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New Los Angeles Photo Exhibit Sheds Light On Country Music

by   Jun 1, 2014 23:38 PM EDT

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Icons and historic moments in country music have been captured and put on display in Los Angeles.  

USA Today recently reported on photographer Les Leverett's contribution to a photo exhibit that opened Saturday (May 31) at the Annenberg Space for Photography. 

Leverett says he spent 32 years capturing photos of performers at Grand Ole Opry, a popular venue in Nashville. 

His photos are featured among the 110 plus photos in Country: Portraits of an American Sound. 

The exhibit highlights country icons such as Johnny CashHank WilliamsDolly PartonMerle Haggard and Willie Nelson. It was curated by Shannon Perich of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and Tim Davis and Michael McCall of theCountry Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  

The Annenberg Space for Photography website says the exhibit "uses historical and contemporary photographs to explore how images shape the public identity of country music performers and of the genre itself." 

Country is expected to travel to other cities once the Annenberg run wraps up on Sept. 28.   

The Annenberg exhibit is free to the public. 

Aside from Leverett, the exhibit features photos from Boston-based documentary photographer Henry Horenstein; entertainment photographers Henry DiltzRaeanne RubensteinEthan Russell, David McClister and Michael Wilson; and the late Elmer Williams, Walden S. Fabry and Leigh Wiener

In addition to the prints, the exhibit features an original half-hour documentary. 

There will also be a display of country albums and film posters, a slideshow of digital images, archival artifacts from musical instruments to stage costumes and a jukebox containing rare audio files. 

Check out more about the exhibit here.

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