and create new workshops, screenings and events together.
And from his workshop in the old FBI Professional Building in Fairmont, Kristian has pulled together a terrific group of photographers and is curating for New Story a digital exhibition of new work by a remarkable group.
The New Story exhibition will screen on Friday at about 4:30 and will feature new work by:
And, we are thrilled to welcome to New Story this year photographer Rebecca Drobis, who will screen and discuss her uncommon, striking photographs of a small community of people living on a Native American reservation at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.
Grown Up West: Children of the Blackfeet Reservation in Northwest Montana, the collection of images that Rebecca photographed over the course of 10 years visiting the reservation, is a remarkable and insightful body of work. That Rebecca will be in Morgantown to discuss it with us will be a special occasion for all lovers of powerful documentary photography.
If you haven’t registered for New Story yet, make sure you do so now at newstory17.splashthat.com
It’s free, but the place is fast filling up. Gotta leave some room to swing your arms.