Delaware State News, Biggs Museum to host tour, talk

Photographer Gary Emeigh took this photo of Delaware Gov. John Carney being escorted Feb. 11, 2018, to a memorial service to honor slain correctional officer Sgt. Steven R. Floyd, who died during an inmate uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.

DOVER — As part of The Biggs Museum of American Art’s “Ripped from the Headlines: Photojournalism in Delaware” exhibit, the Delaware State News will host a special event at the newspaper office at 110 Galaxy Drive in Dover from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“The Art of Making the News: VIP tours of the Delaware State News” will give visitors an opportunity to hear from Delaware State News photographer Marc Clery and longtime Delaware news photographer Gary Emeigh, who will offer a special presentation and discussion on their award-winning work.

Staff will lead guests on a tour of Delaware Printing Company so readers can see the steps that lead to papers coming off the press.

Delaware State News photographer Marc Clery took this photo of correctional officers grieving at a press briefing in the aftermath of the Vaughn prison riot at the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware in Dover on Feb. 2, 2017.

Refreshments will be provided to this free event. RSVP online at or by calling 302-674-2111.

Photographs taken by Mr. Clery and Mr. Emeigh – who have a combined 95 years in the field — are among the more than 80 iconic images on display at the Biggs.

Mr. Emeigh this year published “The Ink in My Blood,” chronicling his over 50-year career in newspapers.

Delaware State News Publisher Darel La Prade said, “We are hoping curious readers will come to visit the State News. The tour of the press hall ought to be very interesting for anyone who has not seen a commercial printing press. On top of that, visitors will have a chance to meet and talk with two of the best news photographers in the business. It should be a fun afternoon.”

Photographer Gary Emeigh took this photo of a Dover fireman using oxygen on infant Marlo Bright after being rescued from a Capital Park house fire in 1969.

The exhibit at the Biggs, which runs through Jan. 19, features the visual storytelling of newspapers and magazines from throughout the greater Delmarva region in its first major exhibition on photojournalism.

The Biggs Museum has partnered with nearly every major news and magazine platform within Delaware to select highlights in local photojournalism from the past 20 years in one group exhibition.

In addition to the Delaware State News event, there will be “Photojournalism and Photography in Delaware: A Panel Discussion” at the Biggs on Jan. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. Ryan Grover, Biggs Museum curator, will lead a talk on the state of photojournalism in Delaware today in the context of 21st century digital photo media, emphasizing the adventures of the state’s photojournalism past. That event is $10 adults, $8 seniors; members, students with ID, and active military free. RSVP online at or by calling 302-674-2111.

The Biggs Museum is at 406 Federal St., Dover.

Delaware State News photographer Marc Clery took this photo of Cape Henlopen High School’s Cameron Smith jumping after she scored the only goal in the Vikings’ victory over Sussex Tech in the Division I Field Hockey Championship game in Newark on Nov. 18, 2017.
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