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An evening with noted photographer Reza


National Geographic and the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops present


An evening with noted photographer Reza and bestselling author Sebastian Junger


7 p.m. Thursday, December 4

The Lensic, Santa Fe's Performing Arts Center


Reza -
Afghanistan, 1985. A group of village children imitate Reza,
playing at being photographers.


The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops partners with National Geographic to bring together the award-winning photojournalist and humanitarian Reza and bestselling writer Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm and Fire, for an evening of spectacular images and compelling conversation.


Reza has devoted his life to bearing witness through his camera to the struggles and hopes of oppressed people around the world. Culled from a 30-year chronicle of his travels to places of conflict, this remarkable photographer will share with the Santa Fe community a selection of exquisite images that pair turmoil with hope, joy with despair.


Joining Reza is Sebastian Junger, who has traveled the world in his pursuit of covering life on the edge as a photojournalist for such publications as National Geographic, Newsweek and Time. Following an unforgettable journey through war-torn Afghanistan with Reza in the fall of 2000, he was chosen to write the introduction to the recently published book, REZA WAR + PEACE, (National Geographic Focal Point) which follows Reza's courageous career to the frontlines of war and areas of unrest. A book signing of Reza War + Peace, with a foreword by Sebastian Junger, will follow the program.

RezaReza's journey has taken him from his native Iran, where he was jailed and tortured because of his photography, to dozens of countries gripped by turmoil - from Kurdistan to Egypt, Lebanon to Turkey, China to Israel, Somalia to South Africa. Through his lens, which captures not just conflict, but friendship, loyalty, family life and love, he takes us to such regions as northern Pakistan, where cultural shock and mutual incomprehension are deepening the gap between the American military and people in the tribal zones; Libya, a country making strides in economic and social well-being, but not in basic freedoms; Saudi Arabia, ruled by oil-rich princes whose opulent lives are in stark contrast to those of the "guest workers" who serve them; and Afghanistan, whose land and people have deeply touched Reza, helping him find his way in the labyrinth of his own nomadic life.


The evening's proceeds will benefit PHOTO TEENS - a program hosted by The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops to inspire Santa Fe high school students in their pursuit of photography.



Photo Teens is a fully funded program that brings photography to Santa Fe high school students at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. The program begins with a weeklong photography workshop each summer and continues with three group meetings for critiques on Saturdays in October, January, and April. Each year a new group of 12 young photographers is chosen for the program. Michael Webb, photography teacher at Monte del Sol Charter School, heads the program with guests from the Santa Fe photographic community contributing their expertise. Thanks to the generosity of a local family, there is no cost to take part in Photo Teens for the next three years.



Photographer Reza and author Sebastian Junger: A Conversation

7 p.m. Thursday, December 4

The Lensic, Santa Fe's Performing Arts Center

$20, $10, $5 (students with ID)

Call The Lensic: 505-988-1234


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