Photographs Tell the Story

Photographs Tell the Story of Kansas City

(Kansas City, MO – February 4, 2015)  An exhibition in downtown Kansas City features historical photography of the area.  The show, titled, Photographs Tell the Story, Selections from the Wilborn Archives, opens in The Box Gallery on Friday, February 6 and runs through April 17, 2015.

The exhibition includes over sixty photographs and an antique camera from the archives of local photographer Chris Wilborn.  The show, curated by Bruce Bettinger, will include large panoramas and local iconic sights including a group portrait at Longview Farm and a pre-race scene on the short-lived wood track of the Kansas City Speedway.

Wilborn’s archives include original negatives dating back to the early 1900’s.  The negatives are from Wilborn & Associates, Tyner and Murphy (their parent company), and Anderson Photography (purchased in 1987).  This show represents a small sampling of the photographs in his immense collection.  It is likely the largest private collection of Kansas City commercial photography in the world, with over 100,000 negatives and prints spanning the past 100 years.

John Hans of Dolphin Archival Printing, located in the Haw Contemporary Gallery, printed the photos from scans of original negatives and contact prints.  This is the second KC history show Bruce Bettinger has curated for The Box Gallery.

An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, February 6th from 11:30–1:00pm. Chris Wilborn will sell and sign his book, Saturday Matinee in Olde KC.

The Box Gallery is located in the Commerce Bank Building at 1000 Walnut Street, Suite 221, Kansas City, MO 64106.  Hours are Monday-Friday from 8am to 8pm.  Admission is free and open to the public.