Photographer’s 50-year career inspires exhibit

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This photograph shows the interior of Santa Iglesia Cathedral, a 13th-century high gothic cathedral in Toledo, Spain. London resident Mike Munden captured the image while on vacation in 2019. It is part of an exhibit featuring work from Munden’s 50 years as a photographer.

(Posted Sept. 9, 2021)

The London Visual Arts Guild will present “Mike Munden: 50 Years W/Camera: A Photographic Retrospective” Sept. 16-Oct. 24 at the London Arts Center, 121 E. First St.

Munden, a London resident, joined the military right out of high school, and that’s where his photography career began. He served as a photographer for the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1976 after which he worked for the Columbus Dispatch for 30 years, covering news, features and sports. Following his time at the Dispatch, Munden freelanced for the Associated Press, focusing on sports and political campaigns. Currently, he shoots sports and events for small colleges around Ohio.

Munden selected more than 40 images to showcase in his retrospective. They include his first published photo, shots from his Army and Dispatch years, nature and travel photos, and more.

“There’s some seriousness, and there’s some levity,” he said of the show’s breadth.

There’s also an interesting transition, chronologically speaking.

“As I was putting the show together, I realized it’s kind of like the ‘Wizard of Oz;’ it starts out black-and-white, then all of a sudden everything is color,” Munden said.

The Arts Guild will host an opening reception for the exhibit from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 18. The public is welcome.

The London Arts Center’s regular hours are: Thursdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Open studio hours are Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m. Admission is free.

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