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Walsh Hosts Student Photography Exhibit at the Birk Center for the Arts

What's New, 2012-07-12

New exhibition will showcase 15 Walsh University students

Walsh University will host the photography projects of 15 digital photojournalism students in the Atrium Gallery of the Birk Center for the Arts, from Friday, July 13 to Sunday, September 16, 2012, open daily from 8 am to 9 pm.  This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Advanced students Corey Farnsworth, Mark Innes and Jordan Tucker along with first-time students Michelle Beachy, Kimberly Bishop, Ryan Christiansen, Rae Doverspike, Glen Harvey, Jacquelyn Hufstetler, Maurice Jones, Courtney Klemens, Kami Lash, Taylor May and Shellie Webster, examined the work of renowned photojournalists from the perspective of artistic style, technique and history. They then used cameras, computers and photographic equipment to imitate the style, lighting and content of the photojournalists of their choice. Students learned that the artistic composition of the photograph is equally important to the mechanical aspect of production in order to make an impact on viewers. Additionally, the show illustrates that the power of the image is not in the camera but in the hands of the photographer.

"The goal of the project is to demonstrate the impact that style and technique have on artistic content, and also to immerse the students in the historical and social context of the photojournalists' work,"said Lee Horrisberger, professor of communication at Walsh who directed the project. "Students have learned that news is visual, and that storytelling through images can have an impact on society. By taking part in this project, these students have a better understanding of how photography, specifically photojournalism, works within the larger social tapestry."

For more information on the project, contact Katey Brown, professor of museum studies and art history at ktbrown@walsh.edu or Lee Horrisberger, professor of communications at 330-490-7040 or lhorrisberger@walsh.edu.