An Orange County Portrait: The Smart Studio Collection

An Orange County Portrait
EXTENDED: "An Orange County Portrait: The Smart Studio Collection" will run from October 7, 2013 through January 6, 2014 in the Salz-Pollak Atrium Gallery.

About the Curator

Stephanie George, the Archivist in Cal State Fullerton's Center for Oral and Public History, has curated multiple exhibits in Orange County, including the multiple award-winning Sowing Dreams, Cultivating Lives in 2007. Stephanie is the current president of the California Council for the Promotion of History, and serves on the board of the Orange County Historical Society.

About the Exhibit

This photography exhibition features seventy-five late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century rediscovered historical images from the Smart Studio Collection, depicting the work of photographers Benjamin F. Conaway, Lou Hickox, and Mary Smart.

These historical prints portray and interpret Orange County's pioneers and its common folk, business and agriculture, social and leisure time, the changing landscape, and the history of Southern California's vernacular architecture, which portrays a fascinating cross-section of American life as experienced by this Southern California community in the early twentieth-century. The collection includes images of various notables, such as aviation pioneer Glenn Martin, Orange County's first judge, J.W. Towner, and President Benjamin Harrison during a visit to Santa Ana, among many others. Moreover, it pays tribute to these key photographers whose landscape and portraiture work captured and documented the transformation of Orange County and its people for more than eighty years.

The selected images on display are part of 200 of 275 glass plates, film negatives, and prints purchased in 1967 by the Patrons of the Library, and were digitized with grant money awarded through the California LHDRP (Local History Digital Resources Project) in 2012.

Exhibit Photos

A sampling of the historic photos on exhibit.

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