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Wood On Glass
19th Century Lumbering Photos by William T. Clarke


Saturday, September 26 - Saturday, October 17, 2015

Opening reception Saturday, September 26, 6-8 pm
Gallery talk at 7pm: Michael Wennin, Executive Director of Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania


"Wood on Glass" consists of photographs by itinerant photographer William T. Clarke (1859-1930), a Rochester, NY, native who chronicled the lumber industry and its dramatic impact on north central Pennsylvania during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Clarke's images graphically illustrate the epic transformation of the Commonwealth's forests and ways of life between 1890 and 1917 in the forested northern counties.

Clarke's evocative photography is showcased here in contemporary prints made from his original glass plate negatives, most of which are housed at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

"Wood on Glass" is brought to the Crary by its owner, the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania. The exhibition was co-curated by archivist Linda Ries with photo historians Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell who served as Scholars-in-Residence at the State Archives in 2005 to document Clarke's photography. Since discovering a cache of Clarke's original glass plate negatives in upstate New York, Ostman and Littell – whose work on Clarke has been featured in Smithsonian magazine – have collaborated to draw attention to the photographer's works and are authoring a book to interpret the photographer’s impactful visual legacy

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