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Student exhibition on display at NJHS

2003-10-16

The New Jersey Historical Society recently installed a portion of the Newark Public Schools’ student exhibition, "A Day in the Life of Newark," in their Dillon Auditorium located on the first floor at 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ. The exhibit will be on display through November 2003. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibition includes 14 photographs from the “WORK” section of the larger exhibition of more than 100 photographs depicting life in Newark. Sponsored by Newark Public Schools, the Department of Teaching and Learning, Offices of Instructional Technology, and Visual and Performing Arts, this project started on March 21, 2003 when students from every Newark Public School went into their communities with digital cameras to document life in Newark.

Determined to capture a sense of Newark’s history, diverse culture, and the natural beauty of its architectural landmarks, the students traveled throughout the city snapping images of people at work, home and play. Among the images featured in the “WORK” section are a Verizon worker, a UPS delivery man, a Star-Ledger newspaperman, masons on scaffolding, and a fireman playing bagpipes.

These images are a perfect complement to the Historical Society’s new exhibition, City on Display: A Newark Photographer and His Clients, 1890s-1940s, which features more than 100 photographs taken by commercial photographer William F. Cone. Cone, one of Newark’s first commercial photographers, captured nearly 75 years of Newark life, ranging from social groups and construction to public meetings and on-the-street scenes of city life. City on Display will be on view through 2004. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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