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More than 80 years of Kentucky history in pictures on display at 
the Kentucky Crafted Market

Showing Kentucky’s history through photographs is the goal of the Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project (KDPP), and work from that initiative will be on exhibit during The Kentucky Crafted Market, March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

Photos in the exhibit document three separate time periods in Kentucky’s history – 1935-43, 1975-77 and a more contemporary project that began in 2015.

This photo of students at a Breathitt County school was taken by Marion Post Wolcott. Wolcott was a photographer with the Farm Security Administration (FSA), an initiative of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. She was among several photographers sent across the country from 1935-43 to document rural American life during the Great Depression. Wolcott, who died in 1990 at age 80, spent more time in Kentucky than any other FSA photographer. Her Kentucky photos, and the work of many other photographers, will be on display at the Kentucky Documentary Photographic Project exhibit at The Kentucky Crafted Market, March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. (From Kentucky Arts Council)

KDPP photographer Ted Wathen said the collection provides an accurate glimpse at life in Kentucky over a period of more than 80 years. Exhibited photos help tell Kentucky’s story from the Great Depression to the beginning of World War II, up through the nation’s bicentennial and into modern time.

“It’s important for Kentuckians to know their visual history, to know what life looked like 80 years ago, 40 years ago, and what it looks like now,” said Wathen, one of the KDPP founders. “As my photography partner Bob Hower says, ‘This is the archaeology of the future.’ We see where we came from and what we were doing, and ultimately where we’re going.”

At least one KDPP team member will be on-site at The Market to answer questions from visitors, but Wathen said they are also interested in learning about the places visitors come from.

“People will be coming to The Market from all over Kentucky, and they’ll have things to say to us about where they’re from and what we should see when we go there. We want that kind of interaction. We need it to tell the visual story. That’s what excites me about the project and the exhibit.”

The Market doors open to the public March 2-4. Hours for The Market are:

• March 2, 5-8 p.m.
• March 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• March 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 purchased online. Seniors, active duty military with identification and state employees with identification will receive a $2 discount at the door. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Tickets for Friday’s hours are $5.

For more information on The Kentucky Crafted Market, visit the arts council website.

From Kentucky Arts Council

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