The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) celebrates the Indiana Pacers playoff run with a new exhibit by a man who once worked as head photographer for the team, documenting its American Basketball Association (ABA) seasons.
Opening today, the exhibit, Winning Shot: The Sports Photography of Edward M. Moss Jr., pays tribute to the late Ed Moss of Indianapolis and his passion for sports. The exhibit features a range of sports-related photographs spanning the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In that time, Moss richly documented everything from youth and amateur sports to professional teams and big-ticket sporting events such as the Indianapolis 500 and the 1987 Pan Am Games.
Moss’s career blossomed in the 1970s, with the bulk of his work focusing on sports in the state of Indiana. His subjects in these early years ranged from the Indianapolis Racers hockey team to notable IndyCar drivers and the ABA Pacers, where he worked as head photographer. Moss’s later work included commercial, portrait and architectural photography that was featured in national publications.
Winning Shot is the first in a series of exhibits featuring the work of Hoosier photographers, made possible by the Emerson B. and Jane H. Houck Endowment for Hoosier Photography. It will be on display at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis, from April 21 through July 21. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for kids (ages 5-17). IHS members and children younger than five receive free admission.
IHS’s digital collections, featuring more than 73,000 images, can be accessed online at www.indianahistory.org. Unless otherwise noted, all photos featured in Winning Shot are courtesy of the Edward M. Moss Jr. Sports Photograph Collection. For more information on IHS’s collections or its latest exhibit, Winning Shot, call (317) 232-1882.
About the Indiana Historical Society
Since 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s Storyteller™, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. IHS also provides support and assistance to local museums and historical groups; publishes books and periodicals; sponsors teacher workshops; produces and hosts art exhibitions, museum theater and outside performance groups; and provides youth, adult and family programs. IHS is a Smithsonian Affiliate and a member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.