Former MCCC Photography Coordinator to Present Lecture Featuring Penitentiary Photos April 24

4/1/08


Noted photographer Eric Kunsman, book artist and former MCCC coordinator of Photography, will feature his latest body of work in a photo lecture entitled "Thou Art...Will Give…" on Thursday, April 24, at 12 noon. The event is presented free to the public as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series and will be held on the college's West Windsor campus in the Communications Building, CM 110, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Capturing moments from his field trips to the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Kunsman will discuss his photo essay and the historical research he conducted on the institution - known as America's first penitentiary. During the creation of this body of work, he relied heavily on the writing in wardens' logbooks dating from 1830 to 1890. The penitentiary, which opened in 1829, closed in 1971.

Kunsman is the founder of Booksmart Studio, a fine art digital printing and book publishing studio specializing in numerous techniques and services. Housed within Booksmart Studio are two galleries, a digital classroom, and a retail shop.

Eric Kunsman returns to campus to present photos from Eastern State Penitentiary

He currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the Rochester Institute of Technology, conducts workshops and lectures internationally. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and are featured in several prominent collections.

Kunsman received an MFA in Book Arts/Printing from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and holds an MS in Electronic Publishing/Graphics Arts Publishing, a BS in Biomedical Photography, and a BFA in Fine Art Photography, all from the Rochester Institute of Technology. For more information on his work, visit Booksmart Studio here.

Note: This is the final lecture of the 2007-08 Distinguished Lecture Series.

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