Vesuvius dog
A print by Giorgio Sommer of a casting of a dog that died in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in year A.D. 79 is part of the display.

What: Opening night of exhibition “The Albumen Photographs of Giorgio Sommer.”

Where: McKay Gallery, 12 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, second floor

When: Opening reception Friday, 7 to 10p, with musical atmospherics by electric guitarist Phred Morris. Exhibit continues through June 18. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1p to 7p, or by appointment. Call 732.842.2272.

Need to know: Pioneering photographer Giorgio Sommer (1834-1914), a German by birth, amassed an invaluable portfolio of images in his adopted land of Italy.

Atlantic Highlands gallery owner Gary Steven Groves brings his collection of more than 100 of Sommer’s albumen (yes, the stuff from egg whites, which was used to bind photographic chemicals to paper) prints across the Navesink, giving Liz & Bob McKay one of their most overtly historical shows yet.

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