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Library exhibit honors Pulitzer-prize nominated photographer

7/9/2001
July 9, 2001

A resident of Todd County, Ky., the late Peter Wright's photography was seen by thousands of people through Hopkinsville's "The Kentucky New Era" and Clarksville's "The Leaf-Chronicle."

During July 7-Aug. 14, "Peter Wright…A Retrospective," will be displayed in APSU's Woodward Library, thanks to his sister, Dorie Miller, secretary in the library.

Wright was chief photographer for "The Kentucky New Era," from 1995 until his untimely death May 8, 2000. He was a graphic artist and photographer for "The Leaf-Chronicle" after leaving his job as a photographer for the Winchester, Va.,"Star."

The exhibit is a collection of Peter's personal photos and many of the famous photos he took while working at 'The Kentucky New Era,' including one nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1997, titled "Mennonite Girls Fighting Field Fire."

Born Nov. 18, 1946, Wright graduated from Mainland Senior High School and Daytona Beach Community College, both in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was a photographer for Daytona Beach's "News-Journal" during 1972-79, while also teaching photography at the community college.

After joining the Associated Press in 1981, Wright worked as a staff photographer based in Miami for five years and as a news photo editor in Washington, D.C. for six years.

The exhibit can be viewed during the library's summer hours: 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday.