February 12, 2014 — The Perrella Gallery will feature a new exhibition of work by Fultonville NY, photo journalist Erik Schnackenberg. The exhibition features Schnackenberg’s black and white photographs taken in Northern Ireland during the height of the political upheaval in the mid-1970’s. This period, known to the Irish as “The Troubles,” is chronicled in Schnackenberg’s powerful images featured in the exhibition. The exhibition also juxtaposes reproductions of newspaper broadsides from Northern Irish newspapers of the time.
Schnackenberg worked 40 years as a professional commercial photographer working in New York City, shooting advertisement photography. “During this period I often felt the need to escape Madison Avenue for even wilder and more primitive environments. The Amazon River, The Troubles in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, the Kurds in Turkey…all helped me maintain a sense of reality,” says Schnackenberg.
Schnackenberg holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in New York City and is currently retired from commercial photography. He taught commercial photography and photo journalism in New York City as well as in Providence, Rhode Island. His work has been featured in many anthologies. An important influence on Schnackenberg’s work was David Douglas Duncan, the original “Yankee Nomad” of Life magazine. His photography includes “knock your eyes out,” color images for a national ad to black and white photography which he feels has a more abstract feel and intensity.
An artists’ reception is scheduled for Friday, February 28, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Gallery; refreshments will be served and the public is cordially welcome.
Schnackenberg will also give a talk about his work on Wednesday, March 5 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Perrella Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are Monday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with extended hours until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday or by appointment. The Gallery is closed weekends and holidays. For further information, call 736-FMCC (3622), ext. 8977 or the Perrella Gallery at ext. 8879.