ETSU Photography Project for the Archives

Students from the photography department at East Tennessee State University will be making a number of photographs in downtown Kingsport throughout the months of July and August for a project sponsored by the Kingsport Public Library and Archives.  The project’s goals are to research and precisely remake dozens of historical photographs found in the archives in an effort to examine the significant changes that have occurred throughout Kingsport in the last few decades.

The subjects of these photographs are largely architectural and commercial, so you may notice cameras being pointed at your place of business in the coming weeks.  In order to faithfully reproduce the original images, students will be using large camera equipment and may require access to specific buildings or streets.  While we will do our best not to disturb any business or citizen, we do ask for your patience and understanding and hope that you will collaborate with us in this effort.  The project is an exciting one for all of us at ETSU and we encourage you to be a part of it in any way that you can.

The new photographs will be exhibited alongside their vintage counterparts at the Renaissance Center in October and we encourage all of you to come by and see the exhibition.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, you may direct them to Joshua Dudley Greer at greerjd@etsu.edu.  Thank you.

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