UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Fairfield Museum focuses on Ruger exhibit and juried photo show

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Fairfield Museum focuses on Ruger exhibit and juried photo show

A passion for photography blossoms from a myriad of motivations: to preserve a moment in time, to stretch the boundaries of the medium, to explore the effects of light and shadow, to capture a mood, to convey an emotion, to communicate a thought, to document an event.
For Fairfield native and professional photographer Charles Ruger, those motivations matter -- as does the desire to "create a link to an earlier time in America's history when there was more of a sense of optimism" -- especially in the late-19th and early-20th centuries when people, such as Rockefeller, Mellon and Carnegie, were creating the modern industrial age and a tradition of American philanthropy. That optimism also was prevalent in the years following World War II, with a burgeoning middle class and a renewal of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Ruger, a former Fairfielder and now a Manhattan resident, is the grandson of one of those vastly successful entrepreneurs: William B. Ruger.
It was the elder Ruger who, along with Alexander McCormick Sturm, founded a gun manufacturing firm in 1949 in a small rented machine shop in Fairfield's Southport section. That firm is now known as Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Ruger, 44, known for his "society" photographs, is being honored with a one-artist show at the Fairfield Museum and History Center Friday, May 4, through July 22.
His solo show is the highlight of Images 2012; the fourth annual photography celebration also features a juried show in which 50 winners (chosen from a pool of about 800 entries) have been selected to exhibit in professional/serious amateur and student divisions.
An exhibit preview fundraiser for the museum, which is operated by the town's Historical Society, is slated for Thursday, May 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets range from $100 to $500 per person. READ MORE: http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/entertainment/article/Fairfield-Museum-focuses-on-Ruger-exhibit-and-3509839.php

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