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Joynes Event: Intersections in Photography No. 7: Portraits

Tue, April 2, 2013
Joynes Event:  Intersections in Photography No. 7: Portraits

Intersections in Photography No. 7: Portraits

What makes a portrait? Is a portrait the creation of the photographer alone, or a collaboration between subject and artist? What balance must a photographer strike between a personal creative expression and an accurate reflection of the subject? How much of a person’s identity—her environment, personality, and experiences—can be conveyed through the visual medium of photography?

Three uniquely talented photographers will show their work and discuss their approaches to picturing people, from strangers encountered on distant assignments to immediate family in the intimacy of the home.

Louie Palu is an award winning documentary photographer. His work has been widely exhibited, and published in the New Yorker, The New York TimesTIME, The Atlantic and elsewhere. His accolades include a National Magazine Award, Pulitzer Center For Crisis Reporting Grant, Hasselblad Master Award and many other honors. His work is in several collections including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the National Gallery of Canada. He is best known for his long-term projects, which include bodies of work examining gold mining communities in Canada, the conflict in Kandahar Afghanistan and the drug war in Mexico.

In 1988, Larry Towell joined the world’s premiere photography agency, Magnum Photos. He has worked extensively throughout Central America and the Middle East, as well as in India and Vietnam. His most recent book is an intimate album of photographs taken in and around his farmhouse in rural Ontario. Towell’s photo essays have been published in The New York Times, Life, Rolling Stone and elsewhere, and he has produced no fewer than thirteen books, with another monograph on Afghanistan forthcoming from Aperture in fall of 2013. Also a poet and folk musician, Larry has released several albums.

Sarah Wilson’s documentary projects explore life in Texas, from the pageantry of the Juneteenth Battle of the Bands, to the exuberance of Prom night at the Texas School for the Blind, to the devastation of wildfires in Bastrop, to the consequences of a hate crime that threatened to fragment the East Texas town of Jasper. She works as an assignment photographer for publications including the New York Times Sunday MagazineTexas MonthlyAtlantic MonthlyTIME and others. Work from Wilson’s personal projects has been acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, and the Lishui Photography Museum of China.


Reception starts at 6 p.m., with slide presentations at 7 p.m. 

Joynes Reading Room
Carothers Building, 2501 Whitis Avenue on the University of Texas Campus

Free and Open to the Public
(512) 471-5787 for more information


Sponsored by the Mary Lu Joynes Endowment in the Plan II Honors Program and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

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