(PRESS RELEASE)_(West Palm Beach, FL – October 15, 2019) Fatima NeJame, president and chief executive officer of the world renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre (PBPC), today announced its next major exhibition with a particularly timely date for the opening reception:
EVERY DAY IS VETERANS DAY!
Portraits of American Veterans by Photographers
Mickey Strand & Jerry Tovo
FREE Opening Reception on November 11, 6 to 8 pm
Exhibition Runs November 12 to December 30
Perfectly timed for Veteran’s Day 2019, this extraordinarily moving and patriotic exhibition features soul-searing portraits by two amazing photographers, both of whom are also veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
US Navy vet and combat photographer Mickey Strand is exhibiting stunning b/w portraits of World War II veterans, visually capturing the humility and grace of “the Greatest Generation” while collecting their stories and memories before they passed. Strand served for 24 years and retired from active duty in 2009. He is now a celebrated professional photographer specializing in portrait essays.
As part of this exhibition, Strand will teach two workshops at the Photo Centre: PhotoShop for Photographers on November 8-9, and The Meaningful Portrait, November 12-14.
A drill sergeant during the Vietnam era who “remembers soldiers before they were faceless and forgotten, ravaged by the perils of life on the street,” Jerry Tovo has traveled the country to document the lives of these veterans and raise national awareness about the plight of homeless veterans.
“On any given night, more than 60,000 U.S. veterans can be found living on the streets or in shelters. More than 100,000 veterans will find themselves homeless at some point during the year,” says Tovo. “Statistics don’t have faces. This compelling exhibition at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre shows the faces behind the statistics.”
Tovo will give a lecture on his photographs at 5 pm on Monday, November 11, just prior to the exhibition’s opening reception at 6 pm. Both Mickey Strand and Jerry Tovo will attend the free reception.
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