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Patrick Hinely Photos of Jazz Musicians in Staniar Gallery

Opening Lecture/Reception for "Jazz People, 1974-2007" September 14

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Lexington, Virginia • September 7, 2007

"Jazz People, 1974-2007," an exhibition of photographs by Patrick Hinely will be on view in Staniar Gallery, Wilson Hall, on the campus of Washington and Lee University, through October 10.

Hinely, a 1973 journalism graduate of Washington and Lee University who has held the post of University Photographer since 1980, is internationally recognized for his photographs of jazz musicians. Hinely's photographs of musicians in performance, backstage, and in more mundane moments of travel, sound checks or just waiting have garnered acclaim as candid and spontaneous windows into his subjects' creative lives.

An artist's lecture on Friday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Wilson Hall Concert Hall will be followed by a reception in Staniar Gallery. During the reception there will be live music in the gallery. Musicians Pete Davis, Ron Free, Dan Newhall, Rev. Jeff Mosier and Lee Sauder will hold an improvisation session, illustrating the context of Hinely's work. The public is invited to attend both the opening lecture and reception without charge.

Hinely's photographs have been published in newspapers, magazines and books in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. Almost 200 LPs and CDs include his photographs on their covers or liner notes. Musicians, jazz historians, critics and photographers share an admiration for the intensity and visual vitality of his work. Tad Hershorn, archivist for the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University states, "[Hinely's] work as a jazz photographer since the early 1970s meets every criteria in recording the history of music: it equally qualifies as art and documentary." Ranging over the past thirty-three years, many of the photographs "Jazz People" are included in the Jazz Calendiary 2008, which has just been published by jazzprezzo in Germany. The books will be available for sale at the exhibition's opening reception.

Staniar Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall in Washington and Lee University's Lenfest Center for the Arts. For additional information call 540-458-8861.

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