Opening Reception Thigpen Photography Collection

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (CT)
Marx Library Auditorium & Rodning Gallery
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University of South Alabama Marx Library

Join us for the opening of the Alec and Roy Thigpen Photography Collection Exhibit at the University of South Alabama Marx Library on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. The celebration begins at 4:00 pm in the Marx Library Auditorium with “Thigpen Photography (1947-2021) – From Chemistry to Digital, Airplanes, Technology & Art,” a presentation by Alec Thigpen highlighting the developments that defined the Thigpen Photography business that spanned 75 years in Mobile.

An opening reception will follow at 5:30 pm in the Rodning Gallery and will provide an opportunity to meet photographer, Alec Thigpen, and enjoy the exhibit. Refreshments will be served.

About the Collection:  The Thigpen Photography Collection is a large and diverse assortment of original photographic images produced for clients in and around Mobile, Alabama, over seven decades, 1947-2020.  Totaling approximately 1.575 million images, the photographs were produced and archived by Thigpen Photography, Inc., one of the South’s leading commercial photography studios, under the ownership and direction of founder Roy Thigpen and his son, Alec Thigpen. The complete collection was gifted to the Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library in May 2021 by Alec Thigpen and Karen Burton, and the exhibit featuring material from Roy Thigpen’s personal papers and a sample of the studio’s  images will be on display in the McCall Library display cases throughout the months of September and October 2022.   

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