Gee's Bend photography exhibit on display at TROY Dothan Campus

Posted: Monday, 08 March 2010

DOTHAN—An exhibit of photographs chronicling life in the rural community of Gee’s Bend will be on display at Troy University’s Dothan Campus through April 7.

“Looking Back at Gee’s Bend: The Photographs of John Reese” consists of 40 black-and-white photographs taken during the late 1970s and early 80s that depict life in the isolated community in Alabama’s Black Belt region.

The photos are currently on display at the Dothan Campus inside the Gallery Hall on the first floor of the Library/Technology Building. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Isolated by a bend in the Alabama River and difficult roads, Gee’s Bend remained relatively free of modern outside influences for decades. Reese’s photographs capture life in Gee’s Bend in the last years before the community became world famous for its unique quilts, said Dr. Martin Olliff, director of the Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture at the Dothan Campus.

‘This is a very important exhibit because it captures images of a fading way of life,” Olliff said.

The traveling exhibit is part of the Birmingham Public Library Department of Archives and Manuscripts.