August 1 – October 31, 2003
An Artist's Reception will be held on Thursday, September 11, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Please call the Griffin Museum at 781-729-1158 for more information.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the Griffin Museum is hosting a slide lecture by Mr. Gurewitz on Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. Focusing on the isolated and ancient culture of Mustang and the spectacular Himalayan landscape, Mr. Gurewitz will discuss his trek and the photographic problems he encountered. Admission to the lecture is $7.00 for Museum members; $10 for non-members.
Mr. Gurewitz’s images were taken during a 2000 trek to the Kingdom of Mustang, a semi-secret, semi-independent and semi-feudal region of Nepal. Nestled in the Himalayas at 13,000 feet and located on the border with Tibet, Mustang has been closed to the outside world until very recently and still requires special permission to cross its borders. It is the only surviving continuous Tibetan monarchy and due to its near total isolation is perhaps the “purest” surviving Tibetan culture in the world. It is a wild, remote and starkly beautiful region and ancient culture that few Westerners have ever seen.
A long-time Cambridge resident and political and trade union activist, Mr. Gurewitz makes his living as a machinist for General Electric Co. in Lynn, MA. While investigating labor issues in Central America during the civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua in the 1980’s, Mr. Gurewitz taught himself photography as a way to document what he saw and felt. An inveterate world traveler whose wanderings have taken him to more than fifty countries on five continents, Mr. Gurewitz photographs the experiences of ordinary people in far off places, capturing and appreciating their daily lives. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, he was most recently named runner-up in Photo Media Magazine’s “World in Focus: Raising Environmental and Cultural Awareness Through Photography” Awards.
The Griffin Museum of Photography is open Tuesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for members and seniors. Children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free to all every Thursday. For more information, call 781-729-1158, or visit www.griffinmuseum.org.