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Local photographer, Daniel Jones, photographed 40 people on the streets of Hopewell in November with his mobile “studio”. Now, all 40 photographs from the Hopewell Portrait Project will be on display at Guncotton Coffee & Gallery starting January 2nd. Come and see the faces of Hopewell. Exhibition runs from January 2nd to January 31st.

About the project:

Local photographer, Daniel Jones, is creating an exciting public art project in Downtown Hopewell. Calling it the Hopewell Portrait Project, Jones is going to set up a mobile photo studio Downtown by the Appomattox Regional Library and photograph anyone willing to participate. A selection of prints will then be made and put on display in various windows of buildings in Downtown Hopewell.  

 A secondary portion of the project involves students of art teacher David Bartlett from the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School (ARGS) in Petersburg. Several students, two from Hopewell and one from Petersburg, will be the subject of large-scale sepia portraits at locations throughout Downtown. These portraits will be printed large scale, 4’x6’ and displayed in Downtown Hopewell.  

 The Hopewell Portrait Project is another in a series of initiatives to bring art to the public. The project promotes cultural equity with its inclusiveness. By photographing anyone interested and displaying the photographs publicly, Jones hopes it will encourage more people to visit Downtown and see people of Hopewell they may not normally see in that space. The project is also an opportunity to document residents of the City that may not otherwise be photographed in this way, giving them a place in Hopewell’s history. After the public exhibition ends, the collection will be donated to the Appomattox Regional Library. The project promotes cultural equity with its inclusiveness. Photographing anyone interested and displaying the photographs publicly will encourage more people to visit Downtown and see people of Hopewell they may not normally see in that space. The project is also an opportunity to document residents of the City that may not otherwise be photographed in this way, giving them a place in Hopewell’s history. Afterward, the collection would be donated to the Appomattox Regional Library. This project was funded through a generous grant from CultureWorks Richmond and with the support of the The Hopewell Downtown Partnership.