'Nick De Candia: A Retrospective' at Lichtenstein Center for the Arts

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — "Nick De Candia:  A Retrospective" will be on view at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts from Jan. 11-28.  
The photographer passed away last year just shy of his 90th birthday.  
De Candia had a photography exhibit scheduled for this year at the Lichtenstein.  In light of his passing, his family is hosting this retrospective show of his work.  
The black and white photographs in the exhibit were taken over the course of Mr. De Candia's 50-year career and demonstrate the wide-ranging subject matter that interested him, as well as several experimental techniques that captured his imagination.
In his lifetime, De Candia produced a number of photo essays about such social issues as poverty, food insecurity, and teenage pregnancy. He received a grant to create a permanent installation of banner-type photos at The Berkshire Atheneum called Facing Berkshires Heritage.  "Take Another Look: A Photographic Essay on Food Insecurity in Pittsfield" was a moving photographic essay by Nick De Candia on the South Church Food Pantry.  The exhibit was shown at the Massachusetts State House in 2015. 
De Candia taught photography at Berkshire Community College for 32 years and at Southern Vermont College as well as at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He was public relations photographer at Berkshire Medical Center and Hillcrest Hospital. He was also a photo technician and photographer for The Berkshire Eagle and The North Adams Transcript. De Candia was well-known for a biweekly column in the Eagle called, Window in the Berkshires.  His photography has been celebrated in the Berkshires for many years. 
There will be a public reception for Nick De Candia:  A Retrospective on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 2-4pm. 
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is open Wednesday-Friday 11am-3pm or by appointment. 

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