Monday, April 28, 2008

Hanging out with Larry Towell and Mike Stevens

This past weekend I was fortunate to organize Larry Towell's lecture / multi media performance with  Mike Stevens. Amazing music and images. Below are some pictures from the rehersal, a quick clip from the actual performance where you can hear Larry's guitar and Mike's amazing harmonica styling and then some shots from the performance itself. 


"Larry Towell's business card reads "Human Being". Like Robert Doisneau, he is one those rare photojournalists who travels reluctantly and only when the subject really matters. Experience as a poet and a folk musician did much to shape his personal style, and wherever he travels, Towell concentrates on finding and photographing intimacy. He became a Magnum nominee in 1988, and a full member in 1993"

"If there's one theme that connects all my work, I think it's that of land-lessness; how land makes people into who they are and what happens to them when they lose it and thus lose their identities."

Larry Towell: The World From My Front Porch
February 16 through June 15, 2008

Here is the official word from the museum.

"In celebration of three decades of photojournalism, George Eastman House presents a multi-media retrospective exhibition of work by the photographer Larry Towell, featuring photographs, writings, and audio recordings of original spoken words and music performances. Through an intimate perspective, Towell has captured scenes from the many political and geographical conflicts of the last thirty years. The World from My Front Porch is an exhibition that seeks to address the impact of social unrest on cultural identity.


Hailed as an innovative musician and author, Mike transcends the perceived limitations of the instrument in virtually every musical genre. His aggressive soulful approach to the harmonica takes audiences on an incredible journey. Best known for his groundbreaking work in the bluegrass field with legendary Grand Ole Opry members "Jim & Jesse" (with whom he has performed on The Grand Ole Opry over 300 times); Mike was able to create an original, much sought after and often copied, style of playing the harmonica."

Clip from the performance

Images from the performance.



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