Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center will host a reception and talk Thursday, March 27, celebrating the opening of the exhibit “Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective.”
The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a 7 p.m. illustrated lecture titled “Hugh Morton’s Rise to His Photographic Peak” presented by Stephen Fletcher, photographic archivist for the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Morton (1921-2006) was a prolific photographer who created an estimated 250,000 negatives and transparencies during his lifetime. A native of Wilmington, N.C., Morton learned photography during his childhood days at Camp Yonahnoka near Grandfather Mountain in Avery County. He was only 13 when his first published photograph appeared in a North Carolina tourism advertisement in Time Magazine. Morton’s photographs would go on to be published in countless books, magazines, newspapers and calendars throughout his career.