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Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective @ NCMH

 Photograph by Hugh Morton. © UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries.

Photograph by Hugh Morton. © UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries.

See North Carolina’s history and beauty through the eyes of photographer Hugh MacRae Morton (1921-2006). His captivating images will be featured in the exhibit Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective, opening Saturday, Aug. 13, at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. The exhibition produced by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library presents images taken by prolific photographer Hugh Morton, a Wilmington, N.C., native. Admission is free.

“Morton’s images showcase his love for Tar Heel people, events, landmarks, nature, sports and tourism,” said Museum Director Ken Howard. “We are pleased to highlight the work of this prolific North Carolinian whose career spanned eight decades.”

From breathtaking mountain views to scenes of coastal fishermen folding nets, the exhibit covers aspects of Morton’s various experiences as a photojournalist; as a soldier in the Pacific Theater during World War II; and as owner and operator of Grandfather Mountain tourist attraction in Linville. The exhibit’s 87 images feature dozens of his lesser known or unpublished photographs, as well as some classics.   

Morton’s photographs reflect his passions as an avid conservationist, environmental activist, sports fan and tourism booster in the Tar Heel State. Visitors toPhotographs by Hugh Morton also will discover that he was a prominent businessman and political figure in the state.

To create Photographs by Hugh Morton, Stephen Fletcher, photographic archivist at UNC Library’s North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, selected images from the library’s collection of Morton’s estimated quarter-million negatives and transparencies. Fletcher and his co-workers made high-resolution digital scans from Morton’s original negatives and transparencies, which were made into prints for the exhibit.


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