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December 1, 2021

10/15/2021 1:12:00 PM
Rockwell Anderson "Celebrates 3 Centuries of Photography"

By Kasi Greenwood
Wes Anderson has had the pleasure of being a photographer and business owner of Rockwell Anderson Studio, alongside his wife Melissa, who just so happens to be the great granddaughter of local photographer Albert S Rockwell.
Rockwell Anderson Studios will be celebrating three centuries of photography, with a photo gallery exhibition, to be held at Spring Green's historic Round Barn.
"The exhibit will feature photos taken by Albert S. Rockwell/Rockwell's Studio (1896-1945)," Anderson said." The exhibit will be including soldiers of the Spanish American War (1898), the 50th Anniversary of the Battle at Devil's Den (Gettysburg, 1863), the Richland County Fair (1907 & 1908), and other local citizens and people of interest. One photo exhibit of interest will be Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin from 1911, as well as the 1914 crime scene.
For those unfamiliar with the crime in question, seven people were murdered at Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's estate, on Aug. 15, 1914. The killer, identified by two of the victims as African American chef Julian Carlton, used gasoline and fire to panic the residents, and the house was destroyed as victims died from blows from a shingling hatchet.
"Not only do we have the 1914 crime scene photos, our exhibit also includes the only picture of the murder weapon taken," Anderson said.
Also at the exhibit will be side by side captures of the Richland County Fair.
"It will feature photos of the county fair not just by Albert, but also his great grand-daughter," Anderson said. "It was interesting to see the differences in times but taken at the same locations."
"Reflecting back at my photo history, the best part of all has been the time spent with my more talented wife sharing the passion for photography," Anderson added.
The exhibition takes place October 15 and 16 from 6-10 p.m.

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