Photojournalism students featured in MassMu exhibition

Photojournalism students featured in MassMu exhibition

"The Passenger" by Ashley Fleishman, 2019.


Eight students enrolled in Walsh University digital photojournalism classes have examined the work of renowned photojournalists from the perspectives of artistic style, technique and history. Their project will culminate when they collaborate with the Massillon Museum to host the 13th annual"Image to Image" exhibition in the museum’s Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery.

When the exhibition opens on Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6-8 p.m., the public is invited to meet the photographers, view their work and have refreshments in the Silk Room in the lower level of the Massillon Museum. The party is free and open to all; no reservations are necessary. The museum is fully accessible.

"Image to Image: A Comparative Study of Past and Present Photojournalists’ Images, Styles and Shooting Techniques" will feature the work of students in Professor Lee Horrisberger’s digital photography class. It will illustrate the power of the image is not in the camera but in the hands of the photographer.

Walsh photojournalism students Margaret Anderson, Majesti Brown, Alexis Fleishman, Ashley Fleishman, Kelly Hovorka, Zachary Richards, Joshua Smith and Aidan Tuttle will be featured.

Students have used cameras, computers and photographic equipment from Walsh’s communication department to imitate the photography style, lighting and content of photojournalists of their choosing. Students have learned the mechanical side of producing a photograph and now understand it is equally important a photograph be composed artistically to make an impact on its audience.

“The goal of the project is to demonstrate the impact that style and technique have on artistic content and also to immerse the students in the historical and social context of the photojournalists’ work,” Horrisberger said. “Students have learned that news is visual and that storytelling through images can have an impact on society. By taking part in this project, these students have a better understanding of how photography, specifically photojournalism, works within the larger social tapestry.”

Each student’s work will be printed, matted and hung, along with his or her selected photojournalist’s work. Each piece will contain bibliographic notes and will detail how the student’s work was created.

In a new feature, this year students will add QR codes to their notes. Visitors will be able to hover their phones over a QR code, and the student will come alive on screen, explaining how he or she took the image and the challenges faced during the process. Students will be involved in the marketing of the event and will be on hand during the exhibition opening to receive firsthand feedback on their work.

Emily Vigil, the Massillon Museum’s Studio M coordinator, will explain the importance of presentation by working with the professor, the students and the finished photographs that will be hung in the museum. Students will witness how the exhibition of artistic work, in this case photojournalism, can serve as a social, educational and entertainment community resource.

The "Image to Image" show may be seen Nov. 16 through Jan. 5 during regular museum hours Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2-5 p.m., except when the Silk Room has been reserved for private functions. A call to the museum office can confirm the exhibit is available for viewing at 330-833-4061. The museum will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The exhibits in the Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery reflect collaborations between the Massillon Museum and regional community partners. For questions email education and outreach manager Stephanie Toole at or call 330-833-4061 ext. 104.

Visitors to the Walsh exhibition opening also will be able to see the "Stark County Artists Exhibition" in the museum’s Aultman Health Foundation Gallery, "Nature Configurations: The Drawings of Sandra Benny" through Dec. 1 in Studio M, "The Greatest High School Rivalry" and "Evolution of the Football Jersey" in the Paul Brown Museum, and "The Immel Circus."

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way E. in downtown Massillon. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.

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