Shaftsbury native opening exhibit of Syria photography in town


BENNINGTON -- In the fall of 2003, Kevin Bubriski of Shaftsbury was on assignment in Aleppo, Syria for the World Monuments Fund and Aramco World where he photographed "Syria: In Black And White -- 2003." The photographs will be on exhibit at the meeting house of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington at 108 School Street until the end of April.

The images displayed are of the ancient Aleppo market place (Souk) and its merchants as well as the ancient Christian pilgrimage towns, called the Dead Cities, and ancient Roman cities and towns along the Euphrates River and the desert trade route to Mesopotamia. Many of the places in the photographs have been destroyed in the Syrian civil war.

Mr. Bubriski sought out the assignment in Syria because "I wanted to show the human faces of the Syrian people."In his artist’s statement, he relates, "I believe in the power of documentary photography to create bridges of understanding between people and places. I feel it is essential that we see who people are through photographs, and the richness of their lives and culture. This awareness helps foster mutual understanding between peoples. I believe in the power of documentary photography to create bridges of understanding between people and places. May these photographs stir your curiosity about the complexity, diversity and beauty of the world."

Over the past four decades Mr. Bubriski has done photography at home and in very remote corners around the world. Along with the geographical breadth of his photographic images, he has witnessed and lived through the changing world of photographic image making, from the alchemy of black and white film processed into negatives and printed laboriously in the wet darkroom, to the quick snap of an electronic shutter, the instant printing of digital color images and the image making potential of the smart phone.

Kevin Bubriski’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Center of Photography, and the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. A recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright and NEA fellowships, Bubriski worked for nine years in Nepal, and has also photographed his numerous journeys to India, Tibet, and Bangladesh. Kevin has worked overseas in 15 Muslim countries on photographic assignments concerned with Islamic culture.

All are welcome to attend a reception on Sunday, March 9 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 108 School St. in Bennington. Mr. Burbriski will be in attendance to discuss his work with visitors to the exhibit.


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