photography exhibit

New photo exhibit at Philadelphia airport

Marian Anderson by John W. Mosley

The Philadelphia International Airport has a fine new exhibit up featuring work by Philadelphia photographer John W. Mosley (1907-1969), a self-taught photojournalist who specialized in documenting African-American culture in the city.

According to the exhibit notes, Mosely was a prolific photographer who was known to photograph up to four events every day and whose work was published in numerous African-American newspapers, including the renowned Philadelphia Tribune.

Joe Frazier by John W. Mosley


Today, John W. Mosley’s photographs and negatives, estimated to number about 300,000, are preserved in the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection of Temple University Libraries. In 1984, the collection was donated by historian, author, and bibliophile, Charles L. Blockson, who amassed one of the nation’s largest private collections of manuscripts, rare books, sheet music, letters, prints, drawings and objects related to the history and culture of people of African descent.

John W. Mosley: Photographs of Philadelphia’s African-American Community, 1930s-1960s, From the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia” is located between Terminals E and F at Philadelphia International Airport and is open to the public through May 2012.

John Mosely, Self-portrait


Tidbits for travelers: Free stuff at Vancouver Airport; fresh art at Tucson Airport

Welcome Poles Vancouver Airport artwork

If you have a choice about when to travel to or through Vancouver International Airport (YVR) this summer, choose a Friday.

YVR is entertaining pretty much anytime, but this summer, the airport is throwing Take Off Friday parties with face painting, DJ’s, and free treats and samples from airport shops such as Daniel Le Chocolate Belge and the Absolute Spa.  You can also enter a sweepstakes to win weekly prizes such as a tour of the airport or a night at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport, where many of the (very soundproof) rooms have great views of the airfield.

The party takes place each Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. through the end of August in the Departures Level of the Domestic Terminal.

While you’re there, be sure to check out YVR’s free, pre-security observation area and all the great art.


(YVR photos courtesy Vancouver International Airport)

And if you’re at Tucson International Airport (TUS) any time before September 30th, 2010, make your way to the Center Gallery to see Peter Kresan’s photographs.

Kresan specializes in nature, desert landscapes, national parks and monuments, with special attention to geological features. The work on display features Arizona locations, including images of Sonoran desert wildflowers, Mexican poppies and the Sacred Datura flowers at the Grand Canyon.

Tucson Airport photos by Peter Kresan

Chock stone in the Dive of the Buckskin Gulch. Paria Canyon, Northern Arizona.

Tucson Airport Peter Kresan photos

An aerial view of Monument Valley in northeastern Arizona
and on the border with Utah.  Most of Monument Valley is in Arizona and is part of the Navajo Reservation.

Thanks, Peter, for sharing your photos.