Kimmel Center photo exhibit showcases Harvey Finkle

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

by Samantha Byles

Celebrated and long-time Notebook photographer Harvey Finkle will be a featured speaker during a photo exhibition at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Friday at 6 p.m.

The exhibit called “Under the Glass: An Exhibition of Images from the Kimmel Center Education Center Program” is an official launch party for the Merck Arts Education Gallery, located at Broad and Spruce Streets. The show will include 20 of Finkle’s photographs from various collections that showcase different political, social, and cultural aspects of Philadelphia.

Finkle, who has been photographing education activism and social justice for over four decades throughout the world, will speak with guests at the reception. Students of the Kimmel Center Creative Music Program will also perform at the event, which is free and open to the public.

Julia Lopez, director of education at the Kimmel Center, and Homer Jackson, a curator at Merck, contacted Finkle about participating in the exhibition because they were familiar with his work. Finkle said that he is excited to be a part of the official opening.

“I see the gallery as being something valuable to others in Philadelphia; as the beginning of something that is solely about Philadelphia arts,” he said.

“I wanted to be a part of it.”