An exhibition by award-winning photo essayist Matt Eich, who tells the story through his photographs of an Ohio community abandoned by major industry, will be open to the public Feb. 6 through May 10 in Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Featuring images of southeastern Ohio from 2006-12, Carry Me Ohio is a catalog of working-class issues and people who were forced to adapt after industry, including mining for coal, salt and clay and the cutting of timber, left the region approximately 40 years ago.
One of the nation’s most promising young documentary photographers, Eich began taking pictures in southeast Ohio while he was a photojournalism student at Ohio State University. He has worked as a freelance photographer for GQ, Esquire, Mother Jones, Time, Fader, Harper’s and National Geographic, among others. A resident of Norfolk, Va., Eich will discuss his work on Carry Me Ohio at the exhibit’s opening reception being held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.
Free and open to the public, Roosevelt’s Gage Gallery has hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, visit www.roosevelt.edu/gagegallery or call (312) 341-6458.