Photographer Thomas Oats' "Steps Through Time: Journeys in the Middle East" will be featured in an exhibit in the Pius XII Memorial Library, from Friday, Oct. 8 through Thursday, June 30, 2011.
The exhibit is located on the level 2 north wall of Pius Library.
An opening reception is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8. Refreshments will be provided.
About the photography
Though the Middle East is a place of major political and cultural conflict, these photographic images do not attempt to argue political or religious concerns, except on the broader issues of social justice.
They do document the warm humanity of peoples who are at times stereotyped for political reasons.
Serving as a witness to details of a culture in transition has long been an acknowledged role of documentary photography.
The photographic record produced in these and many other studies not only document a moment in culture but also express solidarity for the shared human values that unite people across the boundaries of culture and politics.
It is worth noting that these and many other significant documentary photographic studies combine written narrative as companion pieces to the photographic narrative. Together these pieces have created an ongoing narrative genre in our literature.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Ong Center and the English department