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Lights, Camera, Luthiery

Posted on Nov. 5, 2008 by Shane Epping


Professor Reed stands in the Museum of Art and Archaeology’s European and American Gallery with her portrait of Geoffrey Seitz in the background. Photo by Shane Epping.

Rita Reed, an associate professor of photojournalism and a Missourian who admittedly comes from “hillbilly stock,” gave a 45-minute presentation at the Museum of Art and Archeology today. Titled Work is Art and Art is Work: Storytelling with Digital Photography, Professor Reed’s talk focused on her recent pictures of six contemporary Missouri luthiers - those who craft, repair and restore stringed instruments. Her photo series includes portraits, as well as documentary moments of luthiers at work. Primarily photographed with the use of flash and printed in color, the images illuminate a disappearing craft. “Whether using a film or digital camera, a photographer still has to think about composing a story,” Reed said. The result is music to our eyes.

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