Black and White in Black and White
Wednesday, April 17, 6:45-7:30pm
Presented by Doug Keister, photographer
Imagine going to an antique store and purchasing a box of old photographs, then spending the next fifty years trying to figure out who the people depicted in the photographs were as well as the photographer who took them.
That is essentially what former Lincoln resident Douglas Keister, who now lives in Chico, California has done.
In 1965, budding photographer Doug Keister acquired a stack of 5x7 black and white glass negatives that his friend Doug Boilesen and his father Axel Boilesen bought at a garage sale near 15th and South Street. Five decades of research has finally revealed that the photographs were taken by African American photographer John Johnson a century ago in Lincoln. The variety of images reveals a vibrant community and more importantly an ennobled and hopeful African American population. The importance of these images has been recognized by the SMITHSONIAN Institution’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture which now has sixty prints from the negatives in its permanent collection.
Keister will be visiting Lincoln on April 17th and giving an informative, entertaining and image packed lecture at 6:45pm at First Plymouth. Interestingly, his family were members of First Plymouth in the 1950s. Additionally, an exhibition featuring Keister’s John Johnson images will run from April 1st to May 26th at the Nebraska History Museum (click here for more information on that exhibit.),
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