A LENS ON LOUISVILLE

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A Derby assignment in 1983 sent me to the 25th annual celebration of Lois and Dr. Ralph Morris, whose festive party arrangements included two front-yard ponies to greet their 300 guests. This one arrived, of course, by cab.

That’s me in 1984 after receiving nine stitches in my right eyebrow. While on assignment covering the Louisville Thunder indoor soccer club, the ball on an off-target goal attempt slammed directly into my camera lens. My Nikon was all right. (Photograph by Ralph Homan.)

Colorful Marilyn Sexton dipped her twin sister Cheri Collis White while dancing at the 2004 Speed Ball.



The last match that Muhammad Ali boxed was an exhibition fund-raiser at the Commonwealth Convention Center in 1980. Those mighty hands were at ease with a microphone.




The late Mary Bingham was recognized for her contributions to Louisville’s arts in this 1990 portrait of her made in the garden of her Glenview estate.

The Fixx Salon hosted an American Cancer Society fund-raiser during 2005’s first Bardstown Road neighborhood street party. The tattooed, pierced and painted Joey Banis offered an alternative look during the hair show.








The sorely missed Sugar Doe Cafe created deliciously simple meals for its customers during its short life on Story Avenue in the late ’90s. Server Lizzie Gulick exemplified its bohemian atmosphere.









Guitar wunderkind and co-founder of NRBQ Steve Ferguson was laid-back during a 1992 interview across from his Crescent Hill home.

Grace Harris guffawed at her haul at Cox’s Catfish Haven, where I met her for "Candid Cameos," a 1984 story I wrote and photographed showcasing a handful of intriguing local individuals.



The fashionable Dotti Cherry took an interior design question by phone beneath a scandalous portrait (Alfred H. Maurer’s circa 1904 oil painting Jeanne) in a sitting room of her lavish Cherokee Park home in 1992.

In his dressing room at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, maestro Lawrence Leighton Smith rehearsed before conducting the Louisville Orchestra through a crisp performance of William Bolcom’s Symphony No. 1 in 1992.




During her early ’90s stint as a stand-up comedienne, a glitzy Dawne Gee posed before a mural of Arsenio Hall in what is now Mid-City Mall’s Comedy Caravan.

Revered peace and social justice advocate Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s Missionaries of Charity blessed the crowd at Bellarmine College as she was chauffeured away from a 1982 speaking appearance at Knights Hall.











Co-founding Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker reflected on his Kentucky roots in the Old Louisville basement apartment he called home during 2001.
When Theodora Collins flew out west for school in 1983, she looked like a typical East End Louisville teenager: When she returned home for the summer, she projected a whole new lifestyle.

Acclaimed writer Leon Driskell was one of my most inspiring University of Louisville professors during my college years in the early ’70s, so I was thrilled to photograph this humble humanitarian at his home a decade later.

Cursing me all the way, Kentucky Kingdom’s Ed Hart took the challenge in his Italian suit and Gucci shoes and climbed the tracks of the as-yet-unridden Chang for this 1997 sunrise portrait. I straddled the rail with a wide-angle lens to capture the drama of the setting.

Working with models introduced the complex layers of teamwork and sophisticated lighting. This elegant image of Sara Johnson is from Bride 2006.

I was photographing this unidentified woman on Oaks Day 2004 when she asked if I’d like to have a shot of her husband holding her. Like the lady in the lower right, I wasn’t quite prepared for what she meant.










On Exhibit
A retrospective of John Nation’s Louisville Magazine images from the past 30 years is being mounted at the University of Louisville Photo Archives and will be shown Feb. 22-May 11. An opening reception is scheduled
for Feb. 22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The Photo Archives is located in the school’s Ekstrom Library. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., weekdays only. For infor-mation call 852-6752.

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