RIT Big Shot Conversation

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A nighttime photo of the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.

The storied history of the RIT Big Shot, one of the university's signature events, is being celebrated with an exhibition running Aug. 15 to Oct. 16 in University Gallery

Join three of the Big Shot's organizers — photography faculty Michael Peres and David Turner along with Mike Dear, director of operations for the College of Art and Design — for a conversation about the stories behind the first 35 years of the nighttime community photographic project. The event (free and open to all) is set for noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in University Gallery.

About the Big Shot

Started in 1987, the Big Shot is produced and co-sponsored by RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). It is often is described as a “painting with light” event because participants are asked to “paint” or shine their light source onto a particular area of a landmark while RIT photographers shoot an extended exposure. 

The event has traveled to several national landmarks and twice crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Through their viewfinders, Big Shot photographers have captured sites in the United States such as Kodak Tower in Rochester, N.Y.; Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.; AT&T (formerly Cowboys) Stadium in Arlington, Texas; and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Internationally, the RIT team has captured Pile Gate in Dubrovnik, Croatia, and the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden.

Photo: RIT Big Shot 14, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum (1999)

Wendy Marks
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When and Where
September 21, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room/Location: Booth Hall, second floor

Open to the Public

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