PAC art show will feature photography by Daniel Acker

Published: Monday, March 19, 2012 5:18 p.m. CDT
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PRINCETON — The Prairie Arts Council will present the “Eight Million to Eight Hundred” art show featuring the photographs of Daniel Acker.

The show will kick off with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday This will be the third of seven diverse art shows scheduled at the Prairie Arts Center.

Acker is a freelance editorial, lifestyle and fine art photographer living in Tiskilwa with his wife and two daughters. Upon graduation from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000, he became a staff photographer for Bloomberg News in New York City where he remained until the summer of 2010.

During his tenure in New York, Acker photographed a wide range of subjects in more than 20 countries. These assignments included six trips to Davos, Switzerland, covering the annual World Economic Forum, a two-week Kazakhstan adventure documenting uranium mining, and trips with President George W. Bush to Asia and Vice President Dick Cheney to the Middle East.

Since relocating to Illinois, Acker has continued to shoot editorial assignments for a range of clients including Bloomberg, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. In addition to news assignments, he also enjoys working with local wedding, family and senior portrait clients as well as covering local events for the Bureau County Republican. He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and secretary of the board of the Prairie Arts Council.

“Photography for me is not a job; it’s a way of life. My camera has allowed me to travel the world and live vicariously through people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I’ve been a blimp pilot, a potash miner, a search-and-rescue worker, a watch maker and an equine geneticist. The ability of photography to capture and preserve time, unchanged, is a wonderful gift.”

Acker’s upcoming show at the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton, titled “Eight Million to Eight Hundred,” will showcase his personal photography work, much of which has never been shown publicly. The images are pulled from his experiences over the past decade beginning in New York and transitioning to his current home in Tiskilwa.

“My personal work encompasses images made without preconception. These are serendipitous moments which stand in stark contrast to the pursued images in my professional life. These photographs are what endear the medium to me, reminding me why I became a photographer.”

The photographs will be on display at the Prairie Arts Center, located at 24 Park Ave. East in Princeton, from Friday through April 22. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, champagne and punch will be served during the free opening night reception on Friday. Acker will also discuss his work and participate in a Q&A during an “Evening with the Artist” event on March 28 at 7 p.m. (gallery open from 6 to 8 p.m.). The gallery will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. or by making an appointment with the artist. Contact information available at www.danielacker.com. Gallery admission is always free, and all are welcome to attend.

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