January 19, 2006
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Wendy Ewald, internationally recognized photographer and artist in residence at Amherst College, will present an exhibition of her work in the Eli Marsh Gallery in Fayerweather Hall at Amherst College from Monday, Jan. 30 until Sunday, Feb. 19. Ewald will give a lecture on her work in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6. Ewald’s lecture is free and open to the public.
For more than 30 years, Ewald’s work has challenged the traditional and cultural ideas of the photographer and the photographed. By encouraging her subjects, often children, to actively participate in the photographing and developing processes, Ewald continually redefines the concept of who makes the image. After working with children in collaborative projects in Raquira, Colombia and Gujarat, India, Ewald founded the Literacy through Photography program in Durham, N.C., which fosters youth expression of personal visions and aspirations through the photograph.
Ewald studied photography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Minor White and received her B.A. degree in fine arts from Antioch College in 1974. Ewald has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Centre for Photography as an Art Form in Bombay and Nederlands Foto Instituut in Rotterdam. Her many honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Fulbright Commission.