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Louisville Yelpers Find Past and Present In First-Ever Vintage Photo Scavenger Hunt



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Yelp is all about connecting people with local businesses, and in this case, it connected the Yelp community with businesses from Louisville’s past. Groups of smartphone- and camera-wielding people descended upon downtown Louisville over the weekend as part of the first-ever Picture Louisville Vintage Photo Scavenger Hunt, a joint project of Yelp Louisville and University of Louisville Photographic Archives. Each group received a dossier with 10 historic photos from the archives, and the groups raced to frame the past pics in their present-day locations.

The Photographic Archives includes roughly two million photos and hundreds of photography collections including national documentary projects, local history photographs and an excellent museum collection of fine prints. Use of its reading room and exhibitions gallery is free and open to the public. The Photographic Archives gallery hosts changing exhibitions of prints from the collections and from contemporary American photographers.

Check out the reviews and Yelper photos, as well as the photos shot by UofL’s Tom Fougerousse. And to see the photos submitted as part of the scavenger hunt, look under the #PicLou hashtag on Instagram.

Thanks to the UofL Photographic Archives as well as Metro Councilman Tom Owen, also a UofL archivist, for addressing the group before hunt began. Thanks also go to the sponsors that gave toward the gift bags and morning reception:

21c Museum Hotels • Actors Theatre of Louisville • Cressman Center for Visual Arts • Evan Williams Bourbon Experience • Heine Brothers’ Coffee • Kentucky Science Center • Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau • Louisville Visitors Center • Louisville Water Company/Louisville pure tap • Mercury Ballroom • Louisville Palace • Spudz Chips • Thorntons • UofL Athletics • Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium • UofL Theatre Arts Department

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