(02/23/2011)
Nearly 100 Years Of Lens Art Documents, Central WVs Sense Of Place

"One Hundred Years of Location Photography in Appalachia" is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday through March 11 in the GSC Fine Arts Gallery. For information about the exhibit, call Sheri Skidmore at 304-462-6340.

By Rick Steelhammer
wvgazette.com

Glenville - A milk cow dines on a tub of grain while a bevy of hens pluck cracked corn from a nearby stretch of yard. Interspersed between the animals, an unidentified Nicholas County family -- a man, wife and four kids in their Sunday best -- face photographer Finley Taylor with expressions ranging from mild curiosity to mild impatience.

This 1920s-era photo, titled "Dinnertime," is one of thousands of portraits taken by Taylor, a professional photographer in Richwood from 1917 to 1949.

When not taking portraits in his Richwood studio, Taylor and his 5-by-7-inch format camera could often be found at one of the dozens of railroad-accessible logging camps that sprang up in the 1920s along the Williams, Cherry and Cranberry rivers.

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