Tobacco People: Beyond the Smoke

Oct 8, 2015
Sarah Hazlegrove

Virginia-and-France based photographer Sarah Hazlegrove has a new exhibit opening Saturday, October 10 at Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art. It’s a collection called “Tobacco People".

For many, it may be a very different view of the tobacco world--  as this exhibit culminates a four-year-international journey around the rapidly-disappearing world of tobacco cultivation.

Hazlegrove, whose family owned a tobacco farm in Virginia for 200 years, visited countries where the majority of tobacco is still harvested by hand.

Seeing homelessness with greater clarity is the goal of an exhibit of photographs taken by homeless women and children.  They were given disposable cameras and asked to take pictures through their days. Tab O'Neal went to the exhibit in Lynchburg and spoke with David Neumeyer, Vice President of the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities and Sarah Quarantotto, executive director of Miriam's House, about the women and photographs that tell so many stories.

Zune Lee

It’s been fifty years since a top official at the Labor Department released a report on African-American families, and now – as part of the Look3 Festival  in Charlottesville – a show called Father Figure disputes that report.  Andrea Douglas is Executive Director of the African-American Heritage Center.

Laura Weeks

Speaking with people who spend their days in shelters throughout cities can yield powerful, heartbreaking, and sometimes surprising narratives. One Roanoke photojournalist did just that for a project aimed at depicting those going through a difficult time in a different light. 

"I was never the type to judge a book by its cover. I was always the book that got judged. Everyone is fighting their own battles."

Ben Greenberg

At a time when almost every American carries a cell phone camera, it takes courage to try and publish a book of photographs, but a Virginia man was determined to celebrate the beauty of this state in print.

Ben Greenberg began taking pictures as a new father – 44 years ago -- but was quickly drawn to landscapes in Virginia.

“All the way from the Eastern Shore to the mountains, from Southwest Virginia Highlands all the way to the Potomac.  There’s so much to be seen and to be photographed.”