This is the time of the year that we like to reach out to our community and focus on exhibitions that can have a strong local connection and can incorporate educational programs that align with the school curriculum. Fritz Leddy was the Chief of the East Hampton Police Department from 1937 to 1968. Leddy took many photographs for the Department but also for himself, as photography was a lifelong interest of his. For a span of ten years surrounding World War II, Leddy took over 2000 photographs around the village of East Hampton that included family portraits, landscapes and anything that he found to be an interesting subject. He was more than a serious amateur and used a large format camera that produced negatives of about 4 x 5 inches, all of them quite rich in detail.
In 1999, twelve years after his death, boxes of his negatives were found in the basement of the Police Station and were developed for a 2006 exhibition at Guild Hall’s exhibition, which could show only a fraction of his work. Therefore, by popular demand, we are mounting another exhibition of more photographs that will surely be embraced with the same warmth by local members of the community. In 2006, over 700 guests attended the opening reception and almost 100 museum visitors per day attended during the show’s run.
Museum Hours: Friday & Saturday 11am-5pm; Sunday 12-5pm