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Library Hosts a Reception and Retrospective of Photographer Glenna Hopewell: Subjects include Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman

Redwood City, CA – The Redwood City Public Library is hosting a retrospective of noted local photographer Glenna Hopewell during the month of May at the Downtown Library. Hopewell’s work will be mounted in the cases on the first floor of the library throughout the month of May. The community is also invited to meet the photographer at a special free reception on Sunday, May 7, from 1 - 5 p.m., during which additional works will be featured.

Hopewell’s black and white photographs - featured on album covers for Columbia Records and in fashion layouts for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines - capture New York City of the 50s and 60s. During that time she worked as a freelance photographer shooting fashion, the jazz recording scene, and theater. Her photographic portfolios helped to launch the careers of actor Hal Holbrook and fashion model Sunny Chandler among others.

Ms. Hopewell’s evocative black and white photos were never posed, and done without flash using just the available light. Some of her most evocative photos isolate the subject in the dark highlighting their most important features with a slim beam of light as is the case in the portrait of jazz bassist Paul Worthington under a peanut spot light on stage. Another example is the atmospheric portrait of actor Robert Beneveds. His face shows his concentration as he studies the performance of another actor who is out of the frame while smoke of his cigarette lazily curls in front of him. Other photos capture recording artist Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman in unguarded moments during their recording sessions.

The Redwood City Public Library sponsors many free programs for children, families, and adults and helps our community to “understand the past, prepare for the future, and thrive in the present.” More information about library events and services is available on the library’s web page at, by calling 780-7017, or by picking up a Library events calendar in any Redwood City library.

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Celia LaRiviere
Resource Development Supervisor
(650) 780-7045

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