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September 5, 2017

International Photographer Tells Rochesterians’ Stories through Pictures

“Positive Exposure — Change How You Can See, See How You Can Change,” presented by Golisano Foundation, on display at Roberts Wesleyan College through Oct. 16.

The photographic exhibition “Positive Exposure — Change How You See, See How You Change,” presented by the Golisano Foundation, is on display through Oct. 16 at Roberts Wesleyan College in the atrium of the Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center. The exhibit features portraits taken by internationally renowned photographer Rick Guidotti of people from around Greater Rochester living with genetic, physical, intellectual and developmental differences.

“After seeing this exhibit for this first time at the George Eastman Museum a few years ago, I felt it was powerful in its ability to challenge us to think and see differently,” President Deana L. Porterfield said. “These photographs make us see beyond labels or disabilities, and people are the beautiful, vibrant individuals that they are.”

This is the first time the exhibit is on display for the public since premiering in Rochester in 2015. It’s open to the entire community. It will serve as a centerpiece for discussion Sept. 22-24 at Roberts’ homecoming weekend.

“‘Positive Exposure’ highlights an important social issue that impacts and reflects on all of us,” Porterfield added. “It’s a movement about difference, beauty and diversity. We are thankful to the Golisano Foundation for allowing Roberts Wesleyan to share this work to create a moving dialogue within the college and our community.”

Additionally, a screening of the Emmy-nominated film “On Beauty,” featuring Guidotti and directed by Joanna Rudnick, will be held Sept. 21 at 6:30pm at The Little Theatre. Admission is free and will include a live Q&A with Guidotti following the film. It’s presented by Move to Include, a WXXI and Golisano Foundation initiative. The film follows the fashion photographer, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Guidotti re-focused his lens and uses it to challenge convention and redefine beauty with the help of two extraordinary women.

Community members are also invited to attend Guidotti’s keynote lecture, “Change How You See, See How You Change,” at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Roberts Wesleyan College. The keynote will be about inspiring people to embrace different abilities and include all people in every aspect of community life. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information on the exhibit, artist and community events, visit here.


About “Positive Exposure – Change How You See, See How You Change”

The photographic exhibition "Positive Exposure - Change How You See, See How You Change” presented by the Golisano Foundation, features portraits taken by Guidotti of people from the Rochester region who are living with intellectual disabilities. The exhibition will be displayed throughout the Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center atrium as a centerpiece of discussion for the weekend. The photographs provide the opportunity to see beyond all labels or disabilities, and see people as the beautiful, vibrant individuals that they are. The exhibition premiered in 2015 at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY in celebration of the Golisano Foundation's 30th anniversary.


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