Richland College will present photographer Mitch Dobrowner at 7 p.m., Thurs., Oct, 25 in the Fannin Performance Hall for an artist lecture and image presentation. This free event will be hosted by Richland’s School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts photography program. A reception, art sale and signing will follow the lecture.
Growing up on Long Island, N.Y., Dobrowner pursued photography out of a passion for the discipline. Inspired by the work of Minor White and Ansel Adams, he traveled the American Southwest at a young age to “see it for himself.” He left home at age 21, equipped with an Argus rangefinder, a gift from his father, and began tracking storm systems and capturing evocative images of thunderstorms.
Dobrowner travels with friend and storm-chasing expert Roger Hill, following super cells across the landscape. He explains, “I’m out there for days or weeks at a time…In order to capture the true feeling of these scenes, I’ve got to be there in more than a physical way. I wait for that internal, spiritual connection to come. It also makes for a more tangible, physical challenge. Once I’m in that ‘place’ I only wait for those moments that are just the right moments.”
Dobrowner’s awards include the Sony World Photo Award, The Jacob Riis Award, B&W Spider Award, numerous IPA/Lucie Awards and The National Geographic Society Visions of Paradise Award. His work can be viewed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Portland Art Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. His work has been exhibited in national and international venues including New York, San Diego, Chicago, Santa Fe, Paris, London and China.
Richland continues its commitment to excellence in photography by bringing world-class photographers to campus to interact with students over the course of a day concluding with a free public lecture, reception and folio signing. Past par¬ticipants in this distinguished series include Mary Ellen Mark, Jock Sturges, Ralph Gibson, Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor, Joyce Tenneson, Keith Carter, and Arno Minkkinen.
For more information, contact Wayne Loucas at 972-238-6078 or Michael Mazurek at 972-238-6339. Images and additional information can be found at http://mitchdobrowner.com.