Image by Ginger Werz-Petricka
Al Capone's Cell, Eastern State Penitentiary
Ginger Werz-Petricka

8th Annual
Mirror to the World
Documentary Photography 2016
April 22 - May 29, 2016

Opening Reception
Friday, April 22, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Exhibition Curator
Frank Van Riper

Exhibition Artists
Michele Egan
Brian Flynn
Mark Parascandola
Dorte Verner
Ginger Werz-Petricka

Photoworks Gallery
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1-4PM and Sundays 1-8PM
(and anytime a photography class is underway)
7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD

Image by Mark ParascandolaImage by Mark Parascandola
 Roosevelt Hotel, Shanghai Film Park | Hengdian World Studios
  China's Film Industry | Mark Parascandola

Mirror to the World 2016
 Documentary Photography from China to Campobello
Glen Echo Photoworks' eighth annual "Mirror to the World" exhibition of documentary photography features work by five area photographers who have traveled the world to capture stories of people and their environments. From fishermen battling the sea on Campobello, New Brunswick, to movie-makers in China, to dramatic views of the effect of climate change worldwide, this year's "Mirror" show lives up to its mandate to provide compelling, colorful stories that reflect the human condition.

Image by Brian Flynn
Voices of Fisherman | Brian Flynn  

As before, this year's show was curated by Frank Van Riper, longtime Photoworks faculty member and author of five books, including the internationally best-selling Serenissima: Venice in Winter.
Each of the five picture stories is accompanied by explanatory text written by the photographers, in keeping with the show's tradition that documentary photography is a synergistic combination of photos and words. "I always am tempted to speak of each 'Mirror' show in superlatives," Van Riper said, "but this year's show, I think, literally has something for everyone."
In what easily is the most wide-ranging picture story ever mounted in this show, photographer, author and PhD economist Dorte Verner documents the catastrophic effect of climate change on indigenous people in no fewer than ten countries including: Iran, Argentina, South Africa, Cuba, Morocco, Ethiopia, Syria, Jordan, Thailand, and Tunisia. Closer to home photographer Brian Flynn offers stunning views of the seaborne
life of fisherman on Campobello Island, NB. His strong images are twinned with "Voices
of Fisherman," trenchant, poignant--and at times wryly funny--observations from his book of the same name.
A returnee to the "Mirror" show, Mark Parascandola documents in huge prints the occasionally bizarre world of moviemaking in China, on sets that seem to dwarf the grandest efforts of Hollywood or Europe. With a keen eye and a gentle heart, Michele Egan offers a fascinating glimpse at winemaking in the Alsace that twins pastoral and timeless views of vineyards with the high-tech automation of big-volume bottling.

Image by Michele Egan
Wine-making in Alsace | Michele Egan

Finally, in the only un-peopled picture story this year, Ginger Werz-Petricka presents a gorgeous interpretation of the ruin that is Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, the former prison facility that once held bank robber Willie "The Actor" Sutton and Chicago crime boss Al Capone.
As Van Riper said: "something for everyone."

Image by Dorte Verner
Vanishing Glacier, Argentina | Dorte Verner

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Glen Echo, MD
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