KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News recently featured one of the newest temporary exhibitions at Winona’s Minnesota Marine Art Museum on its broadcast. The Twin Cities’ station visited the museum and talked with curator, Jon Swanson and assistant curator of education and exhibitions, David Casey about this unique and original show put together exclusively for MMAM.
News anchor, Brandi Powell begins the story by saying, “A Minnesota man’s simple hobby of photography has now turned into a complex exhibit for generations to see.” This Minnesota man, WWII veteran, and amateur photographer, David Tewes had a treasure trove of slides hidden away in a relative’s attic since his death in 1991.
Swanson is interviewed in the story, saying, “When (Tewes) died in 1991 they were passed down to a family member, and then after that it was passed down to another family member, and the husband of one of the relatives posted these images online.” Swanson continues, “I was doing some research on some scanning and some slide duplication and happened upon this website and I looked at the content, and I was stunned that no one had really seen these images before, and they definitely had a quality to them.”
Though an amateur, Tewes’ slides were meticulously catalogued, with information written on their backs. Swanson says, “You could see notes on the back of these slides, of his exposure times for example and the distance of the object, so he really worked hard to produce quality images.”
Tewes nickname was Shutterbug, and this moniker became the title of MMAM’s exhibition, Shutterbug: The Mid-Century Photography of David Tewes.
KSTP reports that, “The images are of postwar leisure and optimism from 1944 to 1955, featuring Como Park in St. Paul, some of the lakes in Minneapolis and the headwaters of the Mississippi River.”
“There’s nothing staged in these photos. They’re all very documentary,” Casey said. “So you get to see things like old cars, old clothing, signage, things like that.” Casey goes on to talk about the old photos that you may have gathering dust somewhere, saying, “Take care of your old things, take care of that box of photos that you might pull out of your grandma’s attic — there could be something cool there.”
The exhibition opened in January, and runs through early May.
You can see the whole story here
Minnesota Public Radio has also produced an extended feature about this exhibition. You can read more about MPR’s piece here
Visit the museum’s website at www.mmam.org