About the Exhibit

A Race Against Time: Saving Atlanta’s Photographic History is an exhibit featuring photographs and negatives from Georgia State University’s Special Collections and Archives. Consisting of images from six photographic collecting areas: Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers, Tracy W. O’Neal, Ernest G. Welch, Tom Coffin, David Lennox, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archives. These visual treasures document daily life in Atlanta and the region during the twentieth century.

This exhibit explores several different types of photography, from commercial to photojournalism, and the challenges of preserving a variety of photographic prints, negatives and born-digital materials of ever-changing technological formats. Over time, these unique images deteriorate, endangering our ability to provide access to the unique information about the many facets of public and private life as well as the built environment and natural world that only a photograph can provide.

The physical exhibit is housed at Georgia State University’s Library Special Collections and Archives department from September 23, 2018 – July 1, 2019.

Information about visiting the library is available on the Library’s Visit the Library page.


This exhibit was created by Hilary Morrish, Archival Associate, and Michelle Asci, Photographic Technical Assistant, with the Special Collections and Archives department at the University Library.

Thanks to William Hardesty, Assistant Department Head, and Spencer Roberts, Digital Scholarship Librarian, for their assistance with the creation of the exhibit. 

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