Acclaimed photographer Ami Vitale joined us at the Space on Thursday and shared her award winning work shot in Kashmir along with other recent still and video projects. Vitale's photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report and The New York Times, among others.
We didn't know what to expect but got very positive words from the one-and-only David Hume Kennerly who called the day of the lecture to express his regrets for not being able to attend.
She was - as Kennerly forewarned us - extremely charming and quite a wonderful photographer. The theme of her talk was "The Story Within The Story" and she told many
Touching stories, beautiful stories, tragic stories - moments of memory made timeless by the arresting images she took as they unfolded.
The images were poignant portraits of cultures and identities around the globe, and the stories she shared about them were just as engaging- we wished she published her written journal.
Her presentation displayed the strong bond that she shares with her subjects and the communities she works in.
A bond which - it was clear - she had no trouble making with those who came to hear her speak as well.
Ami withheld no details regarding her choice of photo gear, her process - or her decision not to use Photoshop.
She also made it clear through retelling some personal experiences, that she thinks every photographer should fight to keep their copyright.
A transporting evening courtesy of an amazing talent
...and so friendly and approachable too!
Thank you Ami!
(All images © Unique for the Space)