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Documentary photography exhibition now on display at South Shore Arts

THIS IS IT: Documentary photography exhibition examines facets of American life

Information provided by South Shore Arts

MUNSTER, Ind. (November 12, 2022) – South Shore Arts is pleased to present THIS IS IT: A Human-Centered View of US opening at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana, November 11 through January 8, 2023. The exhibition features long-term photo-documentary projects and photojournalism by award-winning and renowned photographers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John H. White. A free public reception will take place Thursday, November 17, from 5 – 8 p.m.

The exhibiting photographers include Jess T. Dugan, Mariah Karson, Jon Lowenstein, Stephen Marc, Carlos Javier Ortiz, and John H. White.

Photo by Jon Lowenstein, South Side.

“Excellent documentary photography has the potential to bring about change; it allows the viewer an intimate moment to empathize and stand in someone else’s shoes. This was the guiding star in the selection of photographers for this exhibition” stated curators Linda Dorman and Tom Torluemke of Dorman + Torluemke. “Each photographer selected demonstrated a dedication to their practices and subjects through their unique approach, taking us on a visual journey through human experiences”.

This blockbuster exhibit draws some of the largest crowds of the five exhibitions produced by South Shore Arts in its Bachman Gallery each year. “We are very excited to host these amazing photographers. And the subject manner in This is It is a thoughtfully curated show that features multiple perspectives of life in the US” said David Mika, Executive Director of South Shore Arts & the Northwest Indiana Symphony. “It is designed to foster healthy consideration and conversation across these multiple perspectives”.

Special events

The exhibition will be open for viewing daily except for holidays and the public is invited to a series of free, related programming throughout the exhibition:

  • THIS IS IT, a panel discussion with featured photographers Jon Lowenstein, Stephen Marc, and Carlos Javier Ortiz will occur on Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Photo Projects – Slideshow Night with guest host Michael Zajakowski, Director of Photography, Chicago Magazine will occur on Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. in the gallery
  • American Legion: gallery talk with featured photographer Mariah Karson will occur on Thursday, January 5, 2023, and 6 p.m.

This exhibition was made possible by a Transform Lake County grant from the Legacy Foundation. Legacy Foundation invests in nonprofit services and capacity-building efforts throughout Lake County, Indiana. Through the generosity of a wide base of donors, Legacy Foundation has awarded $40 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and individuals since its founding in 1992. Learn more at

South Shore Arts received a generous $10,000 from the Legacy Foundation grant to support THIS IS IT: a human-centered view of US. This grant will enable the free programs and events scheduled throughout the exhibit run.

South Shore Arts
South Shore Arts
South Shore Arts, housed in Munster, Indiana's, Center for Visual and Performing Arts, serves the south shore of Lake Michigan with classes for all ages, youth outreach, galleries, and gift shops. Their mission is to transform the South Shore through the arts, and their vision is a progressive region that employs the arts to transform lives and strengthen communities.