PINE BLUFF, Ark. – You Lookin’ Good, and Goin, Goin,’ Gone were words spoken by Rogerline Johnson, Sr. as he took portraits in his studio, at schools, juke joints, churches, baseball games, alongside family farms and baptisms in Arkansas Delta lakes. Rogerline Johnson. Sr., a talented self-taught photographer from Helena, gave up a successful public school teaching career and opened a photography studio in order to capture the life and times of the Arkansas Delta—the land he knew and loved. His legacy is a photographic archive containing some 25,000 black and white negatives taken from 1952 and 1971 that provides a comprehensive view of life in the Arkansas Delta. Seventy of these images will be featured in a traveling photography exhibition at the Leedell Moorehead-Graham Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center from January 1-March 31. The exhibition is presented by the E. C. Morris Foundation, Inc., Johnson Studio in Helena-West Helena and in cooperation with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Art.
The exhibition is supported in part by funds from: The Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, E. C. Morris Foundation, Inc. and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Department of Art.
For more information about the exhibit, call (870) 575-8237.