Documenting the Global Recession: Photography Exhibit at Roosevelt U. Gage Gallery

Crisis and Opportunity:  Documenting the Global Recession

Flyer for Sept. 23 opening

September 23 to December 31, 2010

Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery

18 South Michigan Ave.

Opening Reception Thursday September 23

featuring a talk by photographer

Michael McElroy

5-8 pm

more information at

The welter of facts coursing through the news wires leads to the inevitable conclusion that the global recession is far from on the road to recovery – despite the polyanna offerings of the current administration.  Fats and figures give a rational, statistical view of the destruction wreaked on the world’s peoples.  Precise, measureable, cut and dry.  Photographs do not allow you to leave the topic with your emotions untouched.  Photographs, when done well, grab you by the throat and convince your inner fibers of something that numbers can never do. Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery presents just such an exhibit, beginning September 23, 2010.

Produced by, this show features the work of four photographers who are the winners of a call for entries on the global recession that SDN announced in September 2009. The exhibit was first exhibited at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, NY, February 16-March 14.  It comes to Gage Gallery from an exhibit at the Photography Resource Center in Boston, and will continue at Gage until  December 23.

First place winner is Tomasz Tomaszewski from Poland for his exhibit “Hades?”, an exploration of workers in Upper Silesia, Poland who are loosing their jobs and ways of life as a result of the global recession and economic restructuring.

The three honorable mentions are: Shiho Fukada‘s exhibit on a laborers town in Japan that has become a welfare town; Michael McElroy‘s exhibit focuses on the problem of affordable healthcare in the U.S. and loss of dignity; and Khaled Hasan‘s exhibit on about a stone workers community on the Indo-Bangla border.

A 32 page catalogue of this exhibit is available for sale for $12.

The opening reception, September 23 from 5-8 pm, will feature a talk by featured photographer Michael McElroy.  McElroy’s other exhibits include American Nightmare and Life Breaks Down: The American Dream? 71% of Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and McElroy presents uncompromising images to show the results.

poster for the New York opening of the exhibit Feb. 2010 is a website for photographers, NGOs, editors, journalists, lovers of photography and anyone else who believes that photography plays an important role in educating people about our world.

Launched in October 2008, (SDN) today has hundreds of compelling online exhibits by photographers from all corners of the globe documenting issues as diverse as the effects of modernization on Kathmandu, homelessness in the U.S., the consequences of oil exploitation in the Niger Delta, and reconciliation in Rwanda. All photographers on SDN share a common curiosity about the human condition and a strong desire to communicate their insights through words and photographs.


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