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Spotlight: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Photography

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Spotlight: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Photography

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Photographer Steve Perille is known for capturing everyday scenes of people and places, mostly in Charlotte. Seemingly ordinary moments become extraordinary after passing through the filter of Perille’s lens. Named Southern Photographer of the Year in 1975, Perille worked as a photographer for the Charlotte Observer from 1972 until 1983.

Perille’s images are now available for public viewing in the UNC Charlotte J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Byron Baldwin, a fellow photographer and friend of Perille, recently donated “The Steve Perille Photographic Collection” to the library.

In his curator’s statement for the Light Factory exhibit Steve Perille: Unfiltered, Baldwin noted, “Steve Perille’s photographs are deceptively simple. They are of real people doing real things, and of real places that are seemingly unremarkable. Through his photographs we are drawn to the beauty of ordinary moments.”

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Photo by Steve Perille.