Let's Talk About Art: Football and photography

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This is a biweekly series about art and artists in the region. Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts serves the community through arts education, exhibitions and artist resources.

Pittsburgh artist Cynthia Zordich is, among other things, the wife of a former NFL player and coach. She is also the mother of three -- two of whom are football players, including 23-year-old Michael Zordich, a Penn State grad who recently signed with the Carolina Panthers but is now out for the season with an injury, and his younger brother, Alex, a senior at the University of Buffalo.

Ms. Zordich has had a successful career as a portrait photographer, a graphic designer and an educator. Her latest book, featuring her photos and text by Bill Lyon, is "When the Clock Runs Out." It's about the life-changing transition of ending an athletic career.

Her work is part of "Pigment & Silver," a photography exhibit at Filmmakers Galleries in Oakland that showcases advanced work by five students. Her show incorporates oversized images of athletes printed on newspaper (the sports pages, naturally) and then layered with text from her book.

Although she was an accomplished photographer, she wanted to challenge herself with more experimental techniques offered in the advanced classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

"There was so much more I wanted to do with my work," says Ms. Zordich. "I remember feeling stifled."

She also holds therapeutic photography workshops for middle-school after-school programs.

"I incorporate ways of using photography to help kids work through their pressing issues," she says. "What I love most is that they get a clearer picture of what's going on in the inside. They learn to be more empathic to each other's differences."

She is working on another book about the spouses of professional football players.

"Pigment & Silver" runs through Sept. 13. Admission is free.

Information: www.pittsburgharts.org.



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