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For Immediate Release
August 29, 2012

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Stuart Soloway
(585) 395-2797
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As Isaac Barrels Toward the Gulf Coast, The College at Brockport Looks Back at Hurricane Katrina

Photographic Exhibit begins August 30 in the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery

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Press Release Photo August 29, 2005, New Orleans, LA

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Press Release Photo September 5, 2005, New Orleans, LA

Brockport, NY – One day before the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s arrival in New Orleans, Hurricane Isaac is wending its way toward the Crescent City on the same destructive path. And one day past that anniversary, the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery will open a photographic exhibit documenting the destruction and personal misfortunes visited upon the people of New Orleans during that catastrophic storm. The show, Telling Their Stories: The Lingering Legacy of Hurricane Katrina will run from August 30 – October 12, 2012, with an opening reception on August 30 from 4 – 6 pm. The gallery is located at 180 Holley Street, Brockport.

When photographers converged on the convention center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a survivor cried out, “Thank God the press is here.” Her words expressed a sentiment that characterizes the storytelling and relationships that developed between the people of the Gulf Coast and the media in the months that followed.

Rather than using common sense that might have told them to seek higher, drier ground, these photographers were compelled to document not just the destruction of the storm, but the stories of those who remained in New Orleans, whether by choice, or by circumstance. These stories, captured in single images, can be as harrowing as any narrative or video can capture.

This exhibition is on loan from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, and includes photographs by numerous nationally known journalistic photographers, including Smiley N. Pool, Jim Winn, Irwin Thompson, Ron Bowmer and several others.

-end- Gallery hours: Monday – Friday: 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday: 1 - 4 pm. For more information, call (585) 395-2805. Parking at Tower Fine Arts Center: Weekdays: Until 7 pm, parking permits are required. Permits cost $4 and can be obtained at the Raye H. Conrad Welcome Center. Evenings and Weekends: After 7 pm on weekdays, and throughout the weekend, parking is not regulated. Metered parking is available adjacent to Tower Fine Arts Center.

Images: 1: September 5, 2005, New Orleans, LA, by Rick Bowmer 2: August 29, 2005, New Orleans, LA, by Jim Winn

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