Magnum Photographer Visits RIT on Jan. 13




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Internationally renowned photographer Larry Towell will discuss his remarkable insights on the Mennonites during a presentation at Rochester Institute of Technology, sponsored by RIT?s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and the National Press Photographers Association student chapter.

A member of the exclusive photographic agency, Magnum, Towell will share intimate photographs of his contact with the migrant Mennonites in Canada and Mexico. The images represent 10 years spent documenting the activities of this persecuted and nonconforming religious sect. He will also discuss his previous works, featuring observations on human rights, Third World countries, Latin Ameican history and Palestine.

"Larry Towell's work is always a wonderful balance between documentary content, art and experience," says Loret Steinberg, SPAS associate professor. "It may sound corny these days, but he genuinely hopes to share what he's seen so that the rest of us might be moved toward understanding, feeling and, hopefully, involvement."

Towell has exhibited broadly throughout North America and Europe. His work is housed in major collections and has appeared in publications such as The New York Times and Life. Towell has received numerous photography honors that include several World Press and Picture of the Year awards.

The lecture is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, in the Chester A. Carlson Center for Imaging Science auditorium on RIT's Henrietta campus. Towell will be available for a book-signing session following his presentation.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 475-2770.