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Photographing Kentucky Icons: From the Ring to the River

  • Thu, Jun 10, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time

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C. Thomas Hardin photographed many of the Kentucky icons – those people, places and cultures that have been Kentucky treasures. From Muhammad Ali outside the boxing ring, to others who were influencers and important to the state’s everyday life….  A final campaign of a Kentucky politician; an iconic basketball coach from practice to the game.  A sad event in coal country; a first responder just doing his job efficiently and compassionately; and an essay documenting of the life cycle of an important Kentucky resource even before statehood. 

C. Thomas Hardin spent 28 years at The Courier-Journal – more than half as Director of Photography.  Prior to that, he photographed for the daily C-J and Louisville Times as a staff photographer and later for the Courier-Journal’s Sunday Magazine. 

He was the director when the photo staff was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of court-ordered busing in Louisville.  It was the first time a photo staff had been awarded the Pulitzer Prize.  He shared in another Courier-Journal Pulitzer awarded to the entire news operation.  Another Pulitzer was awarded while he was director to a staff photographer and a reporter for localized coverage in Cambodia. 

Hardin graduated from Centre College and began his career at the C-J and LT the next morning as an intern.  He was hired as a staff photographer following his service in the U.S. Army.  

Regularly receiving awards for his photographs, he was named Southern Photographer of the Year.  He was elected president of the National Press Photographers Association and awarded a number of their honors including its highest recognition: The Joseph Sprague Award.  He has been president of the National Press Photographers Foundation for a number of years.  The Foundation awards almost twenty annual scholarships and grants to students and working photojournalists. 

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Thu, Jun 10, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Filson Historical Society
The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately-supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region.