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The Photography of Witness

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

The Wisconsin Academy welcomed photographers Michael Kienitz, Kevin Miyazaki, and Craig Schreiner to discuss their own work and reflect on the way photographic images can be used to record personal narrative, document conflict, capture a cultural landscape, and share the human experience. From capturing war-torn environments and sites scarred by the past, to the daily struggles of Wisconsin farm families, these photographers will share a wealth of experience and stories that go well beyond the camera's lens. Recorded on March 27, 2014, at Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. Video provided courtesy of Wisconsin Public Television.

This event is presented in conjunction with the James Watrous Gallery exhibitions Ida Wyman: The Chords of Memory and Kevin Miyazaki: Camp Home, on view March 14 - May 4, 2014.


Michael Kienitz has been a photographer for over forty years. His traditional photography has appeared in Life, Time, and Newsweek, Audubon, Elle, Rolling Stone and other major publications worldwide.

Kevin J. Miyazaki is a photographer whose work appears in a wide variety of publications, including Bon Appétit, ESPN, Reader's Digest, GQ, and AARP. His artwork focuses on themes of family history, memory, and architectural space. He lives in Wauwatosa.

Craig Schreiner has been a photojournalist for thirty years, primarily as a staff photographer for daily newspapers, including sixteen years at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison.

From 2008 to 2021 Jason A. Smith was the associate director of the Wisconsin Academy and editor of its quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, Wisconsin People & Ideas.

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