"Uphill" by Janet Century.

Century Exhibits “Little Prints and Princesses”

Internationally-known, award-winning photographer Janet Century has photographed children worldwide for over 25 years. A solo exhibit of her pictures, titled “Little Prints and Princesses,” will open with a reception at Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28.

Photographing children “captures an essential element of what it means to be human,” Century says. “Embodied in the unpretentious body language characteristic of a child’s un-self consciousness is a message we can all relate to, regardless of our age or life experience.”

Trained as a sociologist, Century received her B.A. from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She also attended Cleveland’s Cooper School of Art and the Gestalt Institute. Her background in behavioral sciences informs her art, allowing her to see the world with a compassionate viewpoint that illuminates the human condition and teaches us something about ourselves. For Century, the challenge is to capture what lies beneath the surface while photographing only the surface.

Century has been photographing professionally since the late 1970s. Her extensive experience includes corporate, editorial and fine art photography. Her corporate clients include the Cleveland Clinic, Great Lakes Publishing and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her photos can also be seen in local and national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. In 2002, she received the Excellence in Journalism Award from The Press Club of Cleveland.  

Century exhibits her work frequently in juried and solo shows and has received worldwide recognition for her art. Past exhibits include the Cleveland Museum of Art 1983 May Show, where she received first place in photography; the 2005 Black and White Spider Awards for excellence in black and white photography, where she received honorable mention for two photographs; the 2006 Art of Photography Show in San Diego, California; and “Cinema 01,” an exhibit of cinema-inspired artwork at the Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery in Cleveland. In 2005, Century’s photograph “Embrace” won first place in the lifestyle category of the Women in Photography International’s “Beauty: Camera Eye of the Beholder” competition, an international online juried photographic exhibition. 

Century has also made forays into the literary world. She collaborated with Diane Tittle on the lavishly illustrated book “A Walk in the Park: Greater Cleveland’s New and Reclaimed Green Spaces.” Her work is also represented in two prestigious photographic anthologies, “The World’s Greatest Black and White Photography No. 1”and “10,000 Eyes: The American Society of Magazine Photographers’ Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Photography.” Other photography credits include “Images of the Heart,” Cleveland’s Bicentennial collection, “To Heal a Nation,” a photo essay book about the Vietnam War Memorial, and “Steel Town Story,” commemorating Kobe Steel’s 100 year anniversary.  

Century resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and runs her own photography studio based in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood. An online portfolio of her work may be viewed at her website: www.janetcentury.com.

Century’s exhibit will run through May 31. It is free and open to the public, and may be viewed during library hours: Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m. After May 13, check the library website, NotreDameCollege.edu/library, for summer hours.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Karen Zoller, director of the Clara Fritzsche Library, at 216.373.5267 or at kzoller@ndc.edu.