LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – With his camera in hand, photographer Tyler Gerth was doing what he loved when he was killed in Jefferson Square Park while covering protests over the death of Breonna Taylor.
A year and a half later, his family is ensuring that his legacy lives on. A photo exhibit featuring Gerth’s work is on display at the Frazier Museum of History.
Gerth’s sister, Tiffany Hensley, is the vice president of Building Equal Bridges —Ta Tyler Gerth Foundation. She said her brother wanted young people to have equal opportunities and not have to worry about the problems they are currently facing.
“We started the foundation after Tyler died in 2020 after being shot and killed during race protests,” Hensley said. “We wanted to continue his legacy, we wanted to continue the work that he was sort of working towards.”
She calls the exhibit at the downtown Louisville museum “incredible.” It’s called “Imagining Kentucky by Tyler Gerth.”
It includes photographs he took from Kentucky, including bridges, abandoned buildings, and a castle in Lexington.
“He would have been blown away knowing that his work was in such a beautiful place for us to see and prosper as well,” Hensley said. “There’s all kinds of photography in the exhibit itself, right down to the race movement as well. It has a lot of documented protest photos and those are in there as well.”
The foundation partnered with the Louisville Urban League to create the Tyler Gerth Polaroid Project. Children can learn about photography. Participants are given a Polaroid camera to take pictures of the community.
“Tyler would love to work with young people and incorporate photography and kind of create that equity as well,” Hensley said.
There’s a fundraising gala for the Tyler Gerth Foundation at the Frazier Museum of History on March 4 from 7-10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.
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