Photos of Monroe Community Hospital Veterans by John Retallack

Gilbert Herrick“Photographs of the Veterans: A Portrait of Monroe Community Hospital,” by Rochester photographer John W. Retallack, is on display from January 21 through March 30 in Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester Medical Center. All photographs were taken on location at Monroe Community Hospital (MCH), home to over five hundred long-term care and rehabilitation patients.

Retallack’s goal in creating and exhibiting this series of color images is to show the irrepressible human spirit. “None of them were generals. They were the people who got their hands dirty; they did their duty. At that time there was no real choice; if you didn’t volunteer, you were drafted. Later they were mothers and fathers; aunts and uncles. Now…they are residents of Monroe Community Hospital and are cared for by the system they helped to preserve.”

Each photograph is one of dozens Retallack has taken at MCH. He describes the time he donates to MCH as his “contribution.” He has photographed the residents, the doctors, nurses and staff, even the building. “Photographs of the Veterans” is his most recent project.

Why photograph veterans? “Because they are significant. Because my dad was a veteran; because I am a veteran…it’s a worthwhile activity.”

John Retallack is retired as Assistant Professor, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology. He taught commercial photography courses in the Photographic Arts Division. John also serves as educational liaison for the Western New York Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers.

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Pictured above: Gilbert Herrick, who will celebrate his 100th birthday in March.

This article was submitted by Susan Andersen.




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