From the Valentine:
When photographer George S. Cook relocated with his family to Richmond in 1880, he arrived in a city caught between the old and the new: Richmond bustled with post-Civil War construction and economic enterprise even while it held onto the antebellum social and political order.
Acquired by the Valentine Museum in 1954, the Cook Studio’s more than 10,000 negatives and prints visually document Richmond at the turn of the 20th century. Experience imagery taken by George and his son Huestis Cook of this conflicted and changing city.
WHAT:Developing Richmond: Photographs from the Cook Studio, a new Valentine exhibition made up of historic, some never-before-seen images of individuals and landscapes that capture Richmond life in the post-Civil War era.
WHERE: The Valentine, Lower Level Gallery, 1015 East Clay Street
WHEN: Now open!This one-of-a-kind exhibition will be on display in the Valentine’s lower level through November 10, 2019.
Photo credit: African-Americans at Picnic / ca. 1890 / Bon Air, Chesterfield County, Virginia / Cook Collection 1384