Gallery to show photojournalist’s work

JOHNSTOWN – The Perrella Gallery at Fulton-Montgomery Community College will feature a new exhibition of work by Fultonville photojournalist 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-1970s.

This period, known to the Irish as “The Troubles,” is chronicled in Schnackenberg’s images featured in the exhibition. The exhibition also juxtaposes reproductions of newspaper broadsides from Northern Irish newspapers of the time, a news release said.

Schnackenberg worked for 40 years as a professional commercial photographer 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,” Schnackenberg said in the news release.

Schnackenberg has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute in New York City and is now retired from commercial photography.

He taught commercial photography and photojournalism in New York City and Providence, R.I. 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, the news release said.

An artist’s reception will take place Feb. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the gallery.

Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome.

Schnackenberg also will give a talk about his work March 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Perrella Gallery.

The event is free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. Wednesday or by appointment.

The gallery is closed weekends and holidays.

For more information, call 736-3622, Ext. 8977, or the Perrella Gallery at Ext. 8879.