SSH Gallery Features Eugene Photographer Susie Morrill

Portraits of farmers, families and colorful individuals by Eugene photographer Susie Morrill are on exhibit at LBCC’s South Santiam Gallery Jan. 3 through Jan. 28.

A public reception and gallery talk by the artist will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 13 at the gallery, located on the Albany campus, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW.

“Portraits in Place” features 20 of Morrill’s black-and-white prints of “ordinary Oregonians” who work and live in the southern Willamette Valley. Morrill’s approach to portraiture is direct and engaging, showing us fathers and sons, homeless families, ranchers with their dogs, and other characters she has met in her nearly three decades in photography.

Morrill’s style is often described as “environmental portraiture,” in which the settings where she places her sitters offer the viewer more information about the subject than they would glean from a traditional studio portrait.

Morrill is a long-time member of the PhotoZone Gallery in Eugene and chairperson of the Photography at Oregon Committee, which sponsors exhibits, workshops and lectures by photographers of national stature in the Eugene area. She also teaches photography part-time at Lane Community College, and raises horses and Labrador retrievers on her farm outside Veneta, Oregon.

LBCC’s South Santiam Hall Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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