History Club tonight features Wayne Hinshaw

Published 11:38 am Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Rowan History Club program for tonight will feature photojournalist Wayne Hinshaw. The program is titled “Saving History: One Shot at a Time.”

The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Messinger Room in the Rowan Museum located at 202 N. Main St.

Hinshaw grew up in Randleman in the 1950s and early 1960s, graduating from Randleman High School in 1964. He attended Catawba College and graduated in 1968 with a BA degree in political science, with course studies in sociology, psychology, economics and political science.

While at Catawba he worked as the college yearbook photographer. Learning the craft of photography was mostly self taught by trial and error, reading magazines and books on the subject and getting the advice from any professional photographer who would take the time to answer his many questions.

Being in college in the 1960s was a tremendous learning experience in itself with the civil rights movement taking place, the Vietnam War, Dr. Martin Luther King’s work and assassination, and the fast changing world. All of the  events happening in the world around him fueled his desire to capture them on film as a photojournalist.

He began his career using black and white film processed in a darkroom making chemical prints. Then, there was a movement to color transparencies and color film until digital cameras came into use.

Hinshaw received numerous photography awards from the N.C. Press Association and the N.C. Press Photographers Association, has served as NCPPA president two terms and president of the Southern Short Course in News Photography board. He was honored as the Carolinas Press Photographer of the Year for the two Carolinas.

Because of his skills he has judged the press entries from Mississippi and Georgia in their state press photo contests. He also holds the honor of speaking at the Southern Short Course in News Photography and to the photos classes at Chowan College and UNC-Chapel Hill.

Hinshaw’s photos have been displayed at Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Horizons Unlimited, Pfeiffer University, and the Center for Faith & Arts in Salisbury. He was a longtime photographer at the Salisbury Post and continues to freelance for the paper.