Student Photographers’ Work Accompanies Smithsonian Exhibit

Woman with camera.

Ten of St. Petersburg College’s talented student photographers will have their work displayed alongside the special Smithsonian exhibit The Way We Worked at the City of Tarpon Springs’ Center for Gulf Coast Folklife Gallery in the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center. The showing starts on Friday, Oct. 6.

The photographers are part of the Photography program at Clearwater Campus, and many are active in a newly formed photography club at the campus.

Photographers’ project: Working in Tampa Bay
A Day's Work by photographer Bonnie Simmons
From the exhibition, “A Day’s Work” Handy Woman, Bonnie Simmons

Professor Eleni Christopoulos-Lekkas directed the students in capturing Working in Tampa Bay. The photos were captured on a combination of film and digital cameras. Students featured a variety occupations from around the Tampa Bay area and have also collected objects associated with the trades as part of the exhibit.

The special opening night reception will feature workers from a variety of fields, who will speak about what they do and how it makes a difference in the lives of Floridians.

A sponge diver is among the workers slated to speak at the reception. Sponge diving has played an important cultural and economic role in Tarpon Springs dating back to the 19th century.

Other associated events that will run throughout October include talks on the working lives of Floridians by historians, and a showing of three documentary films at the Tarpon Springs Library. Learn more about this, and the other great events at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center.

Don’t miss out!

Come to the reception on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Folklife Gallery at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center. The exhibit is FREE and will run through Nov. 17. This is a fantastic opportunity to see a Smithsonian exhibit and support Tampa Bay’s student artists.

Interested in photography? Learn more about the Photographic Technology A.S. Degree at St. Petersburg College.

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