The kickoff of the Jackson Madison County Bicentennial Celebration is the perfect time to honor and recognize a photographer who has spent 50+ years serving the Jackson and West Tennessee area, Mitch Carter – Moore Studio.

Mitch Carter will be honored through a Photographic Exhibit at the Ned McWherter Cultural Arts Center (The Ned), Jackson, TN beginning on September 9th through October 31st. The Gallery Exhibit will showcase a sampling of his work through the past 50+ years. Highlights of the exhibit will display “Vintage Brides – 50’s, 60’s, 70’s” along with samplings of Celebrities, Portraits of Local Businesspeople and government representatives through the years. Miss Tennessee Queens and historical photographs of downtown Jackson are also included.

Moore Studio was founded in 1903 by Robert and Patty Moore. Mr. Devone E. Dooley was the 2nd generation owner of Moore Studio and at the age of 19, Mitch became an apprentice to Dooley. He began learning the art of photography through participation and hands-on work. Dooley taught Mitch the photo development process, and Mitch continued to develop all his own photographs until the digital camera age was introduced. Mitch purchased the business from Dooley and became the sole owner in 1973. He continued to build the business to 30 employees in six (6) locations throughout West Tennessee. He was the Official Photographer for many events, programs, and organizations including Miss Tennessee Pageant for 47 years. Mitch retired in 2020 and sold the business to Jason Harpig. Harpig is the 4th generation owner of Moore Studio and actively continues the business of Moore Studio in the same location on Liberty Street in downtown Jackson.

Jackson Madison County Bicentennial and The Jackson Photo Club is proud to sponsor the Mitch Carter Gallery Exhibit. Everyone is invited to attend the Gallery Opening Reception at The Ned on Thursday, September 9 from 5pm-7pm. There is no charge to view the gallery or attend the reception.