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Documentary Photographer to Speak at Hendrix

Deborah Luster - Tooth for an Eye disarchive # 01-06CONWAY, Ark. (August 26, 2013) – The Hendrix College Department of Art will host a talk by visiting artist and documentary photographer Deborah Luster on Monday, Sept. 09,  at 6 p.m.  in Art Building A Room A110.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hendrix art professor Melissa Gill at 505-1562 or

Luster is best known for the series "One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana," a collaboration with poet C.D. Wright. This collection of photographic portraits portrays prisoners from three Louisiana prisons, including the infamous Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. In her 2003 monograph (One Big Self, Twin Palms Publishing), Luster writes, “I chose to photograph each person as they presented their very own selves before my camera on the chance that I might be fortunate enough to contact, as poet Jack Gilbert writes ‘their hearts in their marvelous cases.’ These portraits – painstakingly printed on 5 x 4 inch sheets of black aluminum – are individualistic, diverse and emotionally compelling.”

Luster's work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, New Orleans Museum of Art, and other notable public and private collections. Her awards include the Dorothea Lange—Paul Taylor Prize for Documentary Photography from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (with C.D. Wright), an Anonymous Was a Woman Award, The John Guttman Award, a Peter S. Reed Foundation Award, and a Bucksbaum Family Award for American Photography (Friends of Photography, San Francisco).

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country’s best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit

About the Image:
Title: Tooth for an Eye disarchive # 01-06
Location: Tulane Avenue at Dupree, Le Petit Motel (Mid-City)
Date: April 14, 2008 3:30 a.m.
Name: unidentified woman (20)
Notes: Gunshot wound to head.
Copyright Deborah Luster, all rights reserved, used with permission.