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Photographer as Child: A Conversation with the Artist

Photographer Efren Lopez will discuss his work

Jan. 30, 2012, by Judy Holmes

Image by Efren Lopez
Image by Efren Lopez
The La Casita Cultural Center will present “The Photographer as Child: A Conversation with the Artist, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10. The event is part of a series of events related to the exhibition, "The Photographer as Child: Memories of Guatemala," by Efren Lopez. The work is on display in the Center's gallery through May 10. Lopez will discuss his photography, memoir, and life experiences with journalist Simon Perez, assistant professor of broadcast and digital journalism in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.

The La Casita Cultural Center is located in the historic Lincoln Building, 109 Otisco St., Syracuse. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Other related events include a  “Teen Photography Exhibit” with an opening reception 3 to 6 p.m. March 23. Further information is forthcoming and will be available on the La Casita web site. 

Born in Guatemala, Lopez is a student in the Military Photojournalism Program in Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is also an aerial photographer for the U.S. Air Force and the first reservist to be selected to attend Newhouse’s Military Photojournalism Program.  He now lives in Arizona.

The exhibit features images Lopez captured on a return trip to Guatemala in 2009. “My life began in a bamboo hut at the side of a road in a tiny town named Petaca, Guatemala, in 1966,” Lopez writes. “It’s a town so small that it is next to impossible to find on most maps of Guatemala, much less Central America.”
Image by Efren Lopez
Image by Efren Lopez
Lopez has documented real-world situations and the military around the globe and has captured stunning images in Arizona and Guatemala. His work has been featured in various publications, including the book Arizona 24/7, and has been awarded many distinctions, including first place in the Professional Photography category at the 2008 Arizona State Fair, an honorable mention in the pictorial category in the 2009 Military Photographer of the Year competition, and first place in the 2011 Multimedia Team 19th Annual Department of Defense Worldwide Military Photography Workshop.

La Casita is a vibrant cultural, artistic, and educational center supported by Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Chancellor. The Center is committed to promoting and documenting the arts and culture of Central New York’s Latino/Latin American community through collaborative programming the visual and expressive arts, education, and community activism.

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Judy Holmes