An exhibition in paintings and pictures, "Manuel Rivera-Ortiz: India & Corresponding Works on Canvas" is now being shown at The William Whipple Art Gallery in Marshall, MN through April 27.
Puerto Rican-born international photographer Manuel Rivera-Ortiz opens his latest exhibition, 36 color images of India and its people from 2003-05, at the William Whipple Art Gallery located on the grounds of Southwest Minnesota State University. Rivera-Ortiz is a documentarian dedicated to picturing stories of hardship and hope in the third world. His photos marry journalism and the very personal experience of his childhood growing up poor in outposts throughout Guayama, Puerto Rico.
His award-winning Cuba work is included in the two-year traveling exhibition/publication "Viajeros: North American Photographers Images of Cuba," running through April 14 at The Centre Gallery, Miami Dade College, Wofson Campus, Miami, FL. Images from Rivera-Ortiz's first ever documentary work in Kenya 2001 were recently added to the permanent collection of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY. "Manuel Rivera-Ortiz: India" is made possible in part through the generous support of Grace Tillinghast, Community Affairs, Eastman Kodak Company. Selections from "Manuel Rivera-Ortiz: India" open at various national and international venues; including Columbia University at the Joseph Pulitzer Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.
"Manuel Rivera-Ortiz: India" reopens in Rochester, NY, in May at the India Community Center. See the current edition of www.artsrochester.org/Metropolitan/MetropolitanAbout.htm of the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester "Metropolitan" magazine for more information.