"A revealing detail poking out from the mummy's wrapping can make a more compelling photograph than the shot of the entire mummy," explained Walker. "The camera and lighting reveal textures in fabric and materials that might otherwise go unnoticed in an exhibition display case. A close up of a hand-written label, from the late 1800's, is as interesting as the shot of a valuable sculpture."
Library Director Betsy Kennedy is thrilled with Walker's photographs.
"To view our artifacts in this way, in this detail, is exciting. We were so pleased to have a photographer of Richard's caliber documenting our collection. His photographs are incredibly artistic as well as informational," she said.
After the exhibition, Walker's photographs will be used as teaching tools for school groups and featured in the gallery's digital information center. According to Kennedy, more than 900 students from Cazenovia and Central New York visit the library's museum each year.
Walker's exhibition is part of a larger initiative to enhance the library's museum, furthering its mission of education. Funding for the Egyptian gallery renovations -- including new lighting and displays, additional artifacts and a touch-screen digital information center -- was provided by Central New York Community Foundation, the Constable Fund, and the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library. Cazenovia Public Library's museum educators, Pat Hill and Julia Shotzberger, are coordinating the project with help from The Exhibition Alliance, of Hamilton, New York and Jonathan Holstein and Tim Scanlon, of Cazenovia. Look for more details at midyork/cazenovia.org. The public is invited to attend the gallery's grand re-opening celebration on Saturday, May 2.
"I'm very pleased to have had the experience of handling, photographing, and hopefully shedding new light on Cazenovia's Egyptian collection," said Walker. "The immediacy of digital photography has made these discoveries even more exciting and accessible."
Walker will discuss his work and the exhibition on Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the library. His talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library. For more information on photographer Richard Walker, visit richardwalkerphoto.com.
The Gallery at Cazenovia Public Library, 100 Albany Street, Cazenovia, is open during regular library hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.