Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Ave., Rochester, is exhibiting “Diners, Drive-ins and More: Photographs of Americana in Upstate New York” with partner Carl Crumley through July 8, with an opening reception from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on June 15.
Crumley researched and photographed examples of Americana in upstate New York for his exhibit.
“I’ve spent more than a year researching and photographing examples of Americana in upstate New York,” Crumley said. “It was a labor of love, since I enjoy seeing things that remind me of the simpler times of my younger days.”
Crumley found that Americana has varied definitions.
“It can best be described as things that relate to the culture of the USA,” he said. “Many of the things we call Americana are not necessarily unique to the U.S., but are usually associated with it. For example, neon lights are found all over the world, but most often are thought of as American.”
Crumley, 65, moved to Rochester in 2008. He captured, edited and printed dozens of photographs of diners, drive-in and movie theaters, donut shops, ice cream stands and other interesting sights, many of them featuring bright neon lights.
“As I’ve explored Rochester and the surrounding area, I’ve been struck by how many of the old diners, drive-ins and movie theaters have been preserved and continue to serve customers much like the did ‘back in the day,’” Crumley said. “Those outfitted with neon and incandescent lights particularly appeal to me as they make for very colorful and interesting photographs.”
Crumley used advanced photographic techniques that require long exposures and blending of multiple images. He produced a book of his images that includes his historic research, which will be offered for sale during and after the show.
Other photographers at the gallery include Dick Beery in the Neuberger Gallery and guest artists Bonnie Doolan, Julie Oldfield, Gary and Myrna Paige, Anthony Paladino and Jeanne Rosenthal. Rounding out the show are gallery partners and artists-in-residence.
First Friday Gallery Night runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on July 6. The venue is handicapped-accessible. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. Visit for information.