Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s

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November 3, 2017 - March 25, 2018

Exhibit Overview

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 were 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.

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


Video featured in the exhibit


Exhibit Highlights

JY - Exhibit Title Panel 2a (Jay Mark)
Entrance to exhibit

photo: Jay Mark



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Jan Young's Rolleiflex camera and other memorabilia


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A section of the exhibit in the museum's changing
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JY - Post (IMG_3271)
A section of the exhibit in the museum's changing 
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JY - Hayden Vignette (IMG_3280)
A section of the exhibit in the museum's changing 
gallery

Click the image below to view a curated collection of some of Jan Young's photographs on our eMuseum website!
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