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Lecture series resumes April 9 with photography talk

Posted 03/31/14

Children on the beach with a boatFitchburg State University’s Communications Media Lecture Series continues in April with a presentation by award-winning photographer Lou Jones, who will discuss “Designing A Creative Life in Photography.” The lecture will be given Wednesday, April 9 at 3:30 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free.

The profession of photography can be embraced for commercial or aesthetic reasons. A person can take pictures for art or money. But what if you could use photography as a vehicle on which to build your creative life? This talk will tackle the task of giving your life political, social, economic, and personal directions, such as how to overcome your fears and initiate diverse and provocative creative projects, with photography as the core.

Jones’ eclectic career has evolved from commercial to the personal. It has spanned every format, film type, artistic movement and technological change.  He maintains a studio in Boston, Massachusetts and has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations including Federal Express, Nike and the Barr Foundation; completed assignments for magazines and publishers all over the world such as Time/Life, National Geographic and Paris Match; initiated long term projects on the civil wars in Central America, death row, Olympics Games and pregnancy; and published multiple books including Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row, Travel & Photography: Off the Charts and the recently released second edition of  Speedlights & Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography at Lightspeed. Jones has served on the boards of directors of numerous photographic associations, societies and museums, such as the American Society of Media Photographers, Photographic Resource Center and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Nikon has honored him as a “Legend Behind the Lens” and Lowepro named him one of their “Champions.” Jones’ work is included in collections at the Smithsonian Institution, deCordova Museum, Fogg Museum, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Wellesley College and the University of Texas. His work has remained relevant, progressive and current throughout.  He has mentored dozens of aspiring artists and documentary photographers. He has been an advocate for artists’ business, legal and historical rights, and visual literacy in all corners of our daily lives.

Jones’ very informative and often funny presentation is about the thinking and preparation required in making photography one’s profession. It offers lessons for all creative professionals regarding the commitment and struggles involved to making any creative profession into one’s career.

The lecture series, now in its third year, is organized by Professor Stephen Goldstein and presented with support from Fitchburg State’s Ruth Butler Grant.

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