TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is pleased to present Jim Witmer: A Retrospective Photographic Exhibition. The retrospective exhibition of photographs will be presented from October 21 to November 27. A reception honoring the life and work of Jim Witmer is scheduled for Friday, October 21 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
Jim Witmer (1959-2020) was a career artist and photographer with roots in the Mennonite farming communities of Northern Ohio. He started taking pictures in high school, creating a darkroom out of a bathroom on the second floor of his family home. He earned a BFA from Ohio University in 1982 and entered the world of photojournalism. His love of photography blossomed alongside drastic changes in technology that allowed him to explore analog and digital tools with incredible flair.
Throughout his 35-year career as a photojournalist and videographer (The Miami News in Florida, Troy Daily News and Dayton Daily News), thousands of images of Jim have been published in the United States and around the world, including Time and Life, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, United Press International and Associated Press magazines worldwide. Jim has been named Ohio Photographer of the Year (ONPA) five times and Regional Photographer of the Year (NPPA Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana) three times.
His fine art photography parallels his work as a journalist and he has experimented with the technique all his life. He leaves behind an extensive collection of photos that illustrate the glory days of darkroom photography and its transition to digital forms. His latest works are striking, focused studies of nature done on a flatbed scanner alongside his computer, with no traditional camera in sight.
Witmer’s retrospective provides insight into the many facets of his work; seen like never before in the connected galleries of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. Discover not only a sample of his photographs published in books, magazines and newspapers, but also his experimental fine art images and his collection of vintage cameras and photo equipment. Witmer’s career spans an era of rapid technological advancements, revealing an artist with a holistic worldview and a unique array of abilities.
The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is proudly supported by the citizens of the Troy City School District through a local tax levy and generous donations to Friends of Hayner.
The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is located at 301 West Main St., Troy. Hours of operation are Monday 7-9 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The Hayner Center is closed on statutory holidays. For more information, visit www.troyhayner.org or call (937) 339-0457.