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Bard Professor and Internationally Renowned Photojournalist Gilles Peress Exhibits Work in Schenectady

Jennifer Wai-Lan Huang
 Image Credit: ┬ęGilles Peress/Magnum

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Gilles Peress, Bard College visiting professor of human rights and photography and internationally renowned photojournalist, is exhibiting work in Art or Evidence: The Power of Photojournalism, on view from January 3 through March 10 at the Mandeville Gallery, Union College in Schenectady, New York. This exhibition features Peress’s portfolio Flashpoints, which includes work from the conflicts in Northern Ireland, Iran, Rwanda, and Bosnia. Peress sees his work as “gathering evidence for history” rather than art, though the forensic nature of his photography is a mere fraction of its meaning. Thirteen additional photojournalists are included, whose work ranges from the battlefield to the social and political spheres of contemporary life. Free and open to the public. For more information, please call (518) 388-8360 or visit

“The photojournalist’s practice is a complex (and dangerous) pursuit in the name of providing not a single truth, but knowledge to the public,” writes the exhibition’s curator Marie Costello. “The images resulting form a part of the public memory and often impact the public’s aspirations for the future as well. An iconic photograph can last in the memory far longer than the text it was originally tethered to. If this process is at times imperfect, indeed occasionally a pure deception, it remains profoundly important to the public discourse.”



PHOTO CAPTION: Gilles Peress. "First snow in Ardoyne, a Nationalist neighborhood, Belfast, Ireland, 1981." Silver print from Flashpoints: Selected Images of Gilles Peress produced by Double Elephant Editions, New York, 1997. Union College Permanent Collection.
PHOTO CREDIT: ©Gilles Peress/Magnum

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This event was last updated on 01-14-2013