Photo Archives exhibits 25 Years of UofL Photography



    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Starting Oct. 6, the University of Louisville Photographic Archives will exhibit photos that university staff photographer Tom Fougerousse has taken over the last 25 years. More than 40 of his favorite images will be shown with detailed captions of how they were made.

    Perhaps no one has shaped the university’s visual image over the last quarter-century more than Fougerousse. As the official university photographer, he’s shot nearly every conceivable angle of campus life – staff, faculty, students, buildings, grounds, events – for nearly every piece of communication the university produces.

    “We are fortunate to have such a gifted photographer to chronicle the history of our university. Tom’s images are a delight today, but will also provide future generations with a wonderful sense of who we were and what we did. This exhibit celebrates that work,” said Carrie Daniels, director of Archives and Special Collections.

    Of particular interest are his portraits, like his award-winning picture of Louisville sculptor Edward Hamilton, in which Hamilton sits casually in perfect focus, but his sculpture blurs behind him, as if moving in effervescent light.

    Fougerousse, a self-described commercial photographer from Southern Indiana, has seen lots of changes in his time. When he started at the Health Sciences Campus, there were six staff photographers and they worked on developing film and making slides and presentations, things the digital era wiped away.

    Now, he’s the sole full-time photographer and has enjoyed capturing all the changes the campus has undergone over time.

    “I hope I’ve put the university in a good light,” he said. “I hope I’ve stirred emotion.”

    “Tom Fougerousse: 25 Years of UofL Photography” continues through Dec. 23 at the Photographic Archives Gallery in the lower level of UofL’s Ekstrom Library. The opening reception is 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Exhibition hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. For more information, contact Janet Cappiello at 502-852-1104 or

    EDITORS NOTE: A photo of Fine Arts student Charlotte Pollock painting is attached (2012).


    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.