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Eye of the
The Appleton Museum’s new
photography exhibit is an
eye-opening experience.

In a stunning black-and-white portrait on the             Appleton and this is the U.S. debut of the collection.
second-floor of the Appleton Museum, Sophia               It’s been in Europe three times, so this is the big kick-              above: Collector W.M. Hunt
                                                          off. We hope we’ll be in other venues in the States.”                 Top: "Valencia, Spain," (1933);
Loren, eyes closed and neck exposed, tosses her head                                                                                   Henri Cartier-Bresson
away from the camera. In another, a chubby-faced,                The exhibit is, as all good ones are, provocative
newborn Anderson Cooper sleeps soundly. On the            and captivating. The juxtaposition of contemporary and
opposite wall, a young boy, caught in play, dances        vintage, black-and-whites and colors makes for a force-
with his eyes closed in front of a scuffed wall.          ful experience. The works are organized to represent the
      The photographs may be the work of Richard          human life cycle, starting with birth—which is where
Avedon, Diane Arbus and Henri Cartier-Bresson,            the infant newsman comes in—and ending with death.
respectively, but the reason for their temporary          Among the many renowned photographers whose
residence in Ocala is collector W.M. Hunt. His            work is featured are William Klein, Robert Frank and
exhibit “The Unseen Eye: Photography From the             Lee Friedlander. The collector does have a favorite.
Collection of W.M. Hunt” opened last month and                   “This one,” he says eagerly, striding over to a
runs through the new year.                                1972 Irving Penn photograph of two veiled North
      “They are all magical, heart-stopping pictures of   African women. “It’s the best in the collection. I love
people in which you don’t see their eyes,” Hunt says      it. I bought it 30 years ago. When you look at it close                           JAn. 2
during a busy morning at the museum, preparing for the    up in the light, it expands into this constellation of       See For
opening. “Or you just see their eyes and nothing else.”   silver and gray. It’s a platinum print. Irving was a great   Yourself
      Hunt, who brought nearly 200 photographs to         master. He happens to be my favorite photographer.”
                                                                                                                       “Unseen Eye: Photography From
the Appleton for the eclectic exhibit, is a collector            Hunt says his hope is that the exhibit “provokes,
                                                                                                                       the Collection of W.M. Hunt”
and curator from New York City. He also happens to        engages and delights” visitors. It is certainly one
                                                                                                                       Appleton Museum of Art
be the brother of Mary Jane Hunt, a horse breeder in      exhibit the public should see for themselves, with
                                                                                                                       4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala
Reddick, and has visited Ocala many times.                their own two eyes.
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      “Ocala’s great, so pretty, and I’m happy to do                                                         
this show here,” he says. “This is my first show at the                                     —Kristina Kolesa

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