News Journal photographer’s work featured at Del. Art Museum

An exhibit of photos taken by Fred Comegys opens this weekend at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington.

The photos are representative of Comegys’ work over the past 50 years and feature some high profile Delawareans, like a young Joe Biden, and some iconic images from Delaware’s history, like the Wilmington riots.  

The exhibit’s curator, Heather Cambell Coyle, says with such a wide range of work that spans so many years, it was difficult narrowing Comegys’ collection to the number of photos that would fit in the museum’s exhibit space.  “Part of what these photographs will remind people of are what it’s meant to live here for 50 years,” she says.  “There’s an image of a roller coaster ride at Lenape Park.  I had no idea that something like that had existed there because it stopped existing in the early ’70s when I was very young.”

The exhibit will be open through May 1.  Cambell Coyle says while news photography hasn’t always been considered art, Comegys’ photos certainly fit the bill.  “Fred has a great eye for composition, for the elements of a picture, for how to make it a little bit interesting.”

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