Local photographer's images from China are on display at Faces of the World Gallery in Gallagher

Todd Joyce collected the photographs while on educational trips to Beijing and Xinghua | January 24, 2014

A collection of photographs from China by local photographer Todd Joyce is on exhibit on the second floor of the Faces of the World Gallery in the Gallagher Student Center on campus. Joyce took the photographs during two trips to China, first to Beijing and Chengde in 2009 and more recently in Beijing and Chungdu where he taught environmental portrait photography to news photographers from the Xinghua news agency.

"We are fortunate to have Todd's images of China on display at Xavier," said Greg Rust, director for photography at Xavier. "Beyond the fact that Todd's use of light and composition are impeccable, his work through the American Society of Media Photographers for photographers' rights has earned him national respect within the photography profession."

Joyce has desgrees in art and communications from Wilmington College and is president and owner of Joyce Photography, a commercial photography studio in Lebanon, Ohio, that he founded in 1991. He specializes in photographing people in concepts for advertising. Clients include magazines, websites and companies including Procter & Gamble, Shriner’s Hospital and Kodak.

Joyce has been recognized for his work by the American Society of Media Photographers, serving on the board of directors from 2006-2011 and as National President in 2008-2009.

“As you will see from my work, I feature people,” Joyce says. “I define a culture, not by its historical relics or by its political differences, but by the people immersed in it. Engaging with the people of China was easy. I stood out and people either shunned me or embraced me. Most of those I photographed embraced me and were a large part of what I saw as the culture of China.”

The exhibit will be on display through April and is free and open to the public.