Kennedy Heights Arts Center will feature thought-provoking work by area photographers in Concerned, October 5 through November 16, 2003.
In photography, there is a tradition of work known as concerned photography. The photographer Cornell Capa (1918–2008) coined the phrase "concerned photographer" to describe those photographers who demonstrated in their work a humanitarian impulse to use photos to educate and change the world, not just to record it. Artists such a Gordon Parks, Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans worked in this tradition and famously documented the depression under the auspices of the Farm Services Administration.
Kennedy Heights Arts Center is proud to offer a show in this tradition. Concerned presents work from local photographers which illuminates issues and concerns facing the disabled, disenfranchised and economically challenged persons living in our community, in America, and throughout the world today.
Featured artists include: Ainsley Keller, Robert Flischel, Cameron Knight, Tony Tribble, Steve Ziegelmeyer, Jay Bachemin, J Miles Wolf, Brad Smith, Natalie Hager, David Sorcher, Ann Segal, Greg Rust, Sean Hughes, Mark and Cathy Lyons, Michael Keating, Michael Skaggs, Melvin Grier, Jymi Bolden, and Michael Kearns.
While the focus of this show is broad, and highlights many areas of social concern, there is a common thread: the concerned photographer. The featured photographers share not only a keen eye, they collectively imbue their work with a heightened sense of humanity, engaging not only their acute sense of vision but also their hearts and souls in order to produce work intended to illuminate, educate and enlighten the viewer.
A series of photos by Steve Ziegelmeyer makes visible the reality of homeless people living on the streets of Cincinnati.
“Ronald, known as Einstein by his friends, was living in the homeless camp just below Mehring Way on the river bank when I took this photo” said Ziegelmeyer. “This homeless city included multiple shelters cobbled together from materials that had been gathered along the riverbank. This all existed in the shadow of Paul Brown Stadium but very few people realized it was there. I snapped this shot as I was talking to Ronald about how he came to live in the camp. The image really stood out for the desperate look in his eyes.”
The show was conceived and organized by three notable local photographers: Jymi Bolden, Melvin Grier and Michael Kearns.
There will be an opening reception for the public on Saturday, October 5 from 6 to 8 pm.
Image credit: Ronald by Steve Ziegelmeyer.