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Photography Program presents

The Photography Program Presents Wendy Ewald

Monday, February 3, 2014

[The Photography Program Presents Wendy Ewald]
Wendy Ewald was born in Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Phillips Academy in 1969 and attended Antioch College between 1969–74, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied photography with Minor White. She embarked on a career teaching photography to children and young people internationally. In 1969 & 1970, she taught photography to Innuand Mi'kmaq Native-American children in Canada. Between 1976–80 she taught photography and film-making to students in Whitesburg, Kentucky, in association with Appalshop, a media co-op. In 1982, she traveled to Ráquira, Colombia on a Fulbright fellowship working with children and community groups; spending a further two years in Gujarat, India.

Her work is directed toward "helping children to see" and using the "camera as a tool for expression". In recent years Ewald has produced a number of conceptual installations—for example, in Margate, England and in Amherst, Mass.—making use of large scale photographic banners. Ewald was one of the founders of the Half Moon Photography Workshop in the East End of London; and in 1989 she created the "Literacy through Photography" programmes in Houston, Texas, and Durham, North Carolina. In 1992, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

She is currently senior research associate at the Center for International Studies at Duke University, visiting artist at Amherst College and director of the Literacy through Photography International program and artist in residence at the Duke University Center for International Studies.

In 2011, Ewald coordinated a project in Israel. She gave cameras to owners of stalls and stores at the Mahane Yehuda marketplace in Jerusalem, Arab women and gypsies in Jerusalem's Old City, schoolchildren in Nazareth, residents of Hebron, Negev Bedouin and high-tech employees in Tel Aviv. This was Ewald's first attempt to document an entire country, and the first use of digital cameras and color photography in her international projects.

In 2010, Ewald received a Visionary Woman Award from Moore College of Art & Design.

For more information, call 845-758-7813, e-mail dbush@bard.edu,
or visit http://literacythroughphotography.wordpress.com/wendy-ewald/.

Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema