Photo exhibition shines a light on the people, places that are Birmingham as city celebrates 150 years


New exhibition of public-submitted photos shines a light on many of the faces and places that Birmingham is like as the city nears 150e birthday.

Mayor Randall Woodfin invited people to submit photographic images of the city as part of the ‘Birmingham View Photo Challenge’ – one of the many activities that are part of the city’s 150th anniversary celebration. The winning photos are exhibited at Birmingham Museum of Art.

Applicants were invited to submit up to two photos, choosing from four categories: events in Birmingham; urban landscapes and landscapes; monuments of Birmingham; and people.

“As a son of this city, I have always considered Birmingham to be a magical and beautiful place,” said Woodfin. “From our hidden gems to the areas you see on a daily walk through the Magic City, there are so many treasures that make us proud to call this place our home. This is why I appreciate all the participation in the Birmingham Photo Challenge so much. They capture all the people and places that define us – the heart of our city. ”

A panel of expert judges selected the winners. The works will be exhibited until January 9, 2022. Some competitors won two entries.

The judges included Celestia Cookie Morgan, a concept-based photographer and sculptor; Carolyn Sherer, fine art photographer; Darius Hill, chair of the visual arts department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts; and Laura Kate Whitney of the Birmingham Business Alliance.

“The selections truly represented the breadth and richness of life in the Magic City,” said Graham Boettcher, director of the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Alabama NewsCenter presents an ongoing series marking the 150th anniversary of the city of Birmingham.

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The Photo Challenge is one of the many artistic and cultural initiatives that take place as part of the 150e birthday. Another is a letter-writing campaign highlighting people’s love for the city. Seneca Wilson, a local poet, was among those who took on the challenge, putting her love for Birmingham into a poem and video. A copy of Wilson’s poem “The Magic City” is on display in the museum. See the poem and the video here.

The city’s official birthday is December 19, 1871 – the day the Alabama Legislature voted to confirm Birmingham as a municipality. Learn about the ongoing activities celebrating the city’s 150th anniversarye birthday here.


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