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"Them: Portraits from Iraq and Afghanistan" - Photographer Sean Hemmerle lecture and book signing, October 26, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Photographer Sean Hemmerle will speak about his photo series "Them," a portrait series of Iraqis and Afghans, on Thursday, October 26, 6:00 pm in New England Building, 206. This event is free and open to the public.

Each subject is portrayed frontally with no direction from the artist, allowing the individuals photographed to (re)present themselves. After witnessing the 9/11 attacks Hemmerle felt another response to these events was necessary and travelled to Afghanistan and Iraq where he shot a series of portraits. His resulting images are compassionate studies of people under attack by his own government.

Sean Hemmerle is a New York based photographer whose work ranges from international conflict zones to deserted industrial towns in the United States. His conflict images span over 10 years, beginning with the World Trade Center collapse, and continuing with sites such as Kabul, Baghdad, Gaza, Juarez and Beirut. Closer to home, Hemmerle has created award-winning photographs that reflect the pathos and poetry of U.S. Rust Belt areas in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Gary, and Albany.

This event is sponsored by PHOCUS and co-sponsored by the History Department.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, October 11, 2017