Some exhibits at the Iowa State Fair begin before the opening day like the photo salon in the cultural center building. For the 75th year of this gallery, the photographers were given the theme “Salute to Ansel Adams”. All photos are in black and white and photo superintendent Charley Starnes says the lack of color reveals the heart and soul of the image. He’s been running the gallery for eleven years, but he began at the fair twenty five years ago when he submitted his photos for the first time and won four awards. It’s an experience that still moves Starnes to this day, especially when he sees new photographers having their work displayed at the fair for the first time.