MARQUETTE, Mich.— A new exhibit titled “Mostly Michigan: the photography of D. James Galbraith” will open Monday, Jan. 4, at the Devos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University. There are 55 vintage black-and-white photographs that capture the everyday lives of people in Michigan and Ireland. Galbraith (1930-2002) had an extensive career that began as a U.S. Air Force photographer and continued as a photojournalist for numerous newspapers in lower Michigan. The photographs and oral histories of Jim and Susan Galbraith earned their published book “Hartland: Change in the Heart of America” a Pulitzer Prize nomination for documentary literature in 1985. The majority of the photographs in the exhibition concentrate on Galbraith’s work from the Hartland Project, where the artist documented the daily lives of people in the small town of Hartland, Mich., during the 1970s and ‘80s. Galbraith also traveled extensively. During trips through his native Ireland in 1970, 1978 and 1997, he documented the lives of people across the country. The Ireland photographs were recently acquired by National Photographic Archives in Dublin. Whether in Michigan or Ireland, Galbraith had a unique ability to capture the personalities and spirits of his subjects by showing their daily lives and environments. “Mostly Michigan” is co-curated by Melissa Matuscak, director of the DeVos Art Museum, and Susan Scott Galbraith, the photographer’s wife, archivist and co-author of the Hartland Project. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends.
December 23, 2009