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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Haiti Exhibit by Award-Winning Photographer Opens at LLILAS

Posted: February 9, 2011
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LLILAS will host its first photo exhibit, Haiti between Destruction and Hope, by acclaimed photographer Maggie Steber, Feb. 23–Apr. 8, 2011. The exhibit features a series of composite images of post-earthquake Port-au-Prince.

After the January 12, 2010, earthquake, Steber photographed the destruction along a quarter-mile stretch of the Boulevard Jean-Jacques Dessalines—commonly known as the Grande Rue—a busy street that serves as both a commercial and cultural center in Haiti’s capital. The resulting composite image, which was featured in the New York Times’s coverage of the earthquake, depicts collapsed colonial buildings, local business owners, police guards, and a flurry of activity in the heart of Port-au-Prince. Accompanying the Grande Rue composites will be a selection of photographs that highlight not only physical devastation but also hope and human agency in the face of disaster.

Maggie Steber is a University of Texas graduate in journalism who has worked as a documentary photographer in 61 countries. Her longtime work in Haiti received the prestigious Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant and the Ernst Haas Grant. A collection of the Haiti photographs was published in Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti, by Aperture. She was a contract photographer for Newsweek magazine for four years and has worked for several press agencies as well as the Associated Press in New York as a photo editor.  Steber is an internationally awarded photographer whose work appears regularly in National Geographic magazine, the New York Times Magazine and daily, the New Yorker, Smithsonian, and many other American and European magazines. She has served as a judge for the World Press Photo Foundation and the Alicia Patterson Foundation on four occasions, and on numerous other judging panels.

According to LLILAS Director Charles Hale, the “exhibit is the product of a fortunate convergence of a series of factors. The first is the annual Lozano Long Conference, a major event drawing on faculty members from across the university.  This year, the conference theme is ‘Social Consequences of Natural Disasters.’  Between February 23 and 25 a broadly interdisciplinary group of scholars and students, from UT and internationally, will gather to discuss this topic.  Second is our direct contact with professional photographer Maggie Steber, a UT alum, with years of experience working in Haiti. . . .The third factor is that LLILAS is making a concerted programmatic commitment to complement scholarly programs with promotion and display of creative/artistic work, such as these photographs.” Haiti between Destruction and Hope is the first in what we hope will be a series of art exhibits that highlight themes relevant to our teaching and research. We are especially pleased to host the first public exhibit of the Grand Rue photographs.

Location: LLILAS, SRH 1, 3rd floor
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 5:00–6:30 p.m.

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