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Artist Talk: Lou Jones and the panAFRICAproject

March 25 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$7 – $12

We are honored to have Lou Jones present the panAFRICAproject at The Griffin Museum of Photography.

panAFRICAproject Mission Statement:

The mission of panAFRICAproject is to create a contemporary, visual portrait of modern Africa. Using photography and heretofore unavailable technologies, panAFRICAproject will establish a repository of images that represents each of the 54 individual countries devoid of the preconceived, western notions of distress: conflict, pestilence and poverty, i.e. violence tourism. We intend to accurately document the highlights and inner workings of the most progressive twenty-first century continent.

By enlisting input from local leaders, knowledgeable natives, and the working citizenry, we will seek out the characteristics that make each country, region, community, and tribe unique. With emphasis on cultural identity, industrial progress, educational advances, medical practices, high tech sophistication, and indigenous traditions, we will always allow internal interests to inform our coverage. Although there is no intention to avoid the problems when and where they are prevalent or avoid the important tourist cliches, our impetus is to place a mirror up to the current human condition and celebrate life as it is for those living it, and all the love and innovation and balance and ordinary spirit.

About Lou Jones:

Lou Jones specializes in location photography for corporate and editorial clients like Aetna, Federal Express, Nike and National Geographic. He has completed assignments in 50 countries and 48 out of the 50 United States, photographing royalty and the third world, the sacred and profane.

With a lifelong passion for photojournalism and social documentary, Jones has worked with institutions like Amnesty International, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, and the Barr Foundation. He has photographed jazz legends like Miles Davis, athletes like Willie Mays and Roger Clemens, celebrities Orson Welles and Matt Damon, twelve Olympic Games, and inmates on death row.

Lou Jones has exhibited his eclectic fine art imagery in multiple colleges and schools such as Harvard, Phillips Exeter Academy, Texas Tech University and Middle Tennessee State University, with major shows and inclusion in collections at Smithsonian Institution, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Decordova Museum, Gallery Saintonge and the Center for Fine Art Photography.

In 1997, Jones published his first book, Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, which chronicled his six-year odyssey documenting men and women on death rows in the USA. For this Jones received the Ehrmann Award from the Massachusetts Citizens against the Death Penalty. In collaboration with New England College Press, Jones interviewed and photographed 14 imprisoned writers for the book Exiled Voices: Portals of Discovery. In 2006 Jones published travel+PHOTOGRAPHY: off the charts, giving readers travel tips and photography instruction taken from his own adventures. Jones released his fourth book in the spring of 2009, Speedlights and Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed, and is now working on the second edition.

Jones’s work has remained relevant, progressive and current throughout. He has mentored dozens of aspiring artists and documentary photographers. He has been an advocate for artist’s business, legal and historical rights, and visual literacy in all corners of our daily lives. Recently he has embarked on his most ambitious long term works: www.DowntownCrossingProject.photography and www.panAFRICAproject.org.


March 25
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$7 – $12
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