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Exhibit shows photography as means to insight, personal transformation

by UofL Today last modified Mar 01, 2011 01:57 PM

For 20 years, photographers Carole Elchert, Phyllis Banis and Andrea Van Vorhis have traveled to and photographed the land and cultural aspects of the American West, Asia, Europe and Africa.

Exhibit shows photography as means to insight, personal transformation

Tibetan Girl in Red by Phyllis Banis

They bring together images from their separate journeys into the joint exhibit “Converging In-Sight: Photographs of Pilgrimages on Four Continents.”

The exhibit opens Tuesday, March 1, in the Media Resources area of Ekstrom Library (main floor), and ends Friday, April 1. The artists will give free, public April 1 at noon in the library’s Chao Auditorium.

Elchert will discuss the significance of the exhibit’s themes of return, remembering, renewal and revisioning. She also will talk about seeing, perception and the camera as an artistic tool. The combined artistic vision of the three photographers is that “anyone can gain insights and personal transformation through the ‘seeing’ function of the lens of a camera.”

Elchert has had exhibits of her photographs from Tibet in such locations as New York, London, Melbourne and Los Angeles. Some are included in the permanent collection of Chicago’s Field Museum.

Banis, a Louisvillian, will talk about landscapes “dos and don’ts.” She has studied with several prominent landscape photographers and worked with them in the field.

Following their presentation, Van Vorhis, whose work focuses on the American West, will join Elchert and Banis for a gallery walk with attendees to discuss the exhibited work and answer questions.

“Converging In-Sight” is a Women’s History Month event, sponsored by the Women’s Center, Ekstrom Library and the Women 4 Women student chapter. Parking is available in the Speed Museum parking garage.

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