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Photographer's historical images on display

Jul. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The work of Levi Holley Stone, blue collar worker, casual photographer and almost undiscovered artist from Huntington, is on display at the Huntington Museum of Art.

The exhibition, titled "The Herald-Dispatch Presents: Looking Back: Huntington Through the Lens of Levi Holley Stone," features 80 photographs by Stone from years between 1910 and the 1940s.

They were discovered in a box of negatives at the Chesapeake Flea Market in 2011 by local filmmaker John Witek.

The negatives had been purchased by the seller at an estate sale following Stone's death in 1981, and Witek said he recognized the photos as something special almost immediately.

"I realized they were not just historical in nature," said Witek. "They were works of art, and I thought, 'What better place than the museum should they be?'"

With the help of The Herald-Dispatch photographer Sholten Singer, the negatives were scanned or digitally photographed and printed by staff at the museum.

Local historian James Casto and Witek worked to identify as many places and people in the photographs as possible.

The exhibit is on display until Sunday, Aug. 18.

For more information, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701.

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