An Exhibition in Partnership with Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at the Temple University Libraries September 24, 2016–January 16, 2017
Monday, November 14 at 1:00 p.m. Lecture: A Literary Lens on the Photography of John W. Mosley given by Crystal J. Lucky, PhD, associate professor, Department of English, Villanova University.
John W. Mosley (1907–1969) was one of the premier photojournalists of 20th-century Philadelphia. He chronicled the vitality of the black community and life in the segregated city from the 1930s through the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s.
This is another exciting exhibit worth checking out, this time in Philadelphia. You’ll get to admire the documentary images of John W. Mosley, taken in true street photography style, and see the past in a new light. The address of the Woodmere Art Museum is:
9201 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
I’m reminded of the words of Franco Milanese when he said that if you want to improve your street photography, you should “spend less time sharing your photos on the internet and more time visiting photography exhibitions by recognized authors.” This is an excellent event to help you in that regard. If you make it, don’t just admire the images. Really think about them and as you do, ask yourself, “What can I learn about composition from these frames? What made this image stand the test of time? What made it historic?” With some good observation skills, you’ll find ways you can improve your own street images as you peruse Mr. Mosley’s images.