Spady Cultural Heritage Museum is presenting “The Photographs of P.H. Polk,” through Dec. 18.

The photographs by Polk (1898-1985) center on southernAfrican-American life and represent three themes: African-Americanrural farm workers; studio portraits of upper-middle-class blackfamilies; and portraits of school associates—such as George Washington Carverat the Tuskegee Institute, where Polk was the official school photographer.

Polk composed his photographs with meticulous attention tolight, background, environment and composition, resulting in imagesthat have been noted for both their technical example and historicalvalue.