New York State Museum exhibits historic images from Burns archives

ALBANY, NY.- Shadow and Substance: African American Images from The Burns Archive — opens at the New York State Museum October 15, showcasing rarely-seen photographs from one of the largest private photography collections in the world. Open through March 31, 2012 in the Photography Gallery, the exhibition allows the viewer to perceive how African-Americans were seen by others and how they wished to be seen. These images do not tell a complete story of the past, but their eloquent shadows provide unique glimpses into the lives of African-Americans over the past 160 years. The 113 images in Shadow and Substance include portraits, snapshots and photographs of celebration, tragedy and quiet joy, work and family, strength and perseverance. From early images of slaves and Civil War soldiers to new voters and political activists, the exhibition is filled with illustrations of achievement and shocking evidence