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Joe Schwartz photography exhibit documents virtues of diversity

Joe SchwartzFebruary 27, 2012 — Kennedy Library announces an exhibit of Joe Schwartz’s photography. The images are on display in Special Collections and University Archives on the fourth floor.

Honored at Cal Poly Colloquium

The twenty prints were exhibited at the Cal Poly colloquium “Celebrating Diversity” at the Performing Arts Center on February 6, 2012. The colloquium included a presentation honoring Schwartz, a local 98-year-old folk photographer, for his lifetime of work documenting the virtues of diversity.

“Schwartz’s photographs help us to see ourselves in each other,” said University Librarian Anna Gold. “We are proud to be able to share these images with the San Luis Obispo community through the generosity of Joe Schwartz and his family.”

Folk photography

Joe Schwartz, born in 1913 in Brooklyn, is the author of Folk Photography: Poems I’ve Never Written (2000). His photographs documenting the have-nots of the U.S. between 1930 and 1980 will be part of a permanent exhibit at the new Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African History and Culture.

The exhibit is open through June 29, 2012. Special Collections is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Call 805-523-2305 or email ude.yloplacnull@sevihcra.