Saturday + Sunday
2:00 p.m. each day
The Mystery of George Masa
Produced and directed by Asheville-based filmmaker Paul Bonesteel, this film attempts to demystify the photographer George Masa (born Masahara Iizuka in 1881), a man who came to Asheville in 1915, began working as a laborer at The Grove Park Inn and quickly worked his way up to the position of guide and photographer of the Inn’s most important guests. At one time suspected a spy, Masa befriended a fascinating cast of characters: the wealthy elite, backwoods mountaineers, pioneering foresters, hikers and the Cherokee.
Held in conjunction with the exhibition Mapping the Mountains: The Photographs of George Masa.Be sure to check out the exhibition while you're at the Museum for the film! Free with Museum Membership or admission.
George Masa, Chimney Top at Sunset, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1920, photograph, black and white silver gelatin print, 7.25 x 9.38 inches. Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Nat C. Myers Photography Fund. Asheville Art Museum Collection.