(MURFREESBORO) The lobby of the Washington Theater at the Patterson Community Center (521 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard) was the site of an opening reception that graced a century of local memorabilia captured by Richard’s artistic talents. C. Shacklett. It was known as the Murfreesboro photo documentary. The exhibition is free and open to the public every day until January 4, 2022.
His son, Bill Shacklett commented. . .
When did it start?
One day in July 1935, Richard Claude Shacklett walked into Leo Ferrell’s photography store and asked if there was anything he could do. Mr. Ferrell, one of the first photographers in our community, offered Shacklett a roll film processing job. Between 1936 and 37, at the age of 16, Shacklett became a local photographer creating and documenting some of Rutherford County’s most memorable images in the 1930s and 1940s.
In 1938 he was an independent businessman operating in the old building of the James K. Polk hotel. Richard (“Dick”) Claude Shacklett, a man of many talents, was known to his legions of friends as a man of all seasons. Notable is the official County of Rutherford seal affixed to every vehicle in County Rutherford, the County of Rutherford Parking Lot and the Judicial Building. His deep love for this county flows into Mr. Shacklett’s original design. His spirit of recording history for future generations will be in the spotlight throughout the month of December.
Over the course of his life and profession, Dick Shacklett has captured thousands of unique images. He was more than a professional photographer, his sensitivity and passion spanned far beyond his brief 73 years into another generation inspiring countless families and friends. It is his zeal for recording and documenting the history of future lives that has long survived him. Undoubtedly during Mr. Shacklett’s lifetime, this generous soul used their mechanical genius to capture the natural world.
His unique ability with his favorite camera, the Speed Graphic, coupled with many hours of patience and courage, created some of the most stunning wildlife images of the 1950s – “Mallards in Flight”, “The Buck “, and of course,” Strike “, a rainbow trout hitting a fly. In 1952, “Strike” received national recognition by winning first place in Lucerne, Switzerland, at the World Photography Exhibition. All these treasures will be presented in the exhibition.
Once again, Richard C. Shacklett’s photos and paintings are on display daily through January 4, 2022 in the Washington Theater Gallery.