A photographer whose book celebrates the culture of Indiana’s county 4-H fairs will spend part of his summer chronicling the uniqueness of Bartholomew County’s fair.

Indianapolis photographer Harold L. Miller plans to take his camera to the local fair as part of a summer project working with Ivy Tech Community College Columbus design students.

Local residents can get a sneak preview of the kinds of photos Miller will be taking at this year’s county fair — July 8 to 16 — ┬áin a new exhibit at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave. A reception to introduce Miller’s work to the Columbus community will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the learning center.

The cover of Harold Lee Miller's book, "Fair Culture," features a 4-Her with his poultry project. Miller is partnering with the Ivy Tech Community College School of Art & Design to allow students to design his next book of images, "Fair Culture Bartholomew County." Submitted
The cover of Harold Lee Miller’s book, “Fair Culture,” features a 4-Her with his poultry project. Miller is partnering with the Ivy Tech Community College School of Art & Design to allow students to design his next book of images, “Fair Culture Bartholomew County.” Submitted

The exhibit, with the same title as the book, “Fair Culture,” features large-scale photos of images that experienced Indiana fairgoers recognize immediately — 4-Hers with their animal exhibits, fair queens and children in the midway among the carnival food booths.

Hunter and Beau Brown are shown in a photograph that is a part of Indianapolis photographer Harold Lee Miller's book, "Fair Culture." Miller is partnering with the Ivy Tech Community College School of Art & Design to allow students to design his next book of images, "Fair Culture Bartholomew County." Submitted
Hunter and Beau Brown are shown in a photograph that is a part of Indianapolis photographer Harold Lee Miller’s book, “Fair Culture.” Miller is partnering with the Ivy Tech Community College School of Art & Design to allow students to design his next book of images, “Fair Culture Bartholomew County.” Submitted
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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.