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"Unforgettable: Celebrating a Time of Life, Hope and Bravery" A Traveling Exhibit by Cecil Williams

The Richland Main Library (1431 Assembly Street) is hosting a photography exhibit titled Unforgettable: Celebrating a Time of Life, Hope and Bravery, by the legendary artist, Mr. Cecil Williams. This exhibit opens on December 4, 2018 and is on display until February 24, 2019. This exhibit showcases Williams’ newest publication, Unforgettable.

The collection of forty images provides a rare glimpse of events, portraits, and moments of significant social change during the 1950s through the 1970s. The noble subjects and pioneers captured in Williams’ images depict the unforgettable waves of change that impacted the world during that era. This project is made possible with LSTA funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the SC State Library, and through the generosity of Cecil Williams.

Cecil Williams, a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina, is a professional photographer, videographer, publisher, inventor, author of 6 books, and architect of six residences that became his home and photography studio. In May 2006, he published a photo-documentary entitled Out of the Box in Dixie. Unforgettable, the sequel was published in February 2018. Williams received a degree in Art from Claflin University. This year, Mr. Williams was recognized for his outstanding achievement as a recipient to the 2018 Governor’s Award in the Humanities.

By the age of nine, he had already begun his career in photography, having fallen in love with the profession after acquiring a hand-me-down camera from his family. By 15, he was working professionally and as a freelancer for such publications as JET, the Afro-American and the Pittsburgh Courier and as a stringer for The Associated Press.

Over the years, Williams’ photographs have appeared in thousands of publications and featured in galleries around the country. In the 1970s, he founded and published View South News, first as a quarterly magazine and later as a newspaper. Through the small press operation of his business, he has published over 100 books for clients throughout the South.

For more information about this exhibit, please contact Ashley Till, Statewide Services Manager, SC State Library, atill@statelibrary.sc.gov or (803) 734-8026.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
9:00AM - 9:00PM
Richland Library
Main Library