Joseph Kohl Retrospective

Maryland Historical Society presents: “Unscripted Moments: The Life and Photography of Joseph Kohl”


Unscripted Moments: The Life and Photography of Joseph Kohl at the Maryland Historical Society, November 9, 2017

The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is proud to announce the opening of “Unscripted Moments: The Life and Photography of Joseph Kohl”, an exhibition celebrating one of Baltimore’s most distinctive and forward-looking photographers.

“Unscripted Moments: The Life and Photography of Joseph Kohl”, showcases Baltimore in the 1980s and 1990s through the extraordinary eye of local photographer Joseph Kohl (1957-2002). Saved from the landfill and sent to MdHS by exhibit curator Linda Day Clark and her husband, the late photographer Carl Clark, the photos in Unscripted Moments provide a invaluable and evocative record of the city drawn from Kohl’s professional work and personal snapshots, including many images never before published or exhibited. Subjects range from political protests, sidewalk scenes, and animal curiosities to the nighttime world of sex workers, BDSM play, and the underground music scene. Kohl’s warmly rendered portraits of friends, models, and strangers are a highlight of the show. Like a time capsule from the end of the last century, Unscripted Moments offers a whirlwind panorama of city life during the Schaefer, Schmoke, and O’Malley years. What emerges is a vision of Baltimore that’s open-hearted and raw, cosmopolitan and compassionate — and a portrait of a photographer who exposed his love for the city and all its variety in every shot.

An opening party will be held on Thursday, November 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. at the Maryland Historical Society’s France Hall. Music will be provided by local DJ Landis Expandis. Beer will be served by Waverly Brewing Company, with themed light fare and a signature cocktail for the evening prepared by Chef Shirlé Hale-Koslowski of Four Corners Cuisine and Baby’s On Fire cafe. Tickets are free for MdHS members and $20 for nonmembers.

A satellite exhibition will also appear at The Windup Space (12 North Avenue) throughout the month of November, featuring photos not on display at the MdHS main exhibit. MdHS will host a night of photography, music, and drinks to accompany the exhibition on Thursday, November 17 beginning at 7 P.M. at The Windup Space. The event will feature light refreshments and a cash bar. Admission is free.

The curators of Unscripted Moments include Linda Day Clark, nationally-exhibited photographer and Professor of Fine of Arts at Coppin State University; J.M. Giordano, photo editor at Baltimore City Paper and award-winning photojournalist; Josh Sisk, award-winning professional arts and culture photographer; and Joe Tropea, filmmaker and Curator of Films &  Photographs at MdHS.


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