George Beard - Mormon Pioneer Artist with a Camera
March 15, 2017 - June 17, 2017
These plates were donated to L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University thirty years after his death. The collection came to the attention of photographic historian Nelson Wadsworth who proclaimed them of excellent artistic value and several were included in the Centennial Mormon Arts festival held at BYU in 1975.
This is the first exclusively curated exhibition of Beard’s finest landscape photographs. The exhibition comprises 32 high quality, digitally remastered prints that were curated by independent consultant Dr. Herman du Toit, and commissioned for this exhibition by Rep. Norman Thurston, great-great nephew of George Beard. The photographic prints were derived from digital scans of George Beard’s original glass plate negatives by courtesy of L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Several of Beard’s landscape paintings are included in the exhibition to demonstrate his use of photographic source material.
Image: George Beard, Jackson Lake at Twilight