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100 Years of Poetry, 100 Years of Photography

I was surprised in December by a phone call out of the blue from Alice Quinn, who was poetry editor at The New Yorker for 25 years. She’s now Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2010. As part of the centennial celebration, Quinn has curated an exhibition of artwork (mostly photography), including formal portraits of poets and some documentary images of poets.

Quinn asked for several of my photos to include in the exhibition, including this shot of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott:

Poet and Playwright Derek Walcott

My other images in the show included portraits of Alice Notley, Breyten Breytenbach, and Philip Levine.

I was fortunate to be able to fly to New York to attend the opening, which featured readings by Richard Howard, Marie Ponsot, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Sapphire. Some of my old friends from New York (including my old office mate Karl from NYU Tisch Department of Photography and Imaging) came to see the show — thanks guys!

The show runs January 5 through 15 at the National Arts Club, at 15 Gramercy Park South. Check out the review in the New York Times.

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