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America's Beauty, Birds, and Buildings

Photography by George W. Ritchey

Exhibit: September 22 – November 21, 2008

Samford University Library hosts America's Beauty, Birds, and Buildings: Photography by George W. Ritchey

The artwork is showcased around the main level grand staircase and on the second floor in the Reading Room.

Closing date: November 21, 2008.


artist George Ritchey

George studied photography while completing his graduate studies at LSU. During the past 20 years, he has had the opportunity to study with some of the nation's highly regarded photographers to fine tune his skills. Noteworthy achievements include "Best in show" awards at the Marion Institute Fine Arts Expo, The Mountain Valley Arts Council juried photo competition, The Gadsden Museum of Fine Arts juried competition (where one of his images is part of their permanent collection), and numerous other juried competitions.

For many years George served as the photographer for the Birmingham Zoo. He has also executed photo assignments developing a portfolio on the Galapagos Islands for International Expeditions, in addition to assignments for the PRCA Rodeo in Birmingham.

The 25th anniversary cover of the Birmingham Magazine featured one of George's images. A number of private individuals and commercial firms have acquired his images for display.

Classes in photography for private individuals at Samford University and the Birmingham Zoo have been part of a busy schedule of activities the past several years.

There are more than 50,000 images now in his stock library.

Other productions in his portfolio are:

  • Cover and feature for College Planning and Management magazine
  • American School and University magazine architectural portfolios
  • National Education Showcase magazine feature stories
  • Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy: an Architectural Review
  • National Wildlife Federation Migrations and Global Warming
  • Animal Tracks magazine - numerous covers and feature stories
  • Long Term Care magazine feature architectural stories
  • Guide to Greater Birmingham by the Chamber of Commerce
  • Barataria/Terrebonne National Estuary calendars 2007 and 2008
  • Conoco Phillips Oil calendars
  • Cover photo of the Grand Isle, La. Area Business Directory 2008

Feature articles on his work have appeared in the following major newspapers:

  • Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • Birmingham News
  • Baton Rouge Morning Advocate

Among his other credits are numerous contract assignments.

  • Winner of the Louisiana Council of the Arts 2008 Fine Arts Juried Competition People's Choice Award [all media]
  • Winner of the SVCC Photo of the year 2007
  • Images in the corporate annual reports of the Birmingham Zoo, J & J Industries, and Protective Life Insurance

George Ritchey can be reached at 205-529-6715 or 205-823-6443

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