Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Works by renowned Photojournalist Larry Towell document El Salvador, Palestine and migrant mennonite workers

Ottawa, Canada - April 23, 2001


 Le célèbre photojournaliste Larry Towell présente ses oeuvres documentaires sur le Salvador, la Palestine et la communauté des mennonites 
A new exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography will feature some eighty works by internationally-renowned photojournalist Larry Towell. Larry Towell: Projects 1985-2000 surveys the photographer's career and focuses on three major subjects of current interest: El Salvador, Palestine, and migrant Mennonite workers. The exhibition will be on view at CMCP from 25 April to 8 July 2001. Admission is free.

The media are invited to a special tour of the exhibitions Larry Towell: Projects 1985-2000 and Diana Thorneycroft: The Body, its lesson and camouflage on Thursday 26 April from 10 am to 12 noon. Pierre Dessureault, Associate Curator, CMCP will be available for interviews on Larry Towell's work.

Towell's photojournalism is remarkable not only for its technical excellence but also for its profound treatment of the issues explored. Instead of capturing the "official" story, Towell documents everyday people caught up in the turbulent vagaries of history. He captures them in the immediacy of the moment, but also situates them in the continuity of events over time. Whether documenting those living through the upheavals in El Salvador, the Intifada in Palestine, or the slow extinction of a Mennonite community, Towell's compassion is obvious. His position doesn't reflect a particular ideology; it is a grassroots perspective formed as he unflaggingly follows his subjects in their daily lives, often over several years.

In 1988 Larry Towell was the first Canadian to become a member of the prestigious Magnum Photos Agency created by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour and George Rodger after WWII to defend a form of photojournalism that truly bore witness to the events of the times. Towell's award-winning photo features have been published by major newspapers and magazines, including Life, Esquire, Rolling Stone, New York Times Magazine, and The Globe and Mail. He has had eight widely acclaimed books published in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Exhibition-related activities:

Meet the Artist: Thursday 24 May at 6:30 pm Tour the exhibition with Larry Towell. Learn how he uses photojournalism to explore issues of landlessness and the resulting culture of resistance. In English. Bilingual question period. Free.

Meet the Curator Tour: Sunday 10 June at 2 pm Visit the exhibition with Pierre Dessureault, Associate Curator, as he discusses its development process and the importance of Larry Towell's work. In French. Bilingual question period. Free.

Portfolio Review with Larry Towell: Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May, 10 am to 5 pm Experienced photographers looking for expert guidance on works in progress are invited to join Larry Towell for a two-day workshop. Towell will present his own work through slides and will share his experiences preparing his photographs for publication. Participants must be practicing photographers working on projects intended for publication. Towell will demonstrate book dummy-making, and will discuss the importance of sequencing, as well as issues of copyright and authorship. In English with bilingual interpretation. Fee: $250 + $30 materials (Friends $150 + $30 materials). Advance registration required: call 998-8888, or toll free 1-888-541-8888. Max. 12 participants.

Photo Café: Learn about photojournalism while relaxing in a temporary café located in the Museum lobby. A selection of newspapers, news-magazines, Web sites, coffees, teas and cookies will be available for consultation - and consumption! Interpretation will be provided by the Volunteer Circle of the National Gallery of Canada. Fees for food and beverages will apply.

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