Sunday, March 17, 2013

talk | by Magnum photographer Eli Reed

It was not until late last month when I stumbled upon a collection of black and white photographs taken by a Magnum photographer. In that photo, the strong natural light coming from outside the window is sifted through by slats of window blinds casting stripes of shadows on a naked woman's back. The woman's pose speaks volumes. Simple yet vivid and sensual. Raw and heavy. Perhaps post-coitus, after an afternoon filled with intense lovemaking? (Oh, well, that was how I interpreted it). Then, I got lost in that world of amazing images! 

From then on, Magnum takes on a different meaning for me. No longer a type of gun or a brand of ice cream but a collective of the world's topnotch photographers (which includes on its list Ansel Adams). Little did I know that in the weeks that would follow, one of its member would visit Dumaguete.

Eli Reed, Magnum active photographer-full member.
Mr. Reeds first batch of photos which was shown on screen blew the top of my head. 

Ellis (Eli) Reed (born 1946) is an award-winning American photographer and photojournalist. Reed was the first full-time black photographer employed by Magnum Agency and the author of several books, including "Black In America".Several of the photographs from that project have been recognized in juried shows and exhibitions. Reed is a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (1982–1983) and is currently the clinical professor of photojournalism at The University of Texas at Austin. He was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1982.Reed is an Olympus Visionary as well as a recipient of the World Press Award and Overseas Press Club Award. --wikipedia

The talk was held at James V. Herring AVR, Foundation University
Thanks Hersley Ven Casero and La Rissa for the heads up! Cheers!

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