LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The image of Martin Luther King Jr., Marilyn Monroe, and Muhammad Ali when he was still Cassius Clay are on display at the University of Louisville Ekstrom Library as part of an exhibit featuring photographs by Philippe Halsman, Robert Doherty and Lin Caufield.
Monroe, Clay and others make up the new University of Louisville Photographic Archives exhibit, “Famous Faces: Picturing Celebrity in the Photographic Archives.”
Among some 40 subjects are:
Elvis Presley performing in Louisville months before the release of his debut album
Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the 1964 March on Frankfort, Ky.
Helena Modjeska, namesake of Louisville’s original candy, “The Modjeska”
Richard Nixon on the Belle of Louisville steamboat in 1968
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig posing with the Louisville Colonels baseball team in 1928
Duke Ellington signing records at Variety Record shop on South Fourth Street in Louisville in 1948
Besides Halsman and Caufield, photographers include, but are not limited to, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Garry Winogrand, Alexander Gardner, Mary Ellen Mark and Esther Bubley.
The show draws from Photographic Archives’ extensive collection dating back 170 years. It opens June 13 and runs through Sept. 27 in the Photographic Archives Gallery, lower level, Ekstrom Library. Hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free and open to the public.
The Photographic Archives’ holdings of 2 million documentary images and fine art prints provide a resource for scholars, media, authors and filmmakers, as well as inspiration for photographers and other artists.
The “Famous Faces” exhibit opens Thursday at 8 a.m. and runs through Sept. 27.
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