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The Fine Art of Documentary: Why beautiful pictures of war, poverty, and disease matter.

January 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Tickets Starting at: $5 – $10

North Shore Photography Lecture Series: Co-sponsored by Sweethaven Gallery and the Firehouse Center for the Arts

The challenging work presented on SDN explores poverty, disease, environmental degradation, war, migration, and many others. Why does it matter that a photograph of a malnourished child is composed well, or that a photograph of a migrant family camping in the mud on the Serbia/Hungarian border uses black and white tonality in a masterful way? Aren’t the facts presented by the photos in such cases what is most important? Does form matter when the subject is about life and death?

Glenn Ruga and Barbara Ayotte will make a compelling argument why form matters, why art matters, and why it is a disservice to the issues being explored to only focus on the raw facts visible on the surface and not to also honor the integrity of a photograph created with the talent and skill of an artist who has organized these elements into a meaningful, and often beautiful, composition.

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January 29, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $10
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Sweethaven Gallery
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Firehouse Center for the Arts
Market Square
Newburyport, MA 01950 United States
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