Changing Exhibits

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Changing gallery features temporary exhibits. Opening Nov. 3:


Jan Young, Photographing Tempe in the 1970s

 Jan Young Opening flyer

Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s

Exhibit runs from November 3, 2017 through March 24, 2018

 Tempe newspaper photographer Jan Young spent the 1970s taking photographs for the Tempe Daily News. In 2001 she donated 7500 of her negatives to the permanent collection of the Tempe History Museum. These images are the basis for the exhibit Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s at Tempe History Museum. Because she was photographing the daily events of Tempe for the local newspaper, her images capture the look, feel, and values of the community during that decade.

 Jan Young was a quirky local character, who is remembered for always wearing a trench coat and driving a Volkswagen Beetle. At a time when most newspaper photographers would use an entire roll of film to photograph a subject, she earned the nickname “One Shot Jan” for her habit of taking a single photograph of a scene. She took pictures of Tempe during a time when the city was experiencing tremendous growth. Tempe’s population increased by almost 45,000 people during the 1970s, more than any other decade in the city’s history.

 Visitors to the exhibit will see many examples of Jan Young’s photographs from the 1970s, as well as displayed artifacts from her life and a work.


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