Eye candy: Automotive artifacts by Brenda Priddy

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Turns out that famed automotive spy photographer Brenda Priddy also has an eye for shooting cars that aren’t wearing camouflage. A collection of more than 40 of her photographs of classic car badges, hood ornaments and mascots, junkyard photos, photos of cars in Cuba, and one of “the ghost cars of Death Valley” will be on exhibition January 31-March 8 at the Chandler Center for the Arts in suburban Phoenix.

The secretive spy shooter even promises to emerge from her hiding places behind bushes and roadside billboards long enough to take part in the grand opening of “Automotive Artifacts: The Fine Art Photography of Brenda Priddy” for an open reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on opening night, January 31.

“These images recall a day long past when the automobile stood as an iconic figurehead in the American live,” Priddy said of the photographs she selected for the exhibition.

That phrase also applies to the Cuban cars, which are 1950s American classics that have been kept on the roads of the island nation for so many years by their devoted owners.

The exhibition includes framed prints and prints on canvas in sizes to 20 x 30 inches. (Shown here are two posters she prepared for the exhibition.)

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Gallery hours as 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.