Betty Lawrence (ACG ‘15) curated Once Upon a Time, an exhibition of photographs by Bessie McLamb featuring "ordinary" people in South Philadelphia from the 1940s to the 1970s at Slought Foundation running through December 30. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, November 17 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm, with a talk by curator Betty Ann D. Lawrence at 6:00pm.
McLamb's photographs document the life and vitality of Philadelphia from the 1940s to the 1970s. They were taken at "The Indian Curiosity Store," a photography studio and herb shop at 1624 South Street which she ran with her husband Hy John. At the time, South Street was a vital commercial corridor full of barbers and hairdressers, shoe stores and shoemakers, and tailors and dress shops. There were also butcher shops, bakers, and bars, after hour speakeasies, and the Royal Theater. McLamb's portraits provide a personal and intimate experience of the many people who frequented South Street and its diverse social life during these years.
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