(Contributed photo from http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/exhibits/travelingexhibits.asp)
The exhibit opened Dec. 10.
Charles Elliott Gill spent the early decades of the 20th century documenting the world around him with his 1906 Seroco extended view camera.
Gill was one of a new generation of amateur photographers who was able to move out of the studio and into the landscape thanks to the advent of portable cameras and manufactured glass plate negatives.
He utilized the freedom brought about by new technology to photograph the places, people and events that he encountered both on his travels across the continent and near his home in Dent County.
A farmer by trade, Gill never received formal training as a photographer. Nonetheless, his images reveal he was influenced by the fine art photographers of his era and that he possessed a keen eye for detail, a flair for classical composition and a wry sense of humor.
"Ozark Light" features more than 100 photographs from the Missouri State Archives' extensive collection of work by this self-taught master of black and white photography. To view the entire collection, visit the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative website at www.MissouriDigitalHeritage.com .
The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Library hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 11 p.m.
For more information regarding the exhibit or tours, contact Jae Steinkuhler at firstname.lastname@example.org.