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Renowned photographer Bruce Davidson to speak at Drury University

For Immediate Release November 6

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Greg Booker
Assistant Professor of Art/Art History and Communication
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 4, 2009 — Internationally recognized photographer Bruce Davidson will speak at Drury University as part of the Canon Explorers of Light Program on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Lay Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Lay Hall is located on Benton Avenue just south of Clara Thompson Hall (Campus Map). For more information contact Greg Booker at (417) 873-7203.

Bruce Davidson, an American photographer, is one of the most recognized photographers in the world. Davidson's most notable work includes his documentation of the Civil Rights Movement and slums of Harlem and Brooklyn in the middle of the 20th century. A Yale graduate, Davidson has been nationally recognized for his work. He earned the first ever photography grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent organization created by the United States federal government to fund projects exhibiting artistic excellence.

Founded by Canon U.S.A., Inc., in 1995, the Canon Explorers of Light Program is a panel of 78 internationally recognized Canon photographers traveling to mentor young photographers by delivering seminars, workshops, gallery showings and photo presentations at a variety of professional association and amateur photo groups and colleges across the country.

"The Explorers of Light program is, in the purest sense of the word, a mentoring program; a means of sharing hard-earned knowledge and expertise and of actually shedding light on the intricacies of imaging of all sorts," explained Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. "It is a bridge between the professional photo community and coming amateur photographers, some of whom will move us, challenge us, make us laugh and make us cry with their images and their vision."

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