“Recording History,” an exhibition of the photographs of veteran Washington photographer Dennis Brack, opens May 11 at Washington and Lee University, in the Williams Gallery of Huntley Hall on the W&L campus.
A 1962 graduate of Washington and Lee, Brack has chronicled 10 presidential administrations as well as the major news stories of the last five decades: civil rights, riots, wars, war protests, social issues and trends.
A member of Black Star photo agency, he has shot for the Washington Post and many other publications, including TIME and Newsweek magazines. One of the key features of the W&L exhibit will be a mosaic of his TIME and Newsweek covers.
He has won awards for his photography from the National Newspaper Photographers Association, the White House News Photographers Association and the World Press Association. He has served on the five-member board of the Still Photographers Gallery of the U.S. Senate and belongs to the executive committee of the White House News Photographers Association.
Brack will discuss his photography during an opening reception for the exhibition on Friday, May 11, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Prior to that reception, there will be a panel discussion, “Washington & Lens,” from 3 to 4 p.m. in Reid Hall on the W&L campus. In addition to Brack, panelists will be Scott Ferrell ’87, staff photographer for the National Journal and Congressional Quarterly; Bruce Young ’82, photojournalist with Roanoke's FOX 21/27; and Jennifer Law Young, freelance multimedia specialist. Patrick Hinely ’73, Washington and Lee University photographer, will moderate the panel.
Production of "Recording History" was made possible through the generous support of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, the archive for Brack's photographs. All photographs are from that archive.
The Williams Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery is in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics.