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Chernobyl photographer to speak at Olivet College
Feb 13, 2008

Paul Fusco, a professional photographer with Magnum Photos, will speak as part of Olivet Colleges Lecture and Symposium Series Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m. in the Upton Center. Fusco will speak about his experience documenting Belarusian children and adults sickened by radioactive fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in Ukraine. The event is free and open to the public.

Fusco worked as a photographer with the United States Army Signal Corps in Korea from 1951 to 1953 before studying photojournalism at Ohio University, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1957.

He moved to New York City and started his career as a staff photographer with Look, where he remained until 1971. In this role, he produced important reportages on social issues in the United States, including the plight of destitute miners in Kentucky; Latino ghetto life in New York City; cultural experimentation in California; African-American life in the Mississippi delta; religious proselytizing in the South; and migrant laborers. He also worked in England, Israel, Egypt, Japan, Southeast Asia, Brazil, Chile and Mexico, and made an extended study of the Iran curtain countries, from northern Finland to Iran.

For more information, call (269) 749-7164.


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