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Library exhibit showcases historic photography

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Visit the M.P. Baker Library to view historic photos by photojournalist Russell Lee.

Visit the M.P. Baker Library to view historic photos by photojournalist Russell Lee.

Visit the M.P. Baker Library to view historic photos by photojournalist Russell Lee.

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Haunting photographs by Russell Lee of Americans during the Great Depression are part of an exhibit currently on display at the M.P. Baker Library at Panola College. Lee was a documentary photographer and photojournalist who worked for the Farm Security Agency.

Sponsored by the Panola College Foundation, M.P. Baker Library is hosting an exhibition organized by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, and presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Renowned documentary photographer Russell Lee decided to use photography to impact change in the world. He produced stunning images, focusing on topics such as politics, travel, industry and, most touchingly, the human condition.

“Russell Lee Photographs” showcases photographs drawn from the magnificent archive that he donated to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History just prior to his death in 1986. The exhibition offers a rare glimpse at the remarkably accomplished images he produced in 1935 and 1936 when he first took up a camera and goes on to highlight the vast body of important work that Lee produced from 1947 through 1977.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512.440.1991.

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