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New York Photographer Showcases Local Small Towns

Aug 21, 2007
Scenes of Ada, Alger, Bluffton, Dunkirk, "Jumbo," Mt. Victory and Roundhead are included in "Places Like Ada," an exhibit of digital photographs of Midwestern small towns and villages by noted New York photographer Nancy Sirkis.

The exhibit, to be held Sept. 8-9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the historic train depot on Main Street, Ada, features photographs from Minnesota and Iowa as well.

Sirkis, who is interested in architecture and Americana, has been exhibiting her work around the nation since 1970. In July an exhibit of her photographs from Cuba was held in the New York's Soho district. In August, a gallery in the Chelsea section of New York featured her photographs of subway stations from all over the world.

Although Sirkis has published books of standard 35mm photographs, her latest exhibits involve a digital technique that combines several photos into one, giving the observer a larger field of view than ordinarily possible. The resulting images are colorful and often mural-like, with a stark quality reminiscent of a Hollywood stage set.

Sirkis' work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, This Week, Mademoiselle, Look, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Esquire, the New York Times magazine, and many other magazines. She has published five books of photographs.

"Places Like Ada" is a joint venture of the Art Department of Ohio Northern University, the ONU Cultural Affairs and Special Events Committee, and the Ada Rotary Club. Proceeds from the sale of photographs will benefit the Ada Rotary Scholarship Fund.

In a lecture open to the public, Sirkis will be illustrating her technique through slides of her work at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, in the Dicke Forum of the James F. Dicke College of Business Administration on Main Street, Ada.

In addition, the Ada Rotary Club will display Sirkis's Ohio photographs on Sept. 15, in a booth at the Harvest and Herb Festival in Ada.

Born in New York City, Sirkis holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and M.A. from Hunter College. She has taught photography for more than thirty years as a staff member of the International Center of Photography in New York.

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