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February 2014

NC Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, Offers Works by Gene Furr

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, will present Wild and Untamed, Gene Furr’s newest photography exhibition, on view in the Museum’s Nature Art Gallery, from Feb. 7 through Mar. 2, 2014. A reception will be held on Feb. 7, from 6:30-9pm.

A native North Carolinian, Furr studied photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, CA. He worked for the News & Observer for 30 years as staff photographer, chief photographer, photo editor and photo coach. During his career he received over 200 awards including Press Photographer of the Year and Southern Photographer of the Year. In 2008, The Southern Short Course in News Photography presented him with their inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. He also served as president and vice-president of the North Carolina Press association. He was also photo-journalism instructor at UNC Chapel Hill.

Furr became interested in wildlife photography and placed in the North Carolina Wildlife Magazine Photo Contest the last five years and in 2011 won the Grand Prize out of 4,500 entries. In 2012, he placed second out of 7,600 entries for the Defenders of Wildlife Photo Contest. In 1983, he authored IMAGES: The Outer Banks.

Furr says he’s greatly impressed with the unique character of nature, wildlife and their way of life. But at the same time, recognizes the rapid changes taking place that affect the environment. “I feel a strong desire and obligation, as a photographer and native North Carolinian, to record the character of nature and wildlife… I also realize that with the increased commercialism, that landscapes and nature will change and soon be a part of the past.”

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, or call the gallery at 919/707-9854.

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