Cincinnati's Award-Winning Photographers
On this episode of SHOWCASE WITH BARBARA KELLAR, award-winning photographers Robert Flischel, Ainsley Kellar and Melvin Grier discuss their careers and portfolios.
Award-winning photographer Robert Flischel is a successful photography business owner and a partner in an independent book publishing company, David-Flischel Enterprises, LLC. He taught photography at Northern Kentucky University and is known for his expertise in historic preservation. Recently, he was awarded The Spirit of Light Award for his commitment to the art and craft of photography over a lifetime. He has written many books over the years, including “Then and Now: Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,” Cincinnati Illuminated: A Photographic Journey,” and “Messages of Glory: the Narrative Art of Roman Catholicism.”
Award-winning photojournalist Melvin Grier says his inspiration started when he won a contest while serving in the U.S. Air Force. From there he pursued his dream of being a professional photographer and was later hired by The Cincinnati Post, where he worked for 33 years. He won 10 different photography awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, on top of receiving many different awards from the Associated Press of Ohio, the Press Club of Cleveland, the United Press International and many more. He also received a lot of media attention for breaking the exhibit attendance records for Kennedy Heights Arts Center for his one-man show, “White People: A Retrospective.”
Award-winning photographer Ainsley Kellar has been featured in 30 gallery exhibits. She has won several Purchase Awards, the Learning Through Art 2010 Kroger Cincinnati Snaps competition, the Frame Cincinnati Photo competition and was selected as an online National Geographic Daily Dozen pick. She was also the inaugural Rising Star award winner, presented by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra for Arts Excellence and Advocacy. Furthermore, her work, "Ava By The Window" was a finalist in a contest hosted by PDN magazine and was featured in their November 2013 issue. It was exhibited at the 2013 PDN PhotoPlus Expo in New York and was seen by 23,000 attendees.