Acclaimed Photographer Thomas Roma
Presents Slide Lecture on Recent Work Nov. 5

10/16/09


West Windsor, N.J. -- Internationally acclaimed photographer Thomas Roma, a professor and director of the undergraduate and graduate Photography Program at Columbia University School of the Arts, will present a visual and poetic journey of 1950s northern New Jersey in his talk, "Recent Works: Photography Through the Lens of Thomas Roma," on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 12 noon at Mercer County Community College.

Free and open to the public, his presentation is part of MCCC's Distinguished Lecture Series. It will take place on the college's West Windsor campus in the Communications Building, CM 110, 1200 Old Trenton Road.

Photo by Thomas Roma from
House Calls with William Carlos Williams, MD

Roma's talk will begin with a brief overview of past projects, but will concentrate on his latest publication, House Calls with William Carlos Williams, MD (with an accompanying text by Dr. Robert Coles), which was released last September by powerhouse Books, Inc. He will also discuss his soon-to-be released book, Dear Knights and Dark Horses, a visual exploration of the transition from childhood fantasy to soldier.

Twice the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships, Thomas Roma's work has appeared in one-person and group exhibitions internationally, including one-person shows with accompanying books at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography in NewYork. He has photographed extensively in his native Brooklyn, narrating scenes from churches, subways, and everyday life.

Roma's monographs include: Come Sunday (with an introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.); Found in Brooklyn (with an introduction by Dr. Robert Coles); Sunset Park, Higher Ground (with an introduction by Ian Frazier); Enduring Justice (with an introduction by Norman Mailer); Show & Tell, Sanctuary (with and introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.); Sicilian Passage, In Prison Air (with an introduction by John Szarkowski); and On Three Pillars (with text by Phillip Lopate).

Roma has taught photography at Yale, Fordham, Cooper Union, and The School of Visual Arts. In 1996, he became the director of the Photography Program at Columbia. His work is featured in numerous collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal.

To learn more about the lectures at Mercer County Community College, click here or call 609-570-3324.

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