Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Exhibit: David Patashinsky Muncie, Indiana Photograph Collection

When driving down Centennial Avenue have you noticed the little truck in the weeds off the side of the road? Have you seen the hole in the wall beside the “Squeeze Me” sign on a building on Granville Avenue? Noticed the flute player at the Minnetrista Farmer’s Market?

In 2010, Professor James Connolly, Director of the Center for Middletown Studies, commissioned photographer David Patashinsky to capture photographs on the changing character of Muncie, Indiana for their “Documenting Deindustrialization Initiative.” According to Dr. Connolly, “David has an excellent eye for detail and composition and the photographs in the collection capture these changes in the physical qualities of the city in provocative ways.”

The resulting project, David Patashinsky’s Photographs of Muncie, Indiana, depict the architecture of Muncie historic homes, the Ball State campus and individual buildings, factories and businesses, architectural design and details, people, and events. The full collection is available in the Digital Media Repository.

Patashinsky, who was born in Moscow, and attended art school in Russia, has resided in the U.S. for the last 12 years, six of which have been spent in Muncie. Concerning the project, Patashinsky says, “Muncie is an interesting town to photograph. It has a rich and unusual history I am trying to show.” His interests include film and digital photography, and darkroom printing. His cameras of choice are Leica and Zeiss Ikon.

For more information on the exhibit, contact Lajmar Anderson, Archives and Special Collections Supervisor, LDAnderson@bsu.edu, or Bethany Fiechter, Archivist for Manuscript and Digital Collections, BCFiechter@bsu.edu.

Images top to bottom: P028-042 Rusted Sanitary car, P028-037 Minnetrista Cultural Center rose garden gazebo.

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