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Big Shot spectacular heads to nation’s capital this fall (Sept. 26)


Test photograph for RIT's 25th Big Shot at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

RIT will celebrate the rich histories of Native Americans and photography as the university’s popular photo project The Big Shot heads to the nation’s capital. The RIT community is invited to participate on Sept. 26.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is the subject of the 25th Big Shot photograph. This architectural gem is on the National Mall just south of the U. S. Capitol. The curvilinear and domed museum has an exterior cladding of Kasota limestone, which gives the building an appearance of stratified stone.

“From the moment Bill and I first visited the museum with family a few years ago, we thought it would make for a perfect Big Shot,” says Dawn Tower DuBois, professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and one of the Big Shot coordinators. “What drew us to the structure was its unique architecture, the color and the texture of the stone, and the museum’s location on the National Mall.

She and Michael Peres and Bill DuBois from RIT’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences are the event organizers.

RIT will charter a bus to Washington for students interested in attending. The cost is $50 and this includes the bus trip and admission to a post-event reception at the museum. Students must sign-up by Sept. 15 with Norma Fleck in the dean’s office of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

The event is expected to draw many RIT graduates. With nearly 4,300 members, RIT’s Washington alumni chapter is one of RIT’s largest.

“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is pleased to be participating in the 25th RIT Big Shot photography project, joining other venerable national and international locations such as the Alamo and the Royal Palace in Stockholm,” says museum director Kevin Gover (Pawnee/Comanche). “This unique event, that will involve museum members and the local Washington, D.C. Native community, will be part of our fall calendar of events celebrating four distinct anniversaries of the museum.”

Big Shot, described as a “painting with light” photograph, requires many volunteers to help illuminate the subject area during an extended exposure. To make the nighttime photo, participants use flashlights or camera flash units to light the subject, while RIT faculty shoot the image.

Past Big Shots have highlighted historical places including Pile Gate in Dubrovnik, Croatia; the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden; the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas; the World War II aircraft carrier USS Intrepid in New York City; and the Erie Canal in Pittsford.

Visit www.rit.edu/cias/bigshot.

Kelly Downs

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