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In Grand Rapids, historic images trace the evolution of photography

Muhammad Ali photo
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GRAM permanent collection
This Gordon Parks photo of Muhammad Ali is a highlight of the 'Mirror Memory' exhibition.

Grand Rapids Art Museum chief curator Ron Platt gives Current State's Peter Whorf a look at historic photos and the evolution of the medium.

Since its early days in the mid-19th century, photography has been crucial to how we see ourselves and the world we live in. The Grand Rapids Art Museum showcases two centuries of photographic landscapes, portraits, novelties, and experimental works in its new exhibit, "Mirror Memory."

"Mirror Memory" refers to the term “the mirror with a memory,” which was coined to describe photography’s ability to capture and keep an image for all time.

Current State's Peter Whorf met with chief curator Ron Platt at the museum to view and discuss a few of the photos.

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