Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Exhibit: Diversity of Devotion

Image Copyright © Marcia Halperin-All Rights Reserved

"Diversity of Devotion" a shared photo-documentary project exploring the range of spiritual practices observed throughout New York City will be exhibited at Safe-T-Gallery in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, from September 7th, through September 23rd, 2007. The show, features the work of 32 photographers from across the country, who participated and photographed events during one week in November of 2006 and during a second week in January of this year. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 6th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm which is open to the public and will be attended by many of the photographers as well as representatives of various spiritual groups.

The exhibition contains 40 thought-provoking, and inspired images documenting New York City's varied and unique spiritual and religious beliefs. "Diversity of Devotion" photographers were welcomed in homes, churches, and spiritual centers where they went about capturing both distinct and universal aspects of belief and faith. Islam, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Santeria, Greek Orthodoxy and Catholicism are all represented among the images, to name a few.

Four photographers were selected for special honors: Stephanie Keith, Melanie Einzig, Marcia Halperin and Nura Qureshi, their work and the work of all the photographers helped to exemplify the extraordinary diversity of belief found within New York City. The jurors were Tewfic El-Sawy - travel and culture photographer, Russell Joslin - Editor / Publisher SHOTS Magazine, Alison Nordstrom - Educator and Curator of Photographs, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Eli Reed - Award winning Magnum photojournalist and Molly Roberts - Smithsonian Magazine, Photo Editor.

The Project Director and Curator of the Diversity of Devotion project is Jenny Joswiak, who can be contacted through her email.

Safe-T-Gallery, 111 Front Street, Suite 214, Brooklyn, NY 11201 is located in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, between Washington and Adams Streets

For further information, visit Diversity of Devotion

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