FLORENCE – Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts will exhibit photographer John Dersham’s most recent collection of Alabama landscape photographs from January 15 - February 19 in the Kennedy-Douglass Annex gallery. The My Alabama exhibit reveals the spectacular beauty found within the state’s rich biodiversity, complex river systems, forests, roads, and streetscapes.
Dersham’s photography career began in 1960 when he took his first pictures with his father’s 1930 Kodak Brownie. From that modest start, his art has continued without pause for 59 years. Meanwhile, Dersham made a career in the photography industry. He served in management at Eastman Kodak and its subsidiaries in multiple states for more than thirty years. His last Kodak job brought him to Alabama where he fell in love with the state’s natural beauty and varied terrain, people and places. His body of work in the tourism industry was recognized by his peers when he received the Alabama Travel Council Award of Excellence at the 2018 Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism. He and his wife, Kyle, live on Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne in northeast Alabama. They have two children and two grandchildren.
John Dersham will also be teaching a two-part workshop Taking Better Pictures: Composition, Lighting and Impact comprising a presentation on Friday evening, February 7 from 6-8:30pm and a hands-on downtown photo shoot on Saturday, February 8 from 7:30am-1pm. The workshop is open to amateur - advanced amateur students. The workshop fee is $40 which includes a signed copy of the recently published My Alabama - John Dersham Photographs a State. To register or for more information about the workshop, call 256-760-6379.
The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is free and open to the public Monday - Friday from 9am-4pm. The Art Center is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St. in Florence and can be reached at 256-760-6379 for more information.