The Dayton Society of Artists (DSA) is pleased to present EYEWITNESS, a regional call for lens-based artwork. All artists, 18 years or older and living or working in Ohio, Indiana, or Kentucky are eligible for entry. Each piece must be lens-based (including but not limited to photography, computer edited photos, video, etc.) but may have other mediums or techniques incorporated into the work. Traditional and non-traditional approaches are welcome, and the medium may be interpreted broadly. Art should fit into the theme, Eyewitness. Debbie Le Clere, Benjamin Montague, and Chris Snyder will jury the entries and $1,000 will be awarded in prizes. Support for this exhibition is provided by FotoFocus.
Submissions Due: Sun, August 7, 2022 by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time
Notification of Jury Results: Sun, August 14
Delivery of Art - in Person: Fri, August 26, 3-8 PM & Saturday, August 27, 10-3pm
Exhibition Dates: Fri, September 2 – Saturday, October 29
Return of Shipped Art: Shipped out the week of October 31
FotoFocus welcomes global artists, curators, critics, educators, and regional visitors to Cincinnati with exhibitions, talks, performances, screenings, and panel discussions during an expanded week of programming, September 29–October 8, 2022.
Chris Snyder – I am one of two photographers at Wright State University. I’ve been a photographer for 30+ years and have been at Wright State for 22 years. There I manage the day-to-day operation of the marketing photography and video team. I help in scheduling photo and video shoots for our clients, shoot those photos and videos, edit together those videos, archive and maintain our database of tens of thousands of photos and videos, retouch and color correct those photos when they are requested for our marketing materials and/or for any other needs the Wright State community may have. I also do quite a bit of freelance photography where I provide photography services for publications including motor sports, cars and motorcycles, corporate and private events, and portraits. I provide additional services of retouching, image manipulation, printing, and color management for other local photographers and clients. Most of my freelance work consists of traveling with Fortune 500 companies that offer incentive trips to their associates. Those clients include Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, Citrix, Oracle, Legal Shield, Subaru, and the GE Board of Directors. My job is to document the trips by photographing speakers, business meetings, shooting portraits, dinner receptions, or any other activities planned for the attendees. These jobs always require some computer work such as retouching of portraits and making prints on site. This work has taken me all over the world including the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The Miami Valley is generally defined as the land area surrounding the Great Miami River in southwest Ohio, and includes the Little Miami, Mad, and Stillwater rivers as well. Geographically, it includes Dayton, Springfield, Middletown, Hamilton, and other communities.
Like much of the Midwest, the Miami Valley is considered part of the “rust belt,” having suffered economic decline due to deindustrialization. Beginning in the 1970's, the Miami Valley lost 40% of its manufacturing jobs, and, since then, the city of Dayton has lost nearly half of its population. This decline brought with it urban decay: abandoned factories, declining neighborhoods, and economic hardship.
Dayton has watched some of its most beautiful neighborhoods deteriorate. It has seen the near abandonment of its downtown. A once-vibrant city center bustling with markets, retail activity, theaters, and pedestrian traffic became a lifeless space. Yet, the Dayton area is recovering. This recovery can be seen in the preservation of historical sites and neighborhoods, in environmental rehabilitation, in the redefinition of its downtown, and in the success of many arts venues. We find ourselves in a state of upward transition: Having reconciled the losses of the past, we look forward to a hopeful future, one that recognizes what once was while embracing what might be.
Our symbol of hope is the American bald eagle, now nesting in several locations all along the Miami River. Just as the eagle has come back after near extinction, so we, after a period of decline, embrace our home and look to a new vision for the Dayton area. This gallery exhibition, presented by the Dayton Society of Artists and Tripod Camera Club, seeks to explore the difficult past as well as the transition to a hopeful future for the Miami Valley.
Support for this 2022 FotoFocus Biennial exhibition was provided by FotoFocus.