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Columbia Professor Kai McBride to Speak About His Landscape Photos at MCCC Oct. 24


West Windsor, NJ: Columbia University Photography Professor Kai McBride will discuss his recent landscape photography projects at Mercer County Community College on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at noon in the Communications Building, Room 109.  His talk, entitled “The Untamed American Landscape,” is the first in the college's Fall 2012 Distinguished Lecture Series and will be held at the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Professor McBride will present his work and discuss how his three projects present a darker range of the modern American landscape by exploring loss, struggle, and hope, as reflected in his stark black and white photographs.  His work details the Southern Gothic swallowing of the south by the invasive Japanese kudzu vine; the alienating streets of Tampa, Florida, after the burst of the real estate bubble; and the resilient and beleaguered waters and banks of Newtown Creek, New York's latest Superfund site.

"I've long been drawn to making landscapes that reflect our humanity, rather than showing the transcendent natural world on its own,” Professor McBride said.  “I'm looking for where we are in our struggle with nature, and where that struggle has the opportunity to reveal the strengths and vulnerabilities of each."

McBride received his MFA degree from Columbia University, where he teaches photography and manages the School of the Arts photography facilities.  His work has been shown in museum and group exhibitions, and he is currently working on a book of his photographs, "About Face: Picturing Tampa."  McBride lives in Brooklyn, where he shares his apartment with his darkroom.

Columbia University Professor Kai McBride
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