Photo exhibition looks for 1,000 faces

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A picture is worth a thousand words. Have you ever thought about what a picture of you might say? The Thousand People of Genoa photo exhibit features the faces of people from Genoa, Italy. It's on display right now at the Cultural Arts Center, John Glenn International Airport, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The photographer behind the project, Emanuele Timothy Costa, says he hopes to tell the story of a city through the people who live there. He also says you can learn someone's story simply by looking into their eyes.

“There's a ton of beauty that just crosses by us and we just miss it, so the goal was to capture them and to show to everybody,” said Costa.

The idea for this project began when Costa was working as a young photographer. While telling the stories of his community, he grew increasingly passionate about photography and realized his city could be best represented by the grace and humanity of its people, thus inspiring him to create the #ThousandPeople project.

Costa will recreate this work with new subjects, from throughout Central Ohio, in a new exhibit - Thousand People of Columbus.

  • Thursday, March 29: The Cultural Arts Center hosts Artist Talk Series featuring Emanuele Timothy Costa, 139 W. Main St, Columbus, OH 43215, Noon-1PM. Ciao-Columbus International Affairs Opportunities also presents happy hour and portrait session with Costa, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the center.
  • Thursday, April 5: Columbus Museum of Art highlights Emanuele Timothy Costa during the Think Like an Artist event from 5-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 8: Emanuele Timothy Costa will take portraits at Shadowbox Live, 503 S Front St #260, Columbus, OH 43215, 6-7 p.m., before the show, The Dream.

The Thousand People of Columbus will be displayed in Genoa, Italy next year.