He memorialized the life of Alabama’s Wiregrass since 1973.

For Art Solomon, photography was a passion.  He died at his home in Dothan on Sunday.

Solomon and his pictures were synonymous with the National Peanut Festival. He served on the Board of Directors of the national event and was its President in 1985.  He was honored by being named Grand Marshall of the Peanut Festival parade in 2023.

Dothan also hosts a major national golfing event for young golfers, The Dothan Future Masters. Solomon was the official photographer of the event for 38 years.

Solomon served Dothan High School, its students and its faculty as “the picture man”: Sports photos, graduation photos, awards and special events photos.

Art Solomon’s photos will live long after him, as will the many he helped others restore. A continuing memorial will be the photos and videos by dozens of folks in the Wiregrass. Solomon had initiated a service at Art Solomon Photography that preserved old 8 mm film, VHS tapes and photos of any type onto DVDs.  He was a historian of the Wiregrass by preserving photographs.

Services for Solomon will be held at First Methodist Church of Dothan on Monday, April 15, at 2:00 p.m.

Jim ‘Zig’ Zeigler writes about Alabama’s people, places, events, groups and prominent deaths.  He is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at ZeiglerElderCare@yahoo.com.

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