Accompanying Image / Photo Example: 

Ed Reinke, Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire, May 1977, black & white photograph, 12.6 x 8.4", courtesy of The Enquirer

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

50 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202   

(513) 333-7500

Freedom of the Press: I Am a Witness
Enquirer Photojournalists Share Their
Most Memorable Photographs

Visions of Life: Freedom and UnFreedom
October 1–January 2, 2013

Exhibition Receptions
Friday October 12, 6 pm-9 pm

Freedom of the Press: I Am a Witness 
Enquirer Photojournalists Share Their
Most Memorable Photographs

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.  -Thomas Jefferson, 1786

We are witnesses when history is made.
We are the eyes and ears of our region.
The visual first-responders. From the most celebrated to the most tragic, we document the moments in our lives and in our region. We stood near dozens of bodies after the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. We put ourselves between police and protesters during riots. We walked for miles to find those impacted by tornadoes. We saw the jubilation of troops returning home from war. We captured the Reds winning the World Series. But a person’s experience is comprised of more than just extraordinary events, and so our work is also grounded in everyday life. You’ve invited us into your boardrooms, locker rooms, and living rooms. And in turn, we take you where you can’t go yourselves. We find beauty in the quiet. We expose the hidden. Our founding fathers made provisions in the First Amendment so that the press would not be impeded, so that it could publish observations of government and society, so that it could inform the public. Jefferson understood that “a democracy cannot be both ignorant and free.” For as long as newspapers could reproduce photographs – more than 100 years – photojournalists at the Enquirer have offered a reflection of our region and our times. We, the photography staff of the oldest news outlet in the area, each share with you some of our most memorable images, as well our favorites from Enquirer photographers of the past.

Visions of Life: Freedom and UnFreedom
A touchstone of the American ethos, the concept of freedom (and the pitfalls of its pursuit) continues to pervade our collective understanding of identity and commonality.

Visions of Life: Freedom and UnFreedom is a collaborative exhibition, enabling students from the Cincinnati region to take a journey to capture pinpoints along the wide spectrum of freedom. Sourcing from their everyday lives, these students create their own iconic masterpieces. Through the lens of freedom, they look to their own homes and neighborhoods to inspire discourse based in the questions, definitions, and progress of freedom in America. Regardless of preference of media, photographers are encouraged to use their artistry to capture happenings with an ephemeral poignancy. Each photograph is the unique signature of the photographer and a timeless reminder of the juxtaposition of time, space, and circumstance.


Opened in August 2004 and located on the banks of the Ohio River, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center reveals stories of freedom’s heroes from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.