Art and the History of Art


Terras Irradient

Bearing Witness Through Photography


Fazal Sheikh

with Wendy Ewald
and Eric Gottesman
moderated by Lindsay Harris

Wednesday, April 4, 4:30 p.m.
Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather Hall
Amherst College

Drawing its focus from the mission of Amherst College to “give light to the world,” this presentation by Fazal Sheikh, with Wendy Ewald and Eric Gottesman, will explore how photography investigates and represents displaced communities and has the potential to improve their lives.

Image: Fazal Sheikh, Sahan Mohamout Hussein and her daughter Leila, Feeding center, Somali refugee camp, Mandera, Kenya, 1993.  Gelatin silver print.  16 x 11 ½ in.  From Portraits (Steidl, 2011).  Mead Art Museum, Gift of Fazal Sheikh in memory of Allan P. Albert (Class of 1967)

Fazal Sheikh is a photographer who uses portraiture to bring to light the identity and circumstances of the world’s displaced people. His solemn portraits eschew the predatory nature of photojournalism, which thrives on brutal images of violence, poverty, and helplessness, to reveal individual stories of human dignity under devastating circumstances.

A display of photographs will follow the presentation 5:30–7:00 p.m.
William Green Study Room, Mead Art Museum


Sponsored by the Department of Art and the History of Art, in cooperation with The Mead Art Museum
with generous support from the Lamont Fund and the office of the President, Amherst College.

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