I’m pretty excited to welcome photographer Kyle Cassidy to campus tomorrow. He’s a well-known photographer and author from Philadelphia who reached out to me and Bret Weber about our man camp project (via Kostis Kourelis!). He’ll be joining us out in the man camps over the weekend for a whirlwind documentation, photography, and adventure trip. (It’s an adventure trip since Richard Rothaus will be joining us.) We see his work as a potentially important contribution to the North Dakota Man Camp Collective.
Kyle will be giving a talk on campus tomorrow at noon in the East Asia Room at the Chester Fritz Library. Since it appeared in the Grand Forks Herald yesterday, it’ll be huge.
Here’s what his talk is on:
Kyle Cassidy talks about the process of visual storytelling, drawing from his published works, photo essays, and gallery shows. He’ll discuss how the medium has changed over the past decade into a much richer environment, how academics and artists can embrace and use this, connect to larger audiences and how the new mechanisms can be used to fund and facilitate research.
Here’s who he is:
Kyle Cassidy has been documenting America since the 1990s. He has photographed mobsters, music subcultures, politicians, dominatrices, scholars, and science fiction fans. His projects have extended abroad to Romania, where he captured the lives of homeless orphans living in sewers; and to Egypt, where he reported on archaeological excavations. His documentary photography book Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes was awarded Amazon.com’s “Best 100 Books of 2007 “Best 10 Art Books of 2007 medals and won rave reviews from both Field and Stream as well as the Washington Post. His most recent book War Paint: Tattoo Culture and the Armed Forces tells the stories of veterans body art. Currently he is working on a book project entitled Where I Write: Fantasy and Science Fiction Authors in Their Creative Spaces as well as a collection of portraits of roller derby players.
Here’s who is sponsoring his talk:
Working Group in Digital and New Media and Department of History