LA Photographer in Town to Capture Dafford Murals
By Ro Morse
PADUCAH, KY - The July 4th weekend is turning out to be the perfect time for professional Louisiana photographer Philip Gould to capture the Dafford murals along Paducah's floodwall. Crowds along the Ohio River not only watched the fireworks, they were taking in the floodwall murals and learning about Paducah's interesting history. Gould photographed them Wednesday and Thursday.
"Your river town is charming. I like what you are doing with the preservation and use of buildings. Lots to photograph. Your city is welcoming and it feels good here," Gould said. "It's no wonder Robert likes to paint in Paducah."
Gould is a documentary and architectural photographer who has been assigned by the University of Louisiana to photograph and write about world-renowned muralist Robert Dafford (also a Lafayette, LA native). Gould is photographing Dafford's work throughout the U.S. He was in Portsmouth, Ohio and Jeffersonville, Indiana before heading to Paducah earlier this week. Vicksburg, Mississippi, Maysville, Kentucky, Covington, Kentucky, Memphis, Tennessee, and Pine Bluff, Arkansas are some of the other cities that boast giant Dafford art.
Later this month Dafford will be in Paducah to restore some of his paintings he originally created about ten years ago. Herb Roe will be arriving at about the same time to restore images he created as part of the Dafford mural project on Paducah's Wall to Wall project. The two have been painting together for over 20 years.
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