FORMER OPRY PHOTOGRAPHER FOR 32 YEARS, LES LEVERETT , WAS AMONG 10 PHOTOGRAPHERS HONOURED THAT PHOTOGRAPHED COUNTRY ARTISTS AND SITUATIONS
Today we received a letter from former Grand Ole Opry photographer Les Leverett which we publish with his permission:
The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles honored ten photographers that photographed country artists and situations. For some reason they picked me to be a part of all that, for which I am eternally grateful. My daughter, Libby Leverett-Crew went along with me. We had a total good time. They had a preview of the exhibit at what I call a press conference for two hours on Wednesday, then interviews with some of us on USA TODAY cameras and had each of us go through our part of the exhibit with their staff, explaining each photograph so they could in turn explain them to the public when the show opened. There is no entrance fee to go through the exhibit for the public, which I find refreshing. The good lady from the Smithsonian had all of us for breakfast at the cafe in our hotel on Wednesday morning. The show will go to the Smithsonian at the end of September when it leaves the Annenberg. Then to the hall of fame in Nashville. Thursday evening we had a two hour reception with photographers and invited guests, including several movie stars, and then we were entertained for an hour by Lyle Lovett and his Accoustic Band. Wonderful evening.
The Annenberg Foundation is a marvelous organization which is a philantrophic outfit which has provided funds for many a worthy cause, and the Space for Photography is a wonderful, large building in the Century City part of Los Angeles, sort of in the middle of 20th Century Fox studios. They had me on FOX tv, Thursday morning. I hope you don't get sick watching me. Forgive the ego, but wanted you to know. The Los Angeles Times did a nice story on me as did the New York Times, photos shown on Rolling Stone, Cowboys and Indians, and Parade computer sites. Wow! Too much to do over an old country boy that didn't know what an inside bath room was til starting the fourth grade. Ha!
Yes, it's been hard doing without my darling wife of sixty five years, but God is indeed seeing me through it all. And God bless you my friend.