Banasiak’s talk focuses on the art of photography

Banasiak's talk focuses on the art of photography
The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly meeting Oct. 3 at the Al Neuharth Media Center on the campus of USD. President Roger Kozak called the meeting to order. Rev. Robert Grossman gave the invocation. Guests introduced were: Sandy Dickenson, John Banasiak and Heidi Nichish Duggan.

Rotarian Sarah Gloden introduced Professor John Banasiak as the guest speaker for the day. Professor Banasiak teaches photography in the Department of Art of the College of Fine Arts here at The University of South Dakota. John received both his master of fine arts and his bachelor of fine arts degrees from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Professor Banasiak was the recipient of The University of South Dakota's Belbas-Larson Award in 2004, the highest teaching award of the university for excellence in education, and the Burlington Northern Faculty Award for work in creative research in 1992.


John has been a part of over 250 juried exhibitions since coming to The University of South Dakota in 1980.

Professor Banasiak presented a series of slides and talked about various projects he has been working on for the past six years. The photos presented were from all over the world.

He stated that he felt photographs were starting points for thought processes. It is what else pictures suggest besides what they appear to be that is the interesting part. They can be seen as pathways or cultural icons that help the viewer find symbolic meaning.

Some of the photographs he showed were of people interacting with the environment. He likes photographs of people looking toward the camera. This can give the viewer insight into who the subject is.

John feels that photography can be a visual adventure. He tries to look at potential subject matter in a new or interesting way. Simply changing the perspective of the camera changes the picture tremendously. He demonstrated this with a series of pictures taken with a pinhole camera of various scenes around campus from various perspectives.

Currently he is also working on a series of photographic constructions using found objects. In closing, he took time to answer questions from the audience.

Rotary International is a worldwide humanitarian service organization with 29,000 clubs in more than 160 countries. Founded in 1905 in Chicago, members of Rotary are business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build good will and peace in the world. For more information about Rotary in Vermillion, call Roger Kozak at 605-677-9030.

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