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Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns Visits Local Photo Exhibit

KEN BURNSHOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns was in Holyoke tonight for a photography display and fundraiser for the Holyoke Public Library.

Burns is best known for his work on public television, working on documentaries like “Baseball” and “The Civil War.”

He was a student of photographer Jerome Liebling whose art was on display tonight at Open Square Gallery located at Open Square Way in Holyoke.

Liebling’s exhibit features photos of everyday life in Holyoke and will benefit the library’s fundraising campaign.

Burns told ABC40 he was honored to be there, “Well, besides my mother and father, I don’t know of any human who has had more influence on me than Jerry Liebling. We are all, and there are many people here, who are drawn to how extraordinary his work is, how extraordinary he was as a human being, and I can’t imagine not being here.”

The photos will stay at the Open Square Gallery until April 7 and will then be split between the public library at City Hall and the Wistariahurst Museum through April 27.


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