Rosemary McKee Lanham Gallery
Seemingly embedded into the American – and Hoosier – psyche, sports play an important part of our collective identity, leisure time and entertainment. Thanks to the Emerson B. and Jane H. Houck Endowment for Hoosier Photography, IHS is increasing public awareness of our extensive photo collections and Indiana photographers with an exhibit series. The first one features a range of sports-related photographs from the Ed M. Moss Jr. Sports Photograph Collection.
Ed Moss Jr. took a countless number of photos during his roughly four-decade-long career as a professional photographer. His interest in photography began during his time in the Vietnam War, where he documented enemy movements with aerial images taken from aircraft. Moss’ photography career blossomed in the 1970s, with the bulk of his work focusing on sports in the state. His subjects in these early years ranged from the Indianapolis Racers hockey team to notable IndyCar drivers to the ABA Pacers. Moss’ later work included commercial, portrait and architectural photography and was featured in national publications.
Ed Moss Jr.’s photography incorporates a variety of aspects of sports culture, as he appears to have captured every sporting event in Indianapolis during the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Moss richly documented everything from youth sports to amateur sports to professional teams to big-ticket sporting events like the Indianapolis 500 and the illustrious 1987 Pan Am Games.