National Geographic Photographer James Blair to Present Work at THT
James Blair worked as a staff photographer for the National Geographic Magazine for thirty years. He has had more than 45 stories published in the magazine, and more than 2000 of his photos have appeared within its covers.
James Blair will give a talk at Town Hall Theater based on his recent exhibition Being There that recently appeared in the Jackson Gallery. The talk will take place on Wednesday, September 10th at 7:30pm, and will include projections of his work.
"My time photographing with the National Geographic opened my eyes to the beauty of the natural world and the wonder of its many inhabitants," says Blair, "It also brought into stark relief the pain and cruelty we humans too often experience." The subjects of the photographs in his Being There exhibit ranged from Martin Luther King Jr. during his "I Have a Dream" speech to Hungarian refugees before departing for safety in the US to a Peace Corps nurse comforting a patient in Tanzania. "Each of these photographs is but a single instant from long ago," says Blair, "I believe that the past is truly prologue to the future and for that reason I have selected these particular photographs as a warning of the problems that we, and our children, will sooner rather than later face."
"This was one of the most powerful and disturbing exhibits we've seen in the Jackson Gallery," says executive director of Town Hall Theater, Doug Anderson, "People were leaving the exhibit in tears." Before his tenure at National Geographic, Blair spent two years as a lieutenant in the Navy, part of that time assisting refugees from North Vietnam in Operation Passage to Freedom. As a freelance photographer he has had commissions from the U.S. Information Agency, Time, Life, and National Geographic magazines. Since retiring from National Geographic in 1994, Blair continues to teach and photograph, completing assignments for GEO (Germany), Vermont Life, and Wooden Boat magazines.
James Blair will give a talk and presentation of his work on Wednesday, September 10th at 7:30pm at Town Hall Theater, following his recent exhibition Being There in the Jackson Gallery. There is a $10 suggested donation.