8/8/2008 - 9/20/2008 Solo Exhibit
Kathryn Tucker Windham: Encounters
August 8, 2008 - September 20, 2008
Opening Reception with the Artist: Friday, August 8, 5:30 - 8 pm
Jennifer Hunt Gallery, Birmingham, AL
Jennifer Hunt Gallery is honored to premier the first gallery exhibit of Kathryn Tucker Windham's remarkable photographs. On view from August 8 - September 20, 2008, the gallery will also host a reception and a book signing with Mrs. Windham on Friday, August 8th from 5:30 - 8 pm. The book signing will be from 5:30 - 6:30 only. Please contact the gallery to reserve a book. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
Windham is a master storyteller, award-winning journalist and photographer, renowned author, playwright, and popular public television and radio personality.
The photographs included in the exhibit span eight decades of American history and capture the unique spirit of Windham and the South she calls home. To encounter Windham's photographs is to encounter a vision of life gone by; yet through her remarkable talent, the vision has gained a luminous life of its own.
Windham (b. 1918) grew up in Thomasville, Alabama where she received her first camera in 1930 - a Brownie camera that was given away to a half-million twelve-year-olds by Eastman Kodak to commemorate its fiftieth anniversary. That same year, she began her writing career as movie editor for her cousin's weekly newspaper, The Thomasville Times. She soon discovered that she enjoyed photography almost as much as writing.
Windham graduated from Huntingdon College in 1939 and began her journalistic career with the Alabama Journal, becoming one of the first female reporters to cover the police beat for a major newspaper. Her career would later take her to the Birmingham News and eventually The Selma Times-Journal, where she won several Associated Press awards for her writing and photography.
In 1966, Windham authored her first book, Treasured Alabama Recipes. Her second book followed in 1969, 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey, which she wrote with her former college English teacher. During the 1970's, after leaving newspapering and serving for a time as the coordinator for a federally funded agency for programs for the elderly, Windham continued to write, take photographs and tell stories. In 1974, she made her first of many appearances at the National Storytelling Festival, which garnered her much attention. She later gained national attention when she earned a place on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.
Windham has a lengthy resume peppered with numerous honors and awards received for her storytelling, journalism, photography and books. She is the author of twenty-four books and the one-woman play, My Name is Julia. The Kathryn Tucker Windham Museum was established in 2003 on the Thomasville campus of Alabama Southern College and she is co-founder of the Alabama Tale-Tellin Festival held each October in Selma, Alabama. She is the recipient of honorary doctorates from multiple colleges and universities and, in 2003, she was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor, having been nominated by fellow Alabamian, novelist Harper Lee. Her stories and commentaries can be heard at 7:35 every Friday morning on Alabama Public Radio.
A recent exhibition of Windham's photographs titled, "My Land, My People" was held at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Her work has also been exhibited at the Huntsville and Montgomery Museums of Art.