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“America Seen” Photography Lecture Scheduled


The Department of American Studies at St. John Fisher College will host the third annual "America Seen" photography lecture on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. The 2011 lecture will be given by Danny Wilcox Frazier, one of the country's most acclaimed documentary photographers. The lecture will take place in Basil 135, and is free and open to the public.

In his book, Driftless, Frazier's dramatic black-and-white photographs portray the changing natural and social landscapes of his home state of Iowa. Driftless was the recipient of the 2006 Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman Foundation First Book Prize.

Frazier will also be showing selections from two recent projects. In "Surviving Wounded Knee," Frazier turns his camera to one of the most economically depressed regions in the country.

In "A Detroit Requiem," Frazier explores the decline and the resilience of Detroit, a city that "incites many emotions within America's conscience." Originally sent on assignment by Mother Jones magazine to document the numerous ways in which Detroit was a failed city, Frazier soon recognized that "Detroit is a city that still has much greatness to offer," and his photographs reveal the tension between hope and despair in the residents of that proud and forlorn city.

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