Gerry Szymanski is a commercial and fine art photographer who specializes in portraits. Honored four times with the City Newspaper's reader's poll as Best of Rochester Local Photographer (2010, 2011 and 2012, 2014 and nominated for 2013 and 2015), he is a familiar presence in Rochester musical and visual arts circles. Current and past clients include the Bachelor Forum, George Eastman Museum, University of Rochester, National Susan B. Anthony House and Museum, Hedonist Chocolates and Ice Cream, Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, Lululemon Athletica, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Crossbridge Financial Services, and Trillium Health.
His portraiture, food photography and environmental images have appeared in POST, City Newspaper, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester Business Journal, Country Living, Downbeat and the upcoming South Wedge Quarterly, among other publications.
Gerry has mounted large solo photography shows at the Orange Glory Café:
Play of Light (2006)
Sacred Fire (2010)
Passing Stranger (2011; also Flour City Bread Co, 2011)
Cloudage (2012; also Starry Nites Cafe, 2015)
Canis lupus familiaris (2013; also Equal=Grounds Coffee House, 2013; Rochester Public Library, 2014; Starry Nites, 2015)
Behold This Swarthy Face (2014; also Hedonist Ice Cream, 2014; Roc Brewing Co., 2014)
The Cocktalians (2015; also Good Luck Restaurant, 2015).
In addition, he had a solo exhibition and tableau at RIT's Gallery R entitled My Picture Gallery (2014) and one at the MUCCC Gallery called At Home at the End of the World (2016).
Upcoming 2016 exhibits include A Clear Midnight (Orange Glory) and A Glimpse (Bachelor Forum).
Musical Clients have included: Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, Curious Flights Chamber Ensemble, Eastman School of Music, First Inversion Chorus, International Viola Congress, International Society of Bassists, International Trombone Festival, Pegasus Early Music, Publick Musick, and Voices Chamber Choir.
Trained in music and library science, Szymanski is a lecturer in the Department of Musicology and manages the 100,000 item collection of sound recordings at the Sibley Music Library. His articles and reviews have been published in NOTES, Music References Services Quarterly, and Rochester Insomniac. He is also an award-winning composer and filmmaker, and manages the Library & Archives at the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley.