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Call us partial, but we like magazines. So does Barbara Kinney, an award-winning photojournalist whose work has been published on the covers of Time, Newsweek, and People magazines. Kinney, an Evansville native, also was the staff photographer for the White House during the Bill Clinton administration. In one famous photo, she captured Clinton, the then-Israeli prime minister, the Egyptian president, the king of Jordan, and a Palestinian leader simultaneously adjusting their ties just before signing a Middle East peace accord.

Kinney’s work — no matter what the subject matter — is art, says Mary Jane Schenk, executive director of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. Kinney’s photographs will be on display this winter for the Arts Council’s Fall Foto Fest. Other prominent photographers with local connections joining her include Pulitzer Prize winner William Snyder, a former photographer for Henderson, Ky.’s newspaper The Gleaner; Michael Pugh, a University of Southern Indiana graduate who has photographed for corporate clients such as Coca-Cola and AT&T; and Randy Dieter, a photographer and director of graphics at the Sunday Courier & Press for three decades.

The Nov. 19 free public presentation of their work is no coincidence. For seven years, the Arts Council has offered digitized, a juried art exhibition featuring works of digital photography and illustrations. Running through Dec. 1, the exhibition is most popular with younger generations, says Schenk, who are more familiar with computer technology.

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