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Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s

Exhibit runs through March 24, 2018

 Tempe newspaper photographer Jan Young spent the 1970s taking photographs for the Tempe Daily News. In 2001 she donated 7500 of her negatives to the permanent collection of the Tempe History Museum. These images are the basis for the exhibit Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s at Tempe History Museum. Because she was photographing the daily events of Tempe for the local newspaper, her images capture the look, feel, and values of the community during that decade.

  Jan Young was a quirky local character, who is remembered for always wearing a trench coat and driving a Volkswagen Beetle. At a time when most newspaper photographers would use an entire roll of film to photograph a subject, she earned the nickname “One Shot Jan” for her habit of taking a single photograph of a scene. She took pictures of Tempe during a time when the city was experiencing tremendous growth. Tempe’s population increased by almost 45,000 people during the 1970s, more than any other decade in the city’s history.

  Visitors to the exhibit will see many examples of Jan Young’s photographs from the 1970s, as well as displayed artifacts from her life and work.


 Main Exhibit Gallery

The main exhibition hall, entitled, Tempe: Distinct, Diverse, Dynamic, is the heart of the Tempe History Museum. Here the story of Tempe is told interactively through a variety of media and displays. The exhibition explores the history of Tempe using a thematic approach focusing on four topics: Surviving in the Desert, Building Our Community, Living Together and College Town.

Community Room Gallery

The Community Room hosts temporary art exhibits around its perimeter.

Photos from the Tempe Daily News

For over a century, the Tempe Daily News was Tempe’s hometown newspaper. Founded in 1887, the newspaper focused on the news and events that most affected the people of Tempe. Throughout the decades, front pages spotlighted local news stories, and community columnists were prominently featured. Photographs of local people and events were a critical part of the formula. The photographs featured in this exhibit are from the final period of the Tempe Daily News, and show that the paper was still publishing quality photographs of local people and events.

Exhibit runs through Feb. 4, 2018



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