Cameron Library hosting “Passage to India” photography exhibit; photographer to share experiences in upcoming presentation

The Cameron University Library is hosting "Passage to India," an exhibit of photographs taken by photojournalist Linda Schaefer, a faculty member at East Central University, and three of her students. The exhibit will be on display through October 30. Schaefer, the author of "Come and See: A Photojournalist's Journey into the World of Mother Teresa," will be the featured speaker at the CU Library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, when Cameron observes Diversity Day. Schaefer will share her experiences in India, which include working as a volunteer with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. 

Schaefer's fascination with India dates to 1995, when she travelled there to document the works of Mother Teresa, the Albanian nun who was one of the world's greatest humanitarians.

"Since then, I dreamed of taking students to Indian to find their own Kolkata in the city where Mother Teresa began her work," Schaefer says.

In 2007, Schaefer and her students travelled to Kolkata, India, where for two weeks they captured images of the centuries-old city, once the center of British rule in India.

Schaefer's diverse background includes stints as family photographer for the Martin Luther King, Jr. family, fashion photography in New York, and crime scene photographer for the NYPD. Her work has been published in Time, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Parade and many other national publications.

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October 12, 2009
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