SB 30 Episode 12: Discussing “Newman to Now” with Emily Cohen & Gary Walpole

We’ve all seen them. In the back dining room of the Arcade Restaurant, behind a bookshelf at Burkes Books, and in coffee shops, lobbies and offices all over town. They are the Don Newman’s: the now-iconic photos of 1940s, ’50s and ’60s Memphis by commercial photographer Don Newman.

For this week’s show, we sat down with the two leaders of the Newman to Now project, project director Emily Cohen and photographer Gary Walpole, that presents the photos in their historical context as well as against the same exact locations today.

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For links to images mentioned in this podcast, enjoy the Memphis Heritage Don Newman gallery at

Memphis Heritage handles the entire collection and prints may be purchased by contacting MHI at 901-272-2727 or The sales from the Newman Collection support the work of Memphis Heritage, “Giving Our Past a Future.”

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I was a career consultant and communications specialist in the payroll industry until moving from southern California to Memphis in late 2015. The Bluff City gave me a new start in the second half of my career, gifting me with a chance to return to my childhood fascinations with cities and my college passions in writing, theater, film, and storytelling, all the while allowing me to use my experience working with people, in consulting, teaching and communications, to bring a new voice to Memphis. This may be my first venture into multi-media publishing, but Life and Place - Memphis - gave me all the prep and tools I need.

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