After E.G. Barnhill arrived in St. Petersburg in 1913, he sold cameras and hand-painted photos on paper and glass to tourists. Barnhill’s process, which involved using uranium dyes, resulted in “glowing” works that combined Florida’s beauty with his unique showmanship.
Much of his work showcased Florida scenery, and St. Pete vistas are still recognizable in the artwork.
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg highlights Barnhill’s work in “Glow: The Hand-Painted Photographs of E.G. Barnhill,” through April 7.
Also, curator Robin O’Dell hosts a gallery talk focusing on Barnhill’s practice and influence on Sunday, Jan. 27.