Roger Wyan to show retrospective photography exhibition

Local photographer Roger Wyan is scheduled to open an exhibit this month showcasing his finest work over his nearly 30-year career as a photographer.

Called “Upon Reflection,” the exhibit at the Merced Multi-Cultural Arts Center represents Wyan’s work from his years as a newspaper photographer through his present-day documentary portrait projects. “Photography has taught me to slow down, to take the time to observe and reflect upon the people and places in which I live or travel. The process of making images is very meditative for me,” Wyan said in a press release.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Merced Multi-Cultural Arts Center. The exhibit will run through Jan. 3.

Highlighted in the exhibition are the photographer’s key in-depth projects, including “Common Ground: Portraits from California’s Central Valley” (1997-98) black-and-white portraits capturing the grand diversity of the Central Valley; his large-scale stark portraits of UC Merced’s first students entitled “Transitions” (2006-07), which captures the wide-eyed spirit and vulnerability of youths embarking on their college careers; and his very moving “Sacred Space” (2008-09), addressing the profound end-of-life experience of hospice patients and their families, according to the release.

The exhibition explores dominant themes in Wyan’s career – cultures, ethnicity, everyday people and the human face as a complex photographic canvas. Wyan owns his own portrait photography studio at 1812 Canal St. in Merced. For more information, call (209) 631-6692 or visit