Photographer Robert Langham focuses on Tylerites in Tyler Museum of Art exhibit

Published on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 17:01 - Written by

Photographer Robert Langham focuses on Tylerites in Tyler Museum of Art exhibit

JON PERRY

Special Contributor

A project more than two years in the making is coming to fruition with the Tyler Museum of Art’s first new exhibition of 2017.

The distinct personalities of more than 50 Tylerites, captured on film, are the focus of “Brickstreet Anthology: Photographs by Robert Langham,” which will be on view Jan. 27 through May 14.

Organized by the museum, “Brickstreet Anthology” is the product of Tyler photographer Langham’s efforts “to train his lens on numerous local personalities who are as varied as they are dynamic,” TMA curator Caleb Bell said.

Using black-and- white film rather than digital imagery, Langham shot business and civic leaders and citizens going about their everyday business.

Caleb said Langham captured “the essence of what it means to be a member of our unique community.”

Langham has been photographing East Texas subjects since 1971, when he took his first photojournalism class at Tyler Junior College. His avid interest in fine art photography led him to an apprenticeship with the legendary Ansel Adams, and eventually, wide acclaim in his own right, while maintaining a successful commercial photography business in Tyler.

He has shared his passion with new generations for more than two decades as a photography professor at his alma mater.

Langham’s photography has been featured in numerous exhibitions and venues. At Tyler Museum of Art in 2014, he served as guest curator of an exhibition of photography by Dr. Scott M. Lieberman, of Tyler.

“Robert has a long and proud association with our museum and we have relied on his ideas and expertise as a fine-art photographer for many years,” Executive Director Chris Leahy said. “It’s no mere coincidence that when we decided to organize a photography exhibition that focused on the vibrant personalities of our local community, he was the one we called.”

Support for the exhibition is provided by Gold Level Collectors’ Circle Sponsor Myrtis D. Smith.

Special events in connection with “Brickstreet Anthology” include First Friday Tours at 11 a.m. on Feb. 3, March 3, April 7 and May 5; and Family Days from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 11, March 11, April 8 and May 13. Admission to special events is free, but reservations are encouraged.

The museum, 1300 S. Mahon Ave., is on the campus of Tyler Junior College. Admission to the exhibit is free. The museum is open to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.