Artist Lecture: “Photography Matters: Lessons from a Life of Camera-led Connecting and Reporting” from Photographer Donna DeCesare

Olin, 104
75 Russell Street
Lewiston, ME 04240
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Thursday, March 2nd from 6:00 – 7:00pm

Lauded documentary photographer and author Donna DeCesare will discuss her work in the arts and journalism on March 2 at 6 p.m.  Three of DeCesare’s photographs are on view in the museum’s current exhibition Expressions of Compassion: Selections from the Barbara Morris Goodbody Photography Collection.

DeCesare is known best for her coverage of gangs in the US and Central America and her work with former child soldiers in Guatemala and Columbia as well as other at-risk groups of children.  She is Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, a  consultant to the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University and a Master Teacher with the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation for Latin American Journalism.

DeCesare work has been exhibited widely and internationally in venues including Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan, France; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China; the Museo Tecleño, El Salvador; the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany;  the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Annenberg Space for Photography; Los Angeles; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC;  the Brooklyn Museum, New York; and others.

DeCesare is a 2013 Recipient of the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Award for outstanding reporting in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Her other honors include top awards from Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association, the Dorothea Lange / Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Mother Jones Award for Social Documentary Photography, several Open Society Foundations grants and fellowships, and a Fulbright Fellowship. DeCesare is the author of Unsettled / Desasosiego: Children in a World of Gang, published by University of Texas Press.