Posted: October 18, 2017
World Photographer REZA, November 8, 2017


Lensic Presents

Reza: The Power of Photography for Humanity

Award-Winning National Geographic Photographer and Explorer
Shows Work and Discusses Visual Media and Social Change

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
7 pm

Santa Fe, NM – The Lensic proudly presents National Geographic photojournalist and explorer Reza (Reza Deghati) on Wednesday, November 8.

Reza has traveled the world taking photographs for more than 30 years and believes visual media can be a powerful tool for social change. While witnessing chaos and suffering, he has captured the resilience of the people who endure. His images reveal, with rare sensitivity, that invisible line where joy runs alongside despair and harmony is faced with conflict, but where life always triumphs. Reza’s photos—from Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Sarajevo, Cairo, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and beyond—portray the greatness of humanity.

A Collaboration of The Lensic and IAIA
This event is a collaboration of The Lensic and the Institute of American Indian Arts. In addition to speaking at The Lensic, Reza will talk with students at IAIA on the afternoon of November 8. He will also participate in IAIA’s annual open house and building dedication ceremony on November 6. Reza’s photos will be featured at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts from November 6 to 11.

About Reza
A photojournalist (primarily for National Geograhic), philanthropist, idealist, humanist, and architect by training, Reza lives to photograph another day. For the past 30 years, he has traveled the world bearing witness to moments of war and peace. He is committed to training women and children, through worldwide workshops, in visual media and communications to help them strive for a better life. In 2001, he founded the NGO Aina in Afghanistan to encourage media training around the world, while continuing to produce incredible images of original scenes from his travels for the international media.

Reza`s work has been exhibited all over the world. Crossed Destinies, War + Peace, One World One Tribe, Hope, Windows of the Soul and Soul of Coffee are some of his most notable expositions. He lives in Paris and is the author of 27 books. 

A Fellow of the National Geographic Society and Senior Fellow of the Ashoka Foundation, he has been awarded numerous prizes including the World Press Photo Award and the Infinity Award as well as distinctions from various American Universities such as the title Doctor Honoris Causa by the American University of Paris, the Medal of Honour from the University of Missouri, and the Medal of Chevalier de l'ordre national du Merit by the French State. 


What: Reza: The Power of Photography for Humanity

When: November 8, 2017, at 7 pm

Where: Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe

Tickets: $10. Reserved seating. Available at Lensic.org, 505-988-1234, or the Lensic’s Tickets Santa Fe Box Office at 211 W. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe


The Lensic Performing Arts Center

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