The Hendrix College Department of Art will host a talk by visiting artist and documentary photographer Deborah Luster at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9 in Art Building A Room A110.
Luster is best known for the series “One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana,” a collaboration with poet C.D. Wright. This collection of photographic portraits portrays prisoners from three Louisiana prisons, including the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. In her 2003 monograph, “One Big Self,” Luster writes, “I chose to photograph each person as they presented their very own selves before my camera on the chance that I might be fortunate enough to contact, as poet Jack Gilbert writes ‘their hearts in their marvelous cases.’ These portraits — painstakingly printed on 5x4 inch sheets of black aluminum — are individualistic, diverse and emotionally compelling.”
Luster’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, New Orleans Museum of Art, and other notable public and private collections. Her awards include the Dorothea Lange — Paul Taylor Prize for Documentary Photography from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, The John Guttman Award, a Peter S. Reed Foundation Award, and a Bucksbaum Family Award for American Photography.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hendrix art professor Melissa Gill at 505-1562 or firstname.lastname@example.org.