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WKNO Gallery Ten Ninety-One presents Portraits in Soul – Rare Images from the API Archive.

In 1946 William Carrier formed Allied Photographic Illustrators and rounded out the staff by hiring Bill Kingdon and Joe Cianciola.  Stax founder Jim Stewart and Carrier shared not only an interest in music, but similar ideas about the artist’s photographic portrayal for publicity purposes, so API was commissioned to photograph its artists for promotional purposes and album covers.

From 1961 to 1967, Carrier, Kingdon, and Cianciola dressed, posed, and captured the essence of the artists on location and in the studio. Stax sent API’s promotional work to newspapers, radio stations, and concert promoters, and used several images to create iconic album covers for Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, and Johnnie Taylor.

After servicing many homegrown and international commercial photography clients throughout the 1970s, Carrier passed the company along to his son, William Carrier, III. The younger Carrier expanded API to form APIcine, a film/video company that works closely with the motion picture industry.

Now the family history of photographic excellence continues in this three-generational effort. William Carrier Sr. was the photographer, Bill Carrier, the son, resurrected the collection, and Morgan Bailey Carrier, the granddaughter, photo shopped the collection.

Visit their website at  http://www.apicine.com/

On exhibit
weekdays February 21 – March 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and
Sunday, March 18, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.


WKNO Digital Media Center
7151 Cherry Farms Road
Cordova, TN


The WKNO Digital Media Center is located at 7151 Cherry Farms Road, off Goodlett Farms Parkway between Whitten and Appling Roads.

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