Beautiful fountains with rainbow across them

A Story in One Picture

LA rainbow of Hope and Promise hovering over a child on her bike near The Fountain of Lights.

Artist, photographer, and documentarian Andy Snow ’05 (Midwest, MA in Digital Media) has been using the city of Dayton as the backdrop for his visual storytelling, passionately capturing the city’s heart, heat, and style in stunning photographs. Snow’s photography of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the Dayton Ballet, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra has cemented his standing as “artist laureate,” affirming Snow as a vital contributor to Dayton’s long-standing artistic heritage. The Ohio Arts Council is honoring Snow’s four-decade career with the 2020 Governor’s Award in the Individual Artist Category.

Beginning in the 1980’s, Snow’s work landed in the pages of TIME, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, National Geographic, Ohio Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. “I worked through every single magazine you could think of when there were real magazines on paper and no screens,” Snow says. He has also produced portraits of iconic figures such as Dayton’s own Roger Troutman, Jimmy Stewart, Ray Bradbury, Wendell Berry, Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Walter Cronkite, Bonnie Raitt, Renée Fleming, Richard Holbrooke, and Al Gore.

In 1993, Snow published Location Photography Secrets, a captivating collection showcasing his magazine work. Snow’s historic project Watershed, Then&Now, a commemoration of the great flood of 1913 in the Miami Valley of western Ohio, was honored as one of 20 Best Projects of 2013 by the American Society of Media Photographers.

Intricate. Bold. Luminous. Sublime. Snow’s sensitive eye captures the heart of his subjects—highlighting the spaces that are alive and teeming with personality and color.

“I want to tell the story in one picture,” Snow says.
—Antoinette Wiley (Los Angeles, MFA Candidate)