Behringer-Crawford, FotoFocus partner on the KET documentary on Malcolm Wilson’s photography


Here I am: taking pictures with Malcolm Wilson, a documentary produced by Behringer-Crawford Museum in partnership with FotoFocus, will premiere on Kentucky Education Television (KET) next week.

The video, which highlights the work of Wilson, a renowned Appalachian photographer, will air on KETKY, the network’s Kentucky channel, Monday, July 5 at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday July 7 at noon; and Thursday July 8 at 5 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

According to Jason French, curator of the BCM’s collections, the documentary stems from an exhibition initially planned at the museum last fall in conjunction with the FotoFocus 2020 Biennale.

“Unfortunately, the outbreak forced the cancellation of FotoFocus and our exhibition,” French said. “But we didn’t want to give up the opportunity to share Malcolm’s incredible photographs. So we decided to produce a video that would showcase his work.

French, accompanied by BCM social media specialist and videographer Mary Jane Calderon, followed Wilson to his hometown in eastern Kentucky, following him as he photographed his subjects and discussed his philosophy on his art.

A pioneer in digital photography, Malcolm Wilson documents the life, culture, and indomitable spirit of the people who live, play, work and survive in the rugged mountains of central Kentucky’s Appalachians. His grainy black-and-white photographs, accompanied by conversations with his subjects, tell the stories of the diverse inhabitants of the Appalachians, from coal miners with sooty faces to sunburned farmers to children holding musical instruments.

“I have this stuff,” Wilson says in the video. “I don’t take photographs, I take photographs. I don’t want to take. I want to do and I want to give. What Malcolm Wilson gives is an insider’s perspective on the Appalachians, focusing his lens on people and their everyday lives.

“Photographers are drivers in the eyes of others,” Wilson says. “It is my responsibility as an Appalachian photographer to lead the eyes to the light of truth. “

The Behringer-Crawford Museum is supported in part by our members, the Town of Covington. Kenton County Tax Court, ArtsWave, Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Humanities, Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame, and the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr ..


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