Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international photo and multimedia journalists, curated by yours truly, Gina Genis, is currently on view at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. They have all won top honors in their field, including Pultizers and Emmys. This is the best of photojournalism from around the globe.
How do journalists decompress from the stress of being placed in war zones and natural disasters? What do they choose to photograph on their own time? Wide Angle View exhibits 120 photographs, placing five assignment images next to five personal images to show us the human behind the lens. Twenty one films, including Altered Oceans (Pulitzer) by Rick Loomis, and Trapped: Mental Illness in America’s Prisons (Pulitzer) by Ackerman Gruber can be viewed in our media room.
The opening reception on February 5, was a smashing success. Over 1,300 people attended. Rick Loomis, Sandy Huffaker, and Heidi Laughton, all exhibiting work were gracious meeting and answering questions from the crowd. Many other journalists planned on attending, but were sent on assignment to cover the upheaval in Egypt, the cyclone in Australia, or the Super Bowl.
The exhibit runs through March 26, so there is still time to come to OCCCA and see it. The catalog is available online at http://www.lulu.com/browse/search.php?&fKeywords=wide+angle+view as a soft cover book or a pdf download.
“Wide Angle View promises to be a compelling exhibition, blurring the boundaries of photojournalists’ assignments and personal photographs. It is hard not to be consumed by the images and become drawn into each narrative, giving viewers the opportunity to experience a full spectrum of our humanity.” – Grace Kook-Anderson, Curator, Laguna Art Museum
Included in the exhibit are: Abir Abdullah, Ackerman Gruber, David Bathgate, Christopher Booker, Michael Robinson Chavez, Carolyn Cole, Deanne Fitzmaurice, Sandy Huffaker, Pierre Kattar, Omar Khalifa, Heidi Laughton, Rick Loomis, Benjamin Lowy, Donald Miralle, Hazel Thompson, and Tim Wimborne.
Wide Angle View at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, February 4 – March 26, 2011. Opening reception Feb 5, 2011, 6 – 10 pm. Free and open to the public.
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