Exhibition: October 30, 2017 – January 5, 2017
Lecture: November 9, 6:30 p.m. in BAS State Farm Room
Reception following in The Baldwin Photographic Gallery
When you step into The Baldwin Photographic Gallery for the exhibit AMERICAN HEROES: PORTRAITS OF SERVICE, try not to feel emotional, proud, and grateful as you walk up to the photograph on the front wall of James Tobin, leaning forward towards skies of the past and the future, carrying a WWII canvas back pack monogrammed simply with the letters U.S. Stare into the larger than life eyes of Richard Dunne, a veteran of the Korean War, a close up portrait of his face presented over 3 feet tall, and try to imagine the experience of the young man behind those eyes over 50 years ago.
Thomas Sanders began photographing WWII veterans over 10 years ago, first as a photography student in 2006. Two years later, he was commissioned by Belmont Village Senior Living to create images of its resident veterans, predominantly from World War II, for permanent exhibitions at its communities across the country. This project continues today with new portraits of resident servicemen and women.
Sanders’ photographs are bold, honest, and insightful. They are respectful of his subjects’ wartime experience and their current place in life. Through the alchemy of lighting, posture, and a nuanced use of artifacts, they magically capture both the vulnerability of age and the valor of youth in wartime.
Baldwin Photographic Gallery is proud to join Thomas Sanders and Belmont Village in the recognition of all veterans, past and present, with this exhibition at Middle Tennessee State University, on display through January 5, 2018.
The exhibit is free and open to the public 8:30-4:30 pm, Monday – Friday, when classes are in session. Additionally, Faculty and Curator led tours are available to individuals or groups by appointment. Contact Curator Jackie Kerns Heigle for information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Thomas Sanders please visit www.tomsandersphoto.com
For more information regarding the American Heroes Project and Belmont Village, please visit http://www.belmontvillage.com/life-at-belmont-village/american-heroes/