Ira M. Taylor Memorial Gallery – Frost Building – Presents: The Kabul Photography Project: Darkness to Light

Ira M. Taylor Memorial Gallery – Frost Building – Presents: The Kabul Photography Project: Darkness to Light

By Janlyn Thaxton, HSU Media Relations Coordinator

 

 

 

The photographic works of the students of renowned Texas photographer Bill Wright are currently featured in an exhibit at Hardin-Simmons University through September 20, 2013.The works on display in the Ira M. Taylor Gallery at HSU are the works of some of Wright’s most unusual students. Six years ago, Wright was invited to Afghanistan to teach photography to children and young adults, aged 12 through 20, who had been living and working in the streets of Kabul. Aschiana, a non-profit organization that provides life survival skills, education, literacy, health education, and vocational training challenged Wright with the endeavor that has come to be known as the Kabul Photography Project. {{more}}Wright’s reputation as a world-class photographer spans the globe with his photographic images displayed in museums and galleries across the world, including the National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; and the British Library, London.Wright has lived in Abilene for more than 70 years and has traveled the world recording images representative of the human condition juxtaposed by the human spirit.Wright has published books of his photography including, The Tigua: Pueblo Indians of Texas, winner of the Border Book Award; The Kickapoo: Keepers of Tradition; Portraits from the Desert: Bill Wright’s Big Bend; People’s Lives: A Celebration of the Human Spirit; and The Last of the Last Frontier.Wright has served as commissioner for the Texas Commission on the Arts; chairman of the Texas Committee for the Humanities, and is the founding member of West Texas Photographic Society.The body of work at HSU is a collaboration by the non-profit, Aschiana; the U.S. State Department, and Wright. Entrance to the exhibition is free and photographs will be on display through September 20, 2013. There will be a closing reception, Thursday, September 19 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. or by appointment 325-670-2223Ira M. Taylor Memorial Gallery was dedicated and named for Ira M. Taylor on November 6, 1993. As a teacher for 23 years, Professor Taylor served 21 of those years as chair of the HSU Department of Art. His vision was instrumental in making the Frost Center for the Visual Arts a reality in 1987.