IWP Writers

An exhibition of portraits by Thomas Langdon
On view August 31 - October 4, 2015

Please join us for an exhibition reception at Prairie Lights Cafe
on Sunday, September 20th from 5-6 PM (right after the IWP Reading)!

Artists Statement

“I began photographing visiting writers of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2002.  The idea developed while photographing for the book cover of Edward Carey’s (IWP 2002) novel Alva and Irva.  Since then I have photographed over 200 writers and I look forward to meeting and photographing them every fall.  They have very strong presences.  Some have been through difficult ordeals including imprisonment, national conflicts or exile.  There is a richness, a maturity in their faces, glances and gestures that are very telling.  It is the writer that provides the portrait. I am simply there to respond briefly with my camera and the existing light. Thank you to Christopher Merrill, Hugh Ferrer and the staff of the IWP for graciously granting me access to the writers and IWP events.”

About the Artist

Thomas Langdon has four decades of experience as a photographer.  He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography and sculpture and a Master of Arts degree in anthropology.  An on-going personal project is portraiture of writers from the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP).  A selection of thirty-five writer portraits are installed as a permanent exhibition in the reception areas of the University of Iowa’s Health Care Iowa River Landing facility.  His writer portraits have been frequently exhibited and also used on numerous book jackets and in international publications. He has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council for photography exhibitions in public and social spaces.  Langdon travels internationally to photograph, most frequently to the Mexican states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Michocán and in 2013 traveled to South Sudan as a visiting lecturer with sponsorship by the State Department and the IWP.  He lives in rural Johnson County, Iowa.

For more information, please visit the artist’s website at: www.visualsupportgroup.com.

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