An exhibit of photography by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Matthew Lewis is on display in Randolph Community College’s Photography Imaging Center through the end of February for Black History Month. Lewis lectured at the College on Jan. 21. The exhibit is accessible from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Fridays; evening viewing can be arranged by calling 336-633-0325.
The exhibit includes over 30 black-and-white and color images, including a historic photo of Martin Luther King Jr., photos of the 1963 March on Washington, images of President John F. Kennedy’s funeral, the Democratic National Convention in 1968, Super Bowl VII in 1972, and an image of John Lennon that the Washington Post used in coverage of his death in 1980.
The exhibit also includes photos and information about a photography project titled “Migrants” that Lewis pursued while working at Morgan State University in Baltimore. “Migrants” was published in the Washington Post’s Potomac Magazine in 1962.
Lewis began his professional photography career freelancing for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper in the early 1960s and joined the Washington Post in 1965 as a staff photographer. Lewis won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1975 for his series of photographs in color and black and white, a first in the category’s history that color photographs won.
After retiring from the Post in 1990, Lewis moved to Thomasville, N.C., and became a staff photographer for the Thomasville Times.
RCC’s Asheboro Campus is located at 629 Industrial Park Avenue. Take the McDowell Road exit from 220 Bypass and follow the signs. The Photography Imaging Center is located in the southeast corner of the Administration/Education Center.