Last November, students in Professor Chris Smith’s Applied Photography class visited the Schlachter University Archives for a creative assignment.
“Because of the radical changes in the appearance of NKU from 1968 to the present,” Professor Smith “thought a ‘re-photographic study’ of the university would be interesting” for a class project. The study would also help students understand “the process of researching a subject that they were going to photograph.”
The students were instructed to research in the University Archives for old photographs of campus buildings and scenes. Once the student selected a photo, he or she captured the original image and then re-photographed the physical scene in its present state. The result of the project is a captivating exhibit titled NKU Then/Now which displays the re-photographing of forty different areas around the NKU campus.
NKU Then/Now will be on view in the Student Union until March. The students have already generously donated their modern photos to the archives. When the exhibit closes, they will also donate their prints to the archives where they will be preserved and available for future research.