Leon K. Hughes

ImageLeon K Hughes and his wife Rosie lived in Wichita, Kansas.  Leon was a self-taught photographer who had his own photography business at home with his wife, who was also his assistant photographer.  For three decades, Leon captured the African American families and his community on film.  He was the go to photographer in Wichita for church and civic events, weddings, celebrations, etc.  the Leon K. Hughes Photograph Collection has more than 2,700 images that range from black and white to colored photos.  His photography gave “an inside view of African American life” which normally wouldn’t be seen by the majority of the public.  He showed how families were in the community, their celebrations from weddings to birthdays, and much more.




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