LR Central crisis photography on display at Ozarks

Release Date: 2/5/2003

Clarksville, Ark. ---The University of the Ozarks' Stephens Art Gallery will present the exhibit, "Central High 1957 and 1997: Photography by Will Counts," during the month of February.

The exhibition, which is part of the Arkansas Arts Center's traveling exhibit program, features original photographs by Counts recording the drama and emotion of the historic desegregation of Little Rock's Central High. The exhibition contains Counts' Pulitzer-nominated black and white works from 1957 and contrasts them to his color photographs from 1997 that record a new spirit at Central High.

Included in the exhibit is the image "Crisis in Little Rock: Target for Intolerance," which was chosen by Encyclopedia Britannica as one of the most memorable photographs from the last 50 years.

Counts, who died in 2001 at the age of 70, is considered one of Arkansas' most famous photojournalists. A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, he worked at the Arkansas Democrat and the Associated Press in Chicago and Indianapolis before spending 32 years teaching photojournalism at Indiana University. He earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.

The exhibit will be on display at the Stephens Gallery throughout the month of February. There is no cost for admission and the public is invited.