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Big Larry by Longmire

The late musician, Big Larry, shot by John Longmire. This photo and many others will be on display at The Varsity Center starting Saturday.


CARBONDALE — One of Southern Illinois’ most prolific music photographers will be exhibiting his photos at The Varsity Gallery in an exhibit called “MASA,” or “Music Around Southern Illinois.”

A reception for the photographer will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. The Varsity Bar will be selling local craft beers and traditional beers, locally produced wine, select cocktails and sodas.

Many of Longmire’s framed prints will be for sale — some of them autographed — and prints can be ordered.

Longmire is particularly fond of shooting music-makers.

“I like taking pictures of musicians, candid scenes and performances, because I do not have to direct the action and sound super bossy,” Longmire said. “And, I really enjoy bringing attention to the wonderful local musicians I shoot pictures of.”

Musicians he has captured include Mo Pitney, Ivas John, Big Larry, Robbie Stokes, Tawl Paul, Joe Castregon, Nate Graham, Marshall Anderson, Tim Crosby, The Bankesters, Brian Curran and many, many more.

The Varsity is at 418 S. Illinois Ave. Regular exhibit hours are 2-4 p.m. Monday through Friday or by special arrangement. For more information, go to or


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