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Sac State photographer captures the campus


The exhibit will include a collection of gymnastic photos, such as this one of Nicole Meiller.

When Sacramento State photographer Sam Parsons retired in January, he left behind 30 years of photos, posters and multi-media projects that created a visual story of the campus.

Examples of that work will be displayed in the free exhibit “Depth of Field: 30 Years of Photography and Multimedia,” running in the University’s Library Gallery Annex April 1-30. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. A reception will be held in the gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6.

“This exhibition is not intended to be a history of the last 30 years at Sacramento State, but, rather, a collection of work I found interesting,” says Parsons.

Displays will include posters and brochures, prints, a special section dedicated to his photos of Sac State gymnasts, and video versions of multimedia slide shows he produced in the 1980s.

The slideshows were particularly challenging. Each one was a large-audience presentation involving a computer controlling up to nine slide projectors, a video projector and high-fidelity audio. “Those productions involved a huge time investment on my part, and that of others, to photograph, edit and then program the slides, audio and video,” Parsons says.

Retirement doesn’t mean he’ll be taking it easy. The next 12 months include helping his daughter get married, celebrating his 40th wedding anniversary, traveling to the Mediterranean, a road trip around the country and a trip to India.

Parsons will also return to campus to teach a lighting class for the Department of Design.

“The best things about my job at Sac State were meeting people and having access behind the scenes on campus and around the region,” he says. “I also enjoyed a high degree of independence.”

For more information, call the Library Gallery at (916) 278-4189. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.