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International Author, Photographer to Exhibit Works

Jan. 28, 2009
Literary/Black History Month

      Internationally acclaimed photographer, author and filmmaker Lorry Salcedo will exhibit his works at Anne Arundel Community College Feb. 2-28 and provide an artist’s talk and book-signing opportunity on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

      “Looking at Afro-Peru Through the Lens” on exhibit at AACC’s Pascal Center for Performing Arts Gallery documents Afro-Latino life in South America using black and white photography. Many of his award-winning photos are set in El Carmen, Peru, a town set amidst farm fields about 125 miles south of Lima.

      Meet the artist and hear about the creative process that led to his books and films from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Florestano Building Room 101 on campus. Copies of his books will be available for purchase and signing. They include “A la Sombra del Guarango” (In the Shade of the Guarango Tree) published in 2007, “Cuerpos Fotografiados por Salcedo” (Corporal Photography by Salcedo) published in 2003 and “El Eterno Retorno” (The Eternal Return) published in 2002.

      Among the five films listed on his Web site are a long-form documentary “The Fire Within” (2008) and a short documentary “My Beautiful City” (2005), both of which he directed and produced.

      Born in Peru, Salcedo’s fascination with different ethnic groups in his country began in his teenage years and strengthened as an adult, leading to photographic and film studies of these communities. He trained as a photographer at the International Center of Photography in New York and learned filmmaking at Newsreel, New York University and Armando Robles Godoy’s academy in Peru. Salcedo has produced both documentaries and short films for the film industry. He worked in 1987 as the Peruvian correspondent in New York for El Comercio newspaper and Caretas magazine, the same year in which he gave his first solo exhibition. He worked in the early 1990s as a photo researcher and staff photographer for two New York agencies.

      Salcedo’s photos have appeared in exhibits worldwide in countries such as Argentina, Egypt, Norway, Peru and the United States. Recent local exhibits include a 2003 show at the Gomez Gallery in Baltimore. His works also appear in permanent collections in museums such as the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York as well as the Library of Congress and numerous university collections. Salcedo lives and works in New York City and Lima, Peru.

      Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays. For information on the exhibit or the talk, call Wilfredo Valladares Lara at 410-777-2771 or e-mail wvalladareslara@aacc.edu. The AACC Pascal Center for Performing Arts Gallery and the Florestano Building are on the Arnold campus at 101 College Parkway.