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Hidden Treasures: Photographers and the Lowell Thomas Papers at Marist Art Gallery

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Famed newsman and broadcaster Lowell Thomas worked through movie newsreels, radio and television, books, and the lecture circuit, but most of his worldwide travels were captured in photographs, which make up one of the most accessible and timeless elements of the Lowell Thomas Papers at Marist College.

A new exhibition, "Hidden Treasures: Photographers and the Lowell Thomas Papers," includes more than 100 photographs – from Italy, Tibet, and North Africa, among many other locales – that reveal will go on display in the Art Gallery in the Steel Plant Studios. The exhibit features the work of Lowell Thomas and his son, Lowell Jr.; Frank R. Roberson, a prolific traveler and lecturer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and Harry Chase, a pioneering photographer, who famously shot Thomas with T.E. Lawrence.

"In addition to the valuable history of these exciting images, many of them show how concerned these photographers were with pictorial values," says Ed Smith, professor of art and director of the Marist College Art Gallery. "They are not only documents but distinctive works that can stand on their own artistic merits."

The exhibit is free and open to the public. It runs through March 2. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

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