The Springfield Armory, Historic Photograph Exhibit
June 4 - July 7
A new exhibit showcasing historic and rarely seen photographs from the archives at Springfield Armory National Historic Site will be on view through the fall of 2019 in the museum’s temporary exhibit gallery. Art in the Everyday: A Photographer’s Perspective at Springfield Armory.
The museum collection at Springfield Armory NHS holds thousands of photographs that feature the people, experiments, and factory work at Springfield Armory from the late 1800s through the 1960s. The staff photographers taking those pictures were well versed in their craft and its limitations. Their expert use of manually adjusted cameras and lenses, glass-plate and film negatives contrasts to today when just about everyone has a camera in their pocket.
The exhibit, which is part of the “Arts at the Armory” slate of programming throughout the summer of 2019, is designed to evoke an art gallery exhibition, prompting visitors to view the Armory in a different way as they look at the framed prints like windows into the past.
The photos range in dates from 1910 through 1965, and show various facets of life at Springfield Armory as seen from the photographer’s perspective. Contrasting images evoke all five senses with slamming forges, peaceful settings on the grounds, hot flying sparks, and oily machines in stunning visual portraits. The exhibit will run through early November.