FLASH Waterloo Region to host third annual photography celebration Jan. 27

Magnum photographer Larry Towell to headline award-winning event

WATERLOO REGION (November 1, 2016) – Renowned Canadian photographer Larry Towell will top the bill in early 2017 when FLASH Waterloo Region hosts its third annual celebration of photography in Kitchener, Ont.

Towell, who hails from Wallaceburg in rural southwestern Ontario, has been honoured with numerous awards and exhibited his work around the world over a career spanning nearly four decades. He is the only Canadian member of Magnum Photos, the prestigious international photographers’ collective founded in Paris in 1947.

On Friday, Jan. 27, he will join professional and amateur photographers and photography lovers at the Tannery Event Centre in downtown Kitchener, where dozens of images will be projected in high definition onto the facility’s large, wraparound screen.

Towell will address the audience following a video segment featuring three featured photographers (to be announced later this month) and a curated exhibition of images submitted by the general public during the FLASH open call.

The open call begins today and continues until Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Entrants can be amateurs or professionals and can submit up to three digital images on any subject using this form, subject to the submission guidelines outlined.

Tickets for the event will go on sale Dec. 5 via Eventbrite.

FLASH, which earlier this year was named best new festival or event at the Arts Awards Waterloo Region, is a community-based volunteer initiative to celebrate and elevate the art and science of photography. Through contemporary technology and collaborative spirit, FLASH seeks to tap the potential in each of us to make a great image, and build a community of practice by promoting artists of all levels of experience.

In recognition of the value of good photography, all artists whose work appears in the show are paid an exhibition fee.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring such an accomplished photographer as Larry Towell to our community,” said FLASH spokesperson Anthony Reinhart. “We can’t wait to see his images on those amazing screens and hear some of the stories behind them.”

Towell, who is also a poet and musician, has circled the globe numerous times to document conflicts from Central America and the Middle East to Afghanistan and New York City, where he was present on 9/11. Closer to home, he has trained his lens on Canada’s indigenous peoples, Mennonites and his own rural family, among many other subjects. Life, the New York Times and Rolling Stone are among the countless publications in which his work has appeared.

With a strong interest in peace and human rights, Towell is known for imbuing his work – all of it shot on black-and-white film – with empathy for his subjects.

“I try to become the people I photograph,” he told Macleans in a 2014 interview. “If you can take a photo through the eyes of your subject, you might transfer some clarity and empathy to the viewer, and that’s doing quite a lot.”

Previous FLASH headliners were Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Barbara Davidson (2015) and Camille Seaman (2016), a Native American photographer and TED fellow known for her portraits of melting polar ice.

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Media inquiries:

Anthony Reinhart