Gaslight Gallery Presents Unshuttered

By East City Art Editorial Team on August 29, 2022

Sat, September 10 2022 — Sun, October 30 2022

A man grouts tile in a building on East Patrick Street in 1987. (Photo bWood).
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10 at 6pm

Unshuttered celebrates the contributions of photojournalists to understanding the world around us. Produced and curated by Nancy Luse, a Frederick News Post journalist from “back in the day,” the premiere exhibition will be held at Gaslight Gallery. Says Luse, “Gaslight Gallery is within sight of the former News-Post building, which makes the location choice extra special.” A multi-talented person, Ms. Luse is a journalist, a playwright, an editor and a visual story-teller. Her expertise in photojournalism layout and composition contributes to her Unshuttered vision.

Luse’s presentation of archival images in magazine-style layouts, are presented in very large scale aluminum prints. Luse draws from Frederick News-Post photos from back in the days before digital cameras, cell phones and websites. Unshuttered celebrates photojournalists from the 1970s to the 90s in her unique presentation of black and white images that harken back to a pre-digital world.

Luse describes the times, “During that era of photo-journalism the challenges were many, especially when it came to breaking news. It helped to have a discerning ear that could pick out the calls for fire trucks on the police scanner and ignore the public works department chatter. Sometimes you learned what was happening by getting an alert on your pager and then hunting down a phone to get the details. Once on the scene you had to be mindful to build in time to rush back to the photo lab, process the film and peer through a magnifying loop to edit what you had shot. Then it was handed over to a scowling editor impatiently staring at his watch and yelling about the respect for deadlines.”

“For a small city,” continues Luse, “Frederick nonetheless had the nation’s news routinely come to it, including the Camp David peace summit and a visit from TV weatherman Willard Scott. Spot news—from fires to weather events and police raids and Klan rallies—were a steady diet for Frederick’s newspaper photographers, as were the heartwarming feature shots of kids on the first day of school, cute dogs or young athletes—the kind of pictures clipped from the paper and posted on the refrigerator door. Times have changed. Newspapers have closed or gone strictly online. It must be celebrated,” says Luse, “not only the photos themselves, but the men and women who produced them.”