Exhibit features the works of architectural photographer F.S. Lincoln

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- An exhibition, “Through Many Lenses: the Photographic Styles of Fay S. Lincoln,” is on display through Jan. 10 in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library. Hours, during fall semester when classes are in session, are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The exhibition features original selections from the extensive photographic portfolio of Fay S. (F.S.) Lincoln (1894 to 1975), one of America’s foremost architectural photographers whose work, during the 1930s and 1940s, documented the influence of the International Style and Art Deco in New York City architecture. Lincoln established an eclectic career as a commercial photographer, merging both technical and artistic styles, and blurring the lines of the photographer as documentarian and artist.

In addition to the inclusion of Lincoln’s signature images of iconic New York City buildings and landmarks, this exhibition focuses on the wide-ranging subjects and interests that shaped his photographic oeuvre. While he secured lucrative contracts from corporations, famous architects, artists and the socially elite, his more private artistic photographic portfolio reveals a passion for architectural diversity beyond New York, international travel, and cultural and social diversity as revealed through the power of the photographic lens.  

Following the closing of his New York business and studio in 1965, Lincoln relocated to his sister’s home in Centre Hall, Pa. Retired from professional photography, he worked on organizing and inventorying his collection of 10,000 original photographic prints and negatives. In 1973, Lincoln donated his collection to the Penn State University Libraries where they are archived within the Historical Collections and Labor Archives unit of the Special Collections Library. Some of the photos from the collection can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pennstatespecial/sets/72157628306372641/.

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Jim Quigel at jpq1@psu.edu or 814-865-1793.

Last Updated September 30, 2013