The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts doesn't have a large permanent collection, only about 150 works, but what it has it uses well. "Portraits and Places" is a selection of 25, about half in black-and-white and half in color. It extends from the Burgert Brothers' photographs of early Tampa through contemporary photographers, including current and former staff of the Tampa Bay Times. Don't expect to find a common thread in this show, as we see in most museum exhibitions. It's a diverse group from many points of view and intentions that includes fine art photography and photojournalism.
The museum, located in the Cube, 400 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with extended hours Friday to 8 p.m. (date night!) and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. A donation of $10 for adults and $8 for students and military with ID is suggested. fmopa.org or (813) 221-2222.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic