“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”— Mark Twain.
Photographic images have power and meaning. They have the ability to impact minds and create lasting change on both small and large scales. At the beginning of the 20th century, the French banker Albert Kahn commissioned his photographers to travel around the world in order to document a variety of cultures. This project, developed before World War I, was intended to perform a mission of peace: bringing the outside world closer to home.
As the economy globalizes, and uprooted populations introduce unanticipated diversity to previously insular societies, we need to know what it means to live and think differently. Travel provides us with the opportunity to broaden our global view by engaging with people who have different perspectives, beliefs, and customs. The more we travel outside of our comfort zone and allow ourselves to see the world from a different viewpoint, the more comfortable we become with diversity and begin to realize that people from around the world share more in common than we might have first thought.
Travel is a “corrective lens” that allows us to develop a worldview based on knowledge and firsthand experience, rather than fear. The photographers in this exhibit have used the camera to not only capture the memories of cultures and people around the world, but also as a catalyst for achieving tolerance and respect.
Exhibiting photographers include: Mila Bird, Barbara B. Collins, Harlan Crowder, Andrea Ewald, Ron Herman, Marilyn Howard, Mary Ellen Kaschub, Melinda Miller, Wes Mitchell, Pam Perkins, Annabelle Port, Gabrielle Rondell, Jacque Rupp,, Mamen Saura, Timotius Tjahjadi, Sharon Wada, Don Wheatley
Jurors: Mamen Saura and Ron Herman