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Discover the History of Charleston Through the Eyes of a Local Photographer

Morton “Nicky” Brailsford Paine, Jr. (1883 - 1940) photographed the people and events of Charleston for forty years. Arguably, one of the most dedicated photographers of the city, Paine was interested in mechanics and new inventions and led the way in using modern scientific advancements.

Paine was a cross-country driver, a pilot, and one of the first amateurs to use a motion picture camera on the east coast. Always experimenting with speed, light, shadow, and later, color, Nicky Paine would record the history of the buildings, beaches and people of Charleston from 1900 to his death in 1940.

These images are part of the collection purchased by the Museum in 1941 from Nicky’s sister, May Paine. Rescued from their 47 Meeting Street residence after a Category 2 hurricane flooded the basement three days before his death, they include glass plate negatives and prints.

With that being said, we encourage you to stop by The Charleston Museum to view this exhibit in-person!

Although we provide the utmost luxury at Parks at Nexton Apartments in Summerville, South Carolina, we realize that you need to get out and socialize with those in your surrounding community. This event gives you the chance to do just that! Don’t hesitate to attend today!

Event Time/Date:
Thursday, November 1, 2018—9:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
The Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403

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