Local photographer’s Mummers exhibition opens July 12 at Germantown gallery

 A collection of cameras accompanied the assortment of personalities on the 2012 Photo Walk, which was led by Gary Reed in lower Germantown. (Jessie Fox/for NewsWorks)

A collection of cameras accompanied the assortment of personalities on the 2012 Photo Walk, which was led by Gary Reed in lower Germantown. (Jessie Fox/for NewsWorks)

Local photographer Gary Reed’s solo exhibition, which runs from July 12 to Aug. 2 at Germantown’s iMPeRFeCT Gallery, will showcase a unique Mummers Parade flair.

Reed’s photographs capture the “New Years Associations” in good, bad and unusual moments, he told NewsWorks of the “Jan First” exhibit.

“I’ve been watching the Mummers evolve in incredible ways over the years,” he said, “and I try to capture some of their magic in my photographs.

“The annual Mummers march is a real folk parade. It is something that the local authorities originally didn’t like when it started 100 years ago, but which a local community refused to let die.”

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In the summer of 2012, Reed launched a local Photo Walk event, in which participants roam a preselected area and capture whatever catches their interest on film. It has grown in interest and attendance in the time since.

With iMPeRFeCT’s ongoing support, the most recent Walk, sponsored by the Germantown Artists Roundtable, was held last month. Upcoming events can be found on Reed’s website.

Starting with the July 12 opening reception, Reed’s Mummers imagery will be on display at the gallery, located at 5601 Greene St., near Maplewood Mall, in Germantown.

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