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The Greatest Show on Earth: Florida through the Lens of Joseph Janney Steinmetz

Published October 3, 2012

Friday, November 2, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
R. A. Gray Building, 500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399

The work of world-renowned photographer Joseph Janney Steinmetz will be featured in a First Friday slideshow event at the R.A. Gray Building (500 S. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL) on November 2, 2012, 6 – 8p.m.

Recognized for an ability to capture candid moments of everyday life, Steinmetz’s work has been referred to as “an American social history” that documented diverse scenes of American life, from affluent northeasterners to middle-class Floridians. Steinmetz’s photographs appeared in such publications as The Saturday Evening Post, Life, Look, Time, Holiday, Collier’s and Town and Country. His Florida images in particular document the rapid development of the state and the marketing strategies commonly employed in post-World War II America.
The slideshow will feature over 200 photographs from the Steinmetz Photographic Collection, a recent acquisition of the Florida Photographic Collection at the State Library and Archives of Florida.
Food and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the State Library and Archives of Florida Inc., a Citizen Support Organization for the preservation, promotion, and enrichment of Florida’s public and archival heritage.
The Museum of Florida History will also be open during the slideshow. Featured exhibits include Forever Changed: La Florida, 1513–1821 and the 31st Annual Capital City Quilt Show: Tomorrow’s Quilts Today.
Admission to both events is free and open to the public.
Ringling Circus clown Emmett Kelly, by Joseph Janney Steinmetz